LEPs and DCPs

A local environmental plan (LEP) is a legislative document that includes standards and matters for consideration for different types of residential, commercial, industrial and rural development. The LEP identifies where different types of development are permitted through its Land Use Tables and zoning maps. LEPs are also used to reserve land for open space or other public purposes, protecting heritage values and areas of environmental significance, and developing and conserving natural resources.

A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides guidance to developers for different types of development, including subdivisions and buildings, and related matters such as parking, landscaping and signage.

For Armidale residents

The document and maps for Armidale Dumaresq LEP 2012 are available at: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/589

The Armidale Dumaresq DCP 2012 is available here

For Guyra residents

The document and maps for Guyra LEP 2012 are available at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/EPI/2012/591

The Guyra DCP 2015 is available here (PDF 2.6MB)


Note: In addition to the provisions in the LEPs and DCPs, various State Environmental Planning Policies also contain development standards and matters for consideration, such as exempt and complying development, rural lands, BASIX, koala habitat protection, signage and other planning related issues.

Community Participation Plan

Armidale Regional Council recognises community participation throughout the planning system is not only your right, it also delivers better planning results for the people of the Armidale Region.

Ultimately, Council has a responsibility, along with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, to deliver the objectives of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP & A Act) including the promotion of orderly and economic use of land, facilitating ecologically sustainable development and promoting social and economic wellbeing.

Community participation is an overarching term covering how Council will engage with the community in our work under the EP & A Act, including legislative reform, plan making and decisions on proposed development. The level and extent of community participation will vary depending on the community, the scope of the proposal under consideration and the potential impact of the decision.

The community includes anyone who is affected by the planning system and includes individuals, community groups, Aboriginal communities, peak bodies representing a range of interests, businesses, local government and State and Commonwealth government agencies.

Community Participation Plan (PDF 670.1KB)