THE NSW Government has approved a new local environmental plan (LEP) for Young Shire, which supports up to 1,500 new dwellings and additional employment lands.
Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said the LEP implements significant strategic work and studies undertaken by the Shire, including the Young Shire Strategic Land Use Study Towards 2030.
Mr Kelly said the new planning controls will potentially support an extra 2,600 residents and provide 1,500 new dwellings by 2030.
The plan aims to:
- Protect the natural resources – including agriculture and horticulture – of Young Shire from development;
- Protect and conserve areas of significance;
- Protect, conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Shire;
- Encourage the renewal and upgrade of older residential precincts in Young Township; and
- Encourage a range of housing, employment, recreation and services to meet the needs of existing and future residents of Young Shire.
"The Shire's agricultural lands are arguably its biggest and most valued economic asset which the LEP reflects through appropriate zoning, in particular specialised controls to protect local cherry growing," said Mick Veitch, Country Labor MLC for Burrinjuck.
Changes made to the draft LEP include reducing minimum lot sizes for some areas from a proposed 24 hectares to the existing four hectares, to maintain current lot size provisions and allow further investigation.