Local Planning Statement


A Local Planning Statement is a new strategic planning document that all Councils in NSW are required by the State Government to prepare. It is our long term land use plan and presents a community shaped vision and local planning priorities for the use of land in the Blue Mountains over the next 20 years.



A Local Planning Statement is a new strategic planning document that all Councils in NSW are required by the State Government to prepare. It is our long term land use plan and presents a community shaped vision and local planning priorities for the use of land in the Blue Mountains over the next 20 years.


  • Information Sessions

    11 days ago
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    Council will be holding the following information sessions:
    • Katoomba Library 4-6pm on Tuesday 22 October, 2019
    • Springwood Library 4-6pm on Thursday 24 October, 2019
    If you'd like to register your interest for one of these sessions please email localplanningstatement@bmcc.nsw.gov.au with your name, contact number, and any particular areas of interest you'd like to discuss. You can also call Council's City Planning Team on 4780 5000.

    If you can't make one of these sessions, Council will also be hosting a Conversation Hour on its Facebook page from 6-7pm Wednesday 30 October 2019. The City Planning Team will be online during this time to answer any questions and provide further information.

    Council will be holding the following information sessions:
    • Katoomba Library 4-6pm on Tuesday 22 October, 2019
    • Springwood Library 4-6pm on Thursday 24 October, 2019
    If you'd like to register your interest for one of these sessions please email localplanningstatement@bmcc.nsw.gov.au with your name, contact number, and any particular areas of interest you'd like to discuss. You can also call Council's City Planning Team on 4780 5000.

    If you can't make one of these sessions, Council will also be hosting a Conversation Hour on its Facebook page from 6-7pm Wednesday 30 October 2019. The City Planning Team will be online during this time to answer any questions and provide further information.
  • Public Exhibition of the Local Planning Statement

    19 days ago
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    The draft Local Planning Statement for the Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains 2040 Living Sustainably, was endorsed for public exhibition at the 24 September 2019 Council meeting.

    Exhibition will conclude Friday 15 November 2019.

    The following documents are available for downloading in the ‘Document Library’ section or by clicking on the links below:

    The draft Local Planning Statement for the Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains 2040 Living Sustainably, was endorsed for public exhibition at the 24 September 2019 Council meeting.

    Exhibition will conclude Friday 15 November 2019.

    The following documents are available for downloading in the ‘Document Library’ section or by clicking on the links below:

  • What is in the draft Local Planning Statement?

    19 days ago
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    Blue Mountains 2040 Living Sustainably starts with a Vision for land use in the Blue Mountains in 2040. This provides the long term goals and aspirations for our sustainable future, in a City within a World Heritage National Park.

    There are nine Local Planning Priorities, which have been developed with the community. These are organised within three key themes: Sustainability, Liveability and Productivity. These priorities are supported by a range of actions over the short, medium and long term, to make sure we deliver on our priorities.

    The Local Planning Statement also includes a structure plan. This plan is the spatial representation of key services and facilities provided by Council throughout our City. It also identifies areas for investigation, and shows where particular actions within the Local Planning Statement are proposed.

    Please note, the Local Planning Statement does not change the zoning of land, or what is permitted on that land. It is a strategic document that will guide planning for land use in the City over the next 20 years.

    Blue Mountains 2040 Living Sustainably starts with a Vision for land use in the Blue Mountains in 2040. This provides the long term goals and aspirations for our sustainable future, in a City within a World Heritage National Park.

    There are nine Local Planning Priorities, which have been developed with the community. These are organised within three key themes: Sustainability, Liveability and Productivity. These priorities are supported by a range of actions over the short, medium and long term, to make sure we deliver on our priorities.

    The Local Planning Statement also includes a structure plan. This plan is the spatial representation of key services and facilities provided by Council throughout our City. It also identifies areas for investigation, and shows where particular actions within the Local Planning Statement are proposed.

    Please note, the Local Planning Statement does not change the zoning of land, or what is permitted on that land. It is a strategic document that will guide planning for land use in the City over the next 20 years.

  • How can I make a submission?

    19 days ago
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    You can make a submission in a number of ways:

    • Use the online submission form here
    • Make a comment against the Local Planning Priorities here or through the ideas tool
    • Email a submission to localplanningstatement@bmcc.nsw.gov.au
    • Post a completed submission form and posting it to Chief Executive Officer, Blue Mountains City Council, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba, NSW 2780
    • Hand deliver to either of Council’s Administrative Offices at Katoomba or Springwood

    You can make a submission in a number of ways:

    • Use the online submission form here
    • Make a comment against the Local Planning Priorities here or through the ideas tool
    • Email a submission to localplanningstatement@bmcc.nsw.gov.au
    • Post a completed submission form and posting it to Chief Executive Officer, Blue Mountains City Council, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba, NSW 2780
    • Hand deliver to either of Council’s Administrative Offices at Katoomba or Springwood

  • Can I get an extension for a submission?

    19 days ago
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    Council has to meet strict deadlines set by legislation and there is limited opportunity for an extension to the submission period. The nominated exhibition period of six weeks (30 September – 15 November) is beyond the minimum timeframe of 28 days, required under the legislation.

    Council has to meet strict deadlines set by legislation and there is limited opportunity for an extension to the submission period. The nominated exhibition period of six weeks (30 September – 15 November) is beyond the minimum timeframe of 28 days, required under the legislation.

  • Local Planning Statement Update

    3 months ago

    Council is currently preparing a draft Local Planning Statement, building on community engagement held so far, and incorporating endorsed Council priorities in the areas of transport, environment and tourism, amongst others.

