Planning for our future

Tuesday 4 June, 2024

Two key planning instruments, the Tamworth Regional Local Environmental Plan (TRLEP 2010) and the Tamworth Regional Development Control Plan (TRDCP 2010) are now on public exhibition as part of a major review.

Council is seeking community feedback about proposed changes which will reframe our region’s planning guidelines to ensure our community is liveable into to the future.

Tamworth Regional Council Director Liveable Communities, Gina Vereker, said the two plans work together to set the rules for development within the Tamworth Local Government area. “In basic terms, the Local Environmental Plan makes clear what landowners are permitted to do while the TRDCP 2010 sits underneath it and gives detailed guidelines on how those uses must be done,” she said.

Ms Vereker said Council undertakes reviews of these plans regularly to ensure that the region’s planning controls remain in-step with our community’s expectations for the way development takes place while supporting growth consistent with our Blueprint 100 strategy.

“We started community engagement as part of the TRLEP 2010 review two years ago with local landowners identifying a large number of potential amendments,” she said. “This led us to decide to complete the review in phases and now following a Gateway Determination from the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, we are able to put phase 1 on public exhibition.

“We are now including the public exhibition of the Development Control Plan 2010 review at the same time because it works hand-in-hand with the TRLEP 2010.”

Copies of each plan and other information is available for the community to read and give feedback at Submissions close on 5 July 2024.

The first phase of the TRLEP 2010 review includes proposed amendments relating to Heritage Conservation Areas; Housing – secondary dwellings in rural zones, temporary workforce accommodation at Tamworth Regional Airport and rebuilding following natural disasters; and Bridge Street, West Tamworth and Tamworth CBD – promoting infill medium density development, design excellence and commercial development (increased floor space ratios in the Bridge St precinct) and minimum building frontages in the CBD.

The TRDCP 2010 review proposes new controls and amendments in response to emerging and changing trends in the development industry including aspects around parking provisions; general building controls; the urban heat island effect, resource and waste management plan requirements; water reticulation requirements for Daruka and Tintinhull; flooding controls and small-scale renewables.

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