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What is a planning & development control?

Land use and development within the Port Macquarie-Hastings area is managed through a hierarchy of state and local strategies, plans and policies.  Refer also to this overview from the NSW Dept of Planning and Environment: The planning system.

 State planning law provides the legislative framework for all state and local government development controls.

Development controls seek to address a wide range of environmental, social and economic issues, and can be prepared by the State Government or Council.  As a result, there is not one simple document that defines the development controls that apply to a specific parcel of land. The most relevant development controls are:

These development controls are described further below.  Generally greater weight is placed on the higher level controls.

Supplementary controls and guidelines that may be relevant are outlined on the following pages:

This page was last updated on: 13 June 2018