Local Environmental Plans and Maps


Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide land use and development by zoning land, identifying what land uses are allowed in each zone, and specifying development standards such as maximum height and minimum lot sizes. Local Environmental Plans are the main planning tool to shape the future of development in Fairfield City.

The Fairfield Local Environmental Plan 2013 (FLEP 2013) applies to all areas within Fairfield City. A copy of the Fairfield’s Local Environmental Plan and associated maps are available on the NSW Legislation website.

Copies of both Fairfield Environmental Plans and associated maps are available on the NSW Legislation website.

You will find more information about the Fairfield Local Environmental Plan (LEP) here

Reports, Studies and Strategies 

Local Strategic Planning Statement - Fairfield 2040 - Shaping a Diverse City

The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) provides the vision the City’s economic, social and environmental land use needs over the next 20 years. It reflects upon the 2016-2026 Fairfield City Plan that is the community's Strategic Plan and guides strategic reviews, studies and strategies..

In “Shaping A Diverse City,” the LSPS:

• 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 revitalisation and ongoing strategic management of city, town and local centres, employment and industrial lands and the location of residential densities in close proximity to services, facilities and public transport will continue to be part of the City’s vision.

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

The Fairfield LSPS 2040, after its adoption by Council on 30 March 2020, has been published on the NSW Planning Portal. You can find more information about it here(PDF, 12MB).

Report 11 June 2019 - LSPS Outcomes Committee

Urban Design Studies

As part of the Fairfield Local Environmental Plan review process, Council will be preparing a Local Strategic Planning Statement setting out the 20-year vision for land-use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.

Work on a number of Urban Design Studies is part of the planning process. The centres subject to urban design study work include:

• Fairfield City Centre (sites less than 2,500m2)
• Cabramatta Town Centre
• Smithfield Town Centre and surrounding area
• Canley Vale, Carramar and Yennora centres and surrounding area.

The studies, when complete, will guide future planning proposals and development applications that maximise the unique characteristics, opportunities, amenity and vibrancy that the centre can offer.

The Urban Design Studies will complement three centre based studies that were adopted by Council in March 2018 for:

• Fairfield City Centre (sites 2,500m2 or greater in area)
• Fairfield Heights Town Centre
• Villawood Town Centre

Work on the studies began in April 2019. Some targeted consultation has already occurred with landowners with large landholdings and community groups including a number of public schools, providing the design team with an understanding of local aspirations and experiences within the centres.

It is anticipated that the draft studies will be available for public comment late in 2020. All submissions received during the consultation period will be reviewed and reported to Council before a final decision is made.

Local Housing Strategy

The Western City District Plan prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission guides the growth and development of the Fairfield local government area.

The Plan requires Council to prepare a local housing strategy that address the following:

• the delivery of five-year housing supply targets for the local government area

• the delivery of 6-10 year (when agreed) housing supply targets

• capacity to contribute to the longer term 20-year strategic housing target for the Western City District

• a local housing strategy that includes:

  • creating capacity for more housing in the right locations
  • supporting planning and delivery of priority growth areas and precincts as relevant to each local government area
  • supporting investigation of opportunities for alignment with investment in regional and district infrastructure
  • supporting the role of centres.

The Local Housing Strategy will play an important role in planning for new housing opportunities in existing residential areas that creates more liveable neighbourhoods and meets demand by responding to:

• Housing need: The projected housing need and demographic characteristics of the existing and growing community, including different cultural, socio-economic and age groups and the availability of a range of housing types, tenures and price points required across the housing continuum.

• Diversity: including a mix of types, a mix of apartments, residential aged care, adaptable and student housing, group homes, student accommodation and boarding houses.

• Market Preferences: Market demand considerations that drive the take-up of housing, including local housing preferences reflecting where people want to live.

• Alignment of Infrastructure: Opportunities to optimise transport infrastructure enabling access to jobs, health, education and recreation facilities, that align with State and local government infrastructure priorities.

• Displacement: Managing potential impacts of growth on existing communities such as displacement by understanding the location and volume of affordable rental housing stock.

 Amenity: Opportunities for place-based planning that improve amenity including recreation, the public realm, increased walkable connections to centres and local jobs.

• Efficiency: Opportunities for innovations in waste, water and energy provision by determining the nature of growth, location and demand for utilities.

• Engagement: Engaging the community on a range of options and neighbourhood priorities that can be integrated with new housing and benefit existing and future communities.

As part of the engagement process, the landowners and the community will have a say. Consultations are expected during 2019.