Planning Proposal & Gateway Approval
Amendments to Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 are being delivered in stages.
LEP Review - Stage 1 Planning Proposal
Fairfield LEP 2013 - Amendment No. 37
The following changes came into effect on 27 November 2020.
- A new aim for the LEP to acknowledge the role of the Fairfield Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 2040 in underpinning the provisions of Fairfield LEP 2013.
- New or amended local clauses relating to active street frontages, design excellence, floodplain risk management and hospital helicopter airspace.
- Additional objectives relating to Floor Space Ratio and Height of Buildings clauses to encourage better building design.
- Amendment to Schedule 2 – Exempt Development to include development relating to temporary use of Council owned/managed land, display of goods on Council footpaths, emergency works on Council land.
- Amendment to Schedule 5 – Environmental Heritage, to update descriptions of 14 properties to reflect current property details.
- Amendment to relevant LEP Land Zoning Maps and associated LEP Height of Building, FSR, Lot Size for Dual Occupancy, and Lot Size Map Dual to address current LEP anomalies affecting the properties at 18 Butler Avenue, Bossley Park, 61 Hill St, Cabramatta and 47 Brown Rd, Bonnyrigg.
LEP Review - Stage 2 Planning Proposal
Fairfield LEP 2013 – Amendment No.46
The changes will come into effect once further endorsed and implemented by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the NSW Legislation website.
The Planning Proposal aims, in part, to:
Implement urban design studies that recommend a range of land use zoning changes as well as amendments to development standards, including floor space ratio and height of building controls applying to:
- Fairfield City Centre – sites under 2,500m2
- Cabramatta Town Centre
- Canley Vale Local Centre
- Carramar Neighbourhood Centre and surrounding residential precincts.
It is expected that the proposed increase in densities will help revitalise the existing centres, and to deliver additional housing in well-located areas, within the eastern part of the City.
Note: The draft Urban Design Study for Smithfield Town Centre, and for Yennora and Fairfield East, have not been included in the Stage 2 PP because of the investigations for the Western Sydney Freight Line corridor. The Western Sydney Freight Line is a NSW State Government proposed dedicated freight rail line connection between the Western Parkland City and Port Botany. It will provide a freight link from the Stage 1 corridor near the M7 Motorway to the Southern Sydney Freight Line near Leightonfield. The Stage 2 corridor is under investigation and affects land in Smithfield, Fairfield East and Yennora. For more information on the Western Sydney Freight Line corridor, call the NSW State Government on 1800 837 511.
Implement changes to development standards within various precincts zoned R3 Medium Density Residential as follows:
Floor Space Ratio (FSR) for precincts shown as “Area B” on the floor space ratio map:
- FSR currently 0.45:1
- FSR proposed 0.5:1 for sites less than 22 metres wide
- FSR proposed 0.65:1 for sites 22 metres and greater
- FSR proposed 0.15 bonus for provision of basement car parking
Height of Building (HoB) for precincts shown as “Area A” on the height of building map:
- HoB currently 9 metres (2 storeys)
- HoB proposed 10 metres (3 storeys) for corner sites with 22 metre width required on both street frontages as well as the provision of basement car parking.
Note: R3 Medium Density Residential Zone precincts located below the flood planning area (1 in 100 year flood + 500mm freeboard) and within draft urban design study areas (eg Smithfield) have been excluded.
Public Exhibition Period: The planning proposal was exhibited 28 days from Wednesday 2 June to Wednesday 30 June 2021.
Post Exhibition Report to Council: Council's Outcomes Committee at its meeting held on 14 June 2022 resolved to endorse the above changes inclusive of the new land use zonings and associated development standards.
Finalisation: The planning proposal must be referred to the Department for finalisation by 25 November 2022. Amendment No.46 will come into effect once further endorsed and implemented by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the NSW Legislation website.
LEP Review - Stage 3 Planning Proposal
Later in 2022 planning work will commence on the Stage 3 Planning Proposal, anticipated to be reported to Council during the 2022/2023 Operational Year.