    An extension from the Minister of Planning to the timeline for exhibition for all Local Planning Statements in Greater Metropolitan Sydney was recently granted. It is currently proposed the draft Local Planning Statement for the Blue Mountains, and accompanying studies and strategies, will be taken to an upcoming Council meeting for exhibition before 1 October 2019.


    Council is currently preparing a draft Local Planning Statement, building on community engagement held so far, and incorporating endorsed Council priorities in the areas of transport, environment and tourism, amongst others.

    An extension from the Minister of Planning to the timeline for exhibition for all Local Planning Statements in Greater Metropolitan Sydney was recently granted. It is currently proposed the draft Local Planning Statement for the Blue Mountains, and accompanying studies and strategies, will be taken to an upcoming Council meeting for exhibition before 1 October 2019.


  • Community Consultation Update

    3 months ago

    Community consultation workshops were held in three locations across the Blue Mountains (Katoomba, Lawson and Springwood) in late March. These were open to the public and built on the feedback from the Stage 1 consultation work from the Social Pinpoint survey held October to November 2018. These interactive workshops, facilitated by engagement specialists, led registered participants through a range of vision exercise about the future of the Blue Mountains and will inform the development of the Local Planning Statements.

    Council wishes to thank all participants for their engagement in what was at times a thought provoking workshop....

    Community consultation workshops were held in three locations across the Blue Mountains (Katoomba, Lawson and Springwood) in late March. These were open to the public and built on the feedback from the Stage 1 consultation work from the Social Pinpoint survey held October to November 2018. These interactive workshops, facilitated by engagement specialists, led registered participants through a range of vision exercise about the future of the Blue Mountains and will inform the development of the Local Planning Statements.

    Council wishes to thank all participants for their engagement in what was at times a thought provoking workshop. A report from the facilitator is being prepared and will be made available during public exhibition of the Local Planning Statement.


  • Housing Survey - Now Closed

    5 months ago

    Please note this suvery is now closed.

    Blue Mountains City Council invites you to take part in a housing survey to help to shape housing priorities for the Blue Mountains LGA.

    Council has engaged People Place and Partnership to carry out a housing survey associated with the preparation of the Local Planning Statement. While this work is related to earlier consultation carried out on housing need, different questions are being asked as it is for a different project.

    The survey is a valuable opportunity for Council to gain feedback about the housing needs and concerns of the Blue Mountains residents. As an essential part of the community, we need your help to plan for the future of housing in the LGA. This is a statistically valid survey, and so it is very important for the Blue Mountains City Council to collect information from different ages and across different locations in the Blue Mountains LGA.

    Follow the link below to complete the survey before Friday 31 May, 2019.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bmccwebsitehousingsurvey


    Please note this suvery is now closed.

    Blue Mountains City Council invites you to take part in a housing survey to help to shape housing priorities for the Blue Mountains LGA.

    Council has engaged People Place and Partnership to carry out a housing survey associated with the preparation of the Local Planning Statement. While this work is related to earlier consultation carried out on housing need, different questions are being asked as it is for a different project.

    The survey is a valuable opportunity for Council to gain feedback about the housing needs and concerns of the Blue Mountains residents. As an essential part of the community, we need your help to plan for the future of housing in the LGA. This is a statistically valid survey, and so it is very important for the Blue Mountains City Council to collect information from different ages and across different locations in the Blue Mountains LGA.

    Follow the link below to complete the survey before Friday 31 May, 2019.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bmccwebsitehousingsurvey


  • Why we’re preparing it

    about 1 year ago

    The Local Planning Statement, also called a Local Strategic Planning Statement is a new document that all Councils in NSW are now required by the State Government to prepare.

    The Local Planning Statement, also called a Local Strategic Planning Statement is a new document that all Councils in NSW are now required by the State Government to prepare.

  • The purpose and benefits

    about 1 year ago

    The Local Planning Statement is the opportunity to document community priorities and aspirations and
    suggest actions to address the challenges facing the Blue Mountains over the next 20 years. It will be used to guide future land use planning decisions for the local area.

    By setting clear directions and priorities for the future, the Local Planning Statement will also be a tool to seek support from the State Government for projects and funding for the City.

    Whilst new, this Statement is an opporutnity to continue to support and acknowledge key areas of focus for the Blue Mountains, including the protection of the environmental and cultural signifi cance of the local area.

    It also provides the opportunity to set priorities for how we use land for housing, employment, and tourism.
    Importantly, this is in the context of the Blue Mountains as a City in a World Heritage area and long standing planning principles that have limited urban expansion, and maintained the unique characteristics of the individual towns and villages in the Mountains.

    The Local Planning Statement is the opportunity to document community priorities and aspirations and
    suggest actions to address the challenges facing the Blue Mountains over the next 20 years. It will be used to guide future land use planning decisions for the local area.

    By setting clear directions and priorities for the future, the Local Planning Statement will also be a tool to seek support from the State Government for projects and funding for the City.

    Whilst new, this Statement is an opporutnity to continue to support and acknowledge key areas of focus for the Blue Mountains, including the protection of the environmental and cultural signifi cance of the local area.

    It also provides the opportunity to set priorities for how we use land for housing, employment, and tourism.
    Importantly, this is in the context of the Blue Mountains as a City in a World Heritage area and long standing planning principles that have limited urban expansion, and maintained the unique characteristics of the individual towns and villages in the Mountains.