Planning Proposals

A Planning Proposal is the process to change the zoning of a site or sites, and/or the range of activities permissible on a site within a Local Environmental Plan (LEP). 

To rezone land in Fairfield City, a Planning Proposal (PP) must be prepared. The Planning Proposal must be justified and be consistent with State, Metropolitan, Subregional and Local Strategic Plans.

Pre lodgement meetings for Planning Proposals are encouraged to allow:

  • proponents to communicate intentions for sites supported (where applicable) by studies, concept plans and drawings;
  • Council to provide the context of current planning work or developments that are occurring in the area and may impact upon a Planning Proposal.

You can start the process by speaking with Council's Customer Service Team on 9725 0222.

How the process works

Step 1 - Planning Proposal
Council (in the majority of cases) is responsible for the preparation of a planning proposal, which explains the effect of, and justification for, the proposal. The applicant is responsible for supplying to Council all the necessary information to justify the basis of the proposal. Council staff considers the information provided and a report is prepared for the consideration of Council’s Outcomes Committee. Complete the following Planning Proposal Application Form(PDF, 657KB).

The applicant is invited to the Committee meeting to support their Planning Proposal, where the Committee (made up of half the number of Councillors) will decide on whether to proceed. The Outcomes Committee makes a recommendation to Council, and Councillors consider the report and recommendations at the next full Council meeting.

Step 2 - Gateway
If Council supports the Planning Proposal, it is sent to the NSW Government for  review. This ‘Gateway’ process allows a Planning Proposal to be reviewed for a decision if it will proceed. A community consultation process is also determined at this time. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment website provides detailed information about the Planning Proposal and Gateway Process.

Step 3 - Community consultation
The proposal is publicly exhibited (generally low impact proposals for 14 days, all others for 28 days). A person making a submission may also request a public hearing be held. A further report is prepared for Council’s consideration at the conclusion of the exhibition period. All persons who have made a submission are invited to speak at the Outcomes Committee meeting.

Step 4 - Assessment
The relevant planning authority considers public submissions and the proposal is varied as necessary. Parliamentary counsel then prepare a draft local environmental plan — the legal instrument.

Step 5 - Decision
The Minister (or delegate) approves the plan and it becomes law, being published on the NSW legislation website.

Application Fees

Minor Local Environmental Plan Amendment (LEP)
Spot rezoning of a single site, matter does not create a significant precedent or require a policy review.
Please note additional fees may also apply such as the preparation of a Economic Impact Statement and a peer review which will be at the applicant's cost.
2019/20 fee: $15,000.00

Major Local Environmental Plan Amendment (LEP)
Large number of lots, matter creates a significant precedent or requires a major policy review.
2019/20 fee: $50,000.00

Planning Proposals may also require amendments to associated Council policies such as Development Control Plans.

Minor related Development Control Plan (DCP) Amendment
2019/20 fee: $2,000.00 (This fee is refundable if the amendment does not proceed.)

Major related Development Control Plan Amendment/creation of Development Control Plan or amendment to site specific Development Control Plan
2019/20 fee: $10,000.00 

Minor or major related Section 94 Development Contribution Plan Amendment
2019/20 fee: No charge

Pre-Planning Proposal advice - Minor Amendment
2019/20 fee: $300.00
Pre-Planning Proposal advice - Major Amendment

2019/20 fee: $1750.00

Local Environmental Plan Tracking System

The Department of Planning and Environment's online tracking system is available for any person to follow the process of a Planning Proposal once it has been submitted by Council to the Department.

Strategic Planning and Investigations

The Western City District Plan provides a 20-year plan to manage growth and achieve the 40-year vision, while enhancing Greater Sydney’s liveability, productivity and sustainability into the future. It is a guide for implementing A Metropolis of Three Cities - the Greater Sydney Region Plan at a District level and is a bridge between regional and local planning.

Western Sydney Freight Line corridor identification - Transport for NSW in 2018 consulted on a recommended corridor of land for the Western Sydney Freight Line between M7 Motorway and the planned Outer Sydney Orbital’s freight rail corridor near Luddenham. The corridor passes through the suburbs of Villwood, Fairfield East, Yennora, Smithfield, Wetherill Park and Horsley Park. Find out more, including a map of affected areas, through Transport for NSW.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is on track to begin operations in 2026. Planning controls will reduce the impact of aircraft noise by restricting the types of buildings that can be constructed near the airport, as well as flight path design. Find out more , including the Managing aircraft noise fact sheet and the Environmental Impact Statement, through Western Sydney Airport.

Fairfield Rural Lands Urban Investigation Area has been the subject of an Urban Capability Assessment and Draft Structure Plan Options for the Fairfield Rural Lands Urban Investigation Area, covering the suburbs of Horsley Park and Cecil Park.

Western Sydney Regional Infrastructure Projects and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Line

Western Sydney Airport 

Residential Upzoning Fairfield, Fairfield Heights, Fairfield East and Villawood 2020