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Development Control Plans (DCPs)

A Development Control Plan (or DCP) is the key supporting document to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This plan provides detailed guidance for the design considerations, general standards and area based provisions related to development.

Council is incrementally moving towards an updated and reformatted Development Control Plan, though at present there are 2 DCPs that may be relevant.

The primary DCP is Port Macquarie-Hastings Development Control Plan 2013, which covers general issues and will be progressively updated to incorporate area-based provisions currently within the other DCP.

At present there are area-based DCP provisions within:

  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Development Control Plan 2013 Part 4, and
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Development Control Plan 2011 Part 5.

The current DCP provisions are listed below, together with links to download the DCP in associated files.

Development Control Plan 2013

The DCP contains Parts and, within them, Chapters, each clearly numbered.

 Chapter   Title  Last update
 Part 1  DCP Overview  
 1.1  Preamble 15/01/2016
 1.2   Planning Framework (Guiding legislation and related strategies)  08/11/2013 
 1.3   Community Participation (Requirements relating to community consultation)   08/11/2013 
 Part 2   General Provisions
 Relates to common aspects of development 
 2.1  Preamble   08/11/2013 
 2.2  Advertising and Signage  08/11/2013 
 2.3  Environmental Management   08/11/2013
 2.4  Hazards Management  08/11/2013
 2.5  Transport, Traffic Management, Access and Car Parking   08/11/2013
 2.6  Tree Management   08/11/2013
 2.7  Social Impact Assessment and Crime Prevention   08/11/2013
 Part 3  Development Specific
 Provisions Relates to specific types of development 
 3.1  Preamble  08/11/2013
 3.2  Low Density Residential Development  08/11/2013
 3.3  Residential Flat Development, Tourist and Visitor Accommodation, Mixed Use Development
 Refer also to the Apartment Design Guide, NSW Dept of Planning & Environment 2015
 3.4  Business and Commercial Development  11/07/2014
 Industrial Development  08/11/2013
 3.6   Subdivision  08/11/2013
 Part 4  Greater Port Macquarie Area
 Contains location-specific provisions for the land identified at the start of Chapter 4.1 (and at the start of each Chapter for the land  covered by that Chapter)
 4.1  Preamble / 15/01/2016
 4.2  Port Macquarie Greater Town Centre  02/04/2015
 4.3  Port Macquarie East
 4.4  Port Macquarie West
Contains provisions for one property only at this stage
 4.5  Thrumster  15/08/2014
 4.6  Highway Employment Lands  10/07/2015

Documents to download:

 DCP 2013 Parts 1-3, as of 15/01/20162MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)

 DCP 2013 Part 4, as of 15/01/201610MB pdf(PDF, 10MB)


Where area-based provisions apply


Development Control Plan 2011

Part 5 Area Based Provisions

1. Port Macquarie Town Centre

3. Flynn’s Beach Precinct

5. King Creek

7. Hastings River Drive

8. Wauchope Mixed Use Precinct

9. North Haven Shopping Precinct

11. Sancrox Employment Lands

12. Area 15 Camden Haven

13. West Haven

14. Rainbow Beach

15. Settlement City Precinct 

16. Fernbank Park Employment Land

Document to Download: 

This is a June 2016 revision, which corrects some errors in numbering of Figures:  Development Control Plan 2011- updated June2016.pdf9MB pdf(PDF, 9MB)

Variations to DCP provisions

DCPs are intended to have a degree of flexibility and may be varied in some instances.  Broadly it is expected that development proposals will comply with the relevant Objectives, and generally this can be achieved by satisfying the associated Development Provisions. However, Council may accept alternative ways of complying with the Objectives - ensure adequate information is submitted to demonstrate this.  For more information on variations to the standards speak with Council’s Duty Planner.

This page was last updated on: 16 August 2016