Events & Visitor Economy Planning Proposal

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Wollondilly Shire Council is committed to developing tourism and establishing Wollondilly as a visitor destination while also supporting local businesses and communities in their recovery from the impacts of drought, Black Summer Fires, recent flood events and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Council is proposing to make it easier to celebrate in Wollondilly, particularly for destination weddings, overnight stays, events and markets. This planning proposal will achieve this by updating the land use planning controls so that a more diverse range of development can happen, particularly on rural land, while managing the potential impacts.

Planning Proposal Objectives

The planning proposal aims to amend the Wollondilly Local Environmental Plan 2011 to:

  1. Give effect to the Western City District Plan
  2. Attract investment and grow local jobs
  3. Enhance opportunities for people to connect with one another
  4. Minor amendments to update where new development terms are permissible

Proposed changes


Intended OutcomeHow
1Increase opportunities for eventsSimplifying the planning process for events by establishing a clear approval pathway.
Enabling small scale and low impact events without the need for planning or building approval.

2Enable destination weddings, functions and business conferencing in rural locations.Function centres will be allowed to operate with planning approval on rural zoned land and some environmental protection areas.
However, the size of the function centre will need to be appropriate for a rural area.

3Ensure that the Wollondilly Local Environmental Plan 2011 benefits from the most up-to-date model provisions and development termsBroaden where the following land uses can happen in Wollondilly with consent:
  • Timber yard
  • Artisan Food and Drink Industry
  • High technology industry
  • Bee keeping
  • Eco-tourist facility
  • Markets
Ensuring that eco-tourist facilities are sympathetic to and maintain environmental and cultural values.

4Enabling more diverse tourist accommodationCreating the opportunity to introduce a destination holiday park in Wollondilly's accommodation mix.

5Minimising or avoiding the impact of bush fire hazardLimiting events, markets and functions during periods of elevated bush fire risk.


Have Your Say; Making a submission

The proposed changes are detailed in the Events & Visitor Economy Planning Proposal document available under 'Exhibition Documents' that was on exhibition from 8 June 2021 until 8 July 2021.

Council welcomed your feedback during the public exhibition. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of all stakeholders, which will inform our decision making.


Delegation

The Minister for Planning Public Spaces has not issued delegation to Council to make this plan.

Wollondilly Shire Council is committed to developing tourism and establishing Wollondilly as a visitor destination while also supporting local businesses and communities in their recovery from the impacts of drought, Black Summer Fires, recent flood events and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Council is proposing to make it easier to celebrate in Wollondilly, particularly for destination weddings, overnight stays, events and markets. This planning proposal will achieve this by updating the land use planning controls so that a more diverse range of development can happen, particularly on rural land, while managing the potential impacts.

Planning Proposal Objectives

The planning proposal aims to amend the Wollondilly Local Environmental Plan 2011 to:

  1. Give effect to the Western City District Plan
  2. Attract investment and grow local jobs
  3. Enhance opportunities for people to connect with one another
  4. Minor amendments to update where new development terms are permissible

Proposed changes


Intended OutcomeHow
1Increase opportunities for eventsSimplifying the planning process for events by establishing a clear approval pathway.
Enabling small scale and low impact events without the need for planning or building approval.

2Enable destination weddings, functions and business conferencing in rural locations.Function centres will be allowed to operate with planning approval on rural zoned land and some environmental protection areas.
However, the size of the function centre will need to be appropriate for a rural area.

3Ensure that the Wollondilly Local Environmental Plan 2011 benefits from the most up-to-date model provisions and development termsBroaden where the following land uses can happen in Wollondilly with consent:
  • Timber yard
  • Artisan Food and Drink Industry
  • High technology industry
  • Bee keeping
  • Eco-tourist facility
  • Markets
Ensuring that eco-tourist facilities are sympathetic to and maintain environmental and cultural values.

4Enabling more diverse tourist accommodationCreating the opportunity to introduce a destination holiday park in Wollondilly's accommodation mix.

5Minimising or avoiding the impact of bush fire hazardLimiting events, markets and functions during periods of elevated bush fire risk.


Have Your Say; Making a submission

The proposed changes are detailed in the Events & Visitor Economy Planning Proposal document available under 'Exhibition Documents' that was on exhibition from 8 June 2021 until 8 July 2021.

Council welcomed your feedback during the public exhibition. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of all stakeholders, which will inform our decision making.


Delegation

The Minister for Planning Public Spaces has not issued delegation to Council to make this plan.