Fairfield Local Environmental Plan Review

Fairfield Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013 is being reviewed to align with priorities outlined in the Greater Sydney Commission's Western City District Plan (i.e. 10 Directions) within a two year timeframe (to mid-2020) following State Government funding.

Council has prepared a 20-year vision for Fairfield City’s future planning and development – it’s in our Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).

The Local Strategic Planning Statement provides the direction for land use planning and decisions as we continue Shaping A Diverse City.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement:

  • sets the foundation for what makes Fairfield City great
  • identifies what the community needs into the future
  • directs how planning will deliver a City the community needs

The Local Strategic Planning Statement contains planning priorities and actions to deliver a diverse City, offering choice in housing, access to jobs, open space and parklands and thriving centres.

As part of the review process various studies will be undertaken, with an opportunity for comment and input. Keep an eye out for public notices to have your say in the City's future. 

Phases involved in the review project:

Phase 1 - LEP Review Health Check

Local Environmental Plan Review Health Check

A review of Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013, relevant local plans and strategies to assess their alignment with the Western City District Plan. Council's Local Environmental Plan Review Health Check was considered by Council on 25 September 2018 and has been approved by the GSC. 

Phase 2 - Draft Local Strategic Planning Statements (LSPS)

Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)

The draft Fairfield Local Strategic Planning Statement was on public exhibition from 26 June 2019  - 23 August 2019. Click here to view the exhibited draft Local Strategic Planning Statement(PDF, 10MB).

Phase 3 - Final LSPS

Phase 4 - Planning Proposal and Gateway Approval

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.

Phase 5 - Exhibit Draft LEP

Exhibit Draft Local Environmental Plan 

Community consultation for planning proposal and draft Local Environmental Plan.

LEP Review - Stage 1 Planning Proposal

Exhibited 8 May 2020 to 8 June 2020.

Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 Amendment No.37 (LEP Review – Stage 1) came into effect on 27 November 2020.

LEP Review - Stage 2 Planning Proposal

Exhibition anticipated during second half of 2021 subject to Gateway Determination by the NSW State Government. 

LEP Review - Stage 3 Planning Proposal

Exhibition anticipated late in 2021 subject to Council resolution and Gateway Determination by the NSW State Government. 

Phase 6 - Plan Making

Plan Making

As part of the staged delivery of Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 amendments, following public exhibition and Council resolution to proceed with amendment, submit final planning proposal to Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for finalisation (approximately 6 weeks to publication on Legislation website once received by DPIE).

Refer to Phase 4 for more detail on each Stage of LEP amendment.

 

 

 

 

  • Mapping associated with the Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 can be viewed here
  • You can also search for planning controls and mapping that applies to your property via the NSW Planning Portal