Current Strategic Land Use Plans

Regional Plan

The Southeast and Tablelands Regional Plan is the NSW Department of Planning & Environment’s 20-year vision for the region to build sustainable communities by balancing opportunities for new homes and jobs with the protection of the region’s natural environment.


In July 2015 Council considered two Planning Proposals to re-zone land adjoining the northern and southern of the Gundaroo village. Council supported the re-zonings together with the requirement for the preparation of a Masterplan. Council also resolved to prepare a Masterplan for Sutton to provide greater certainty and structure given the increasing development pressure on the village and surrounds. 
Elton Consulting were appointed and facilitated two community workshops several months apart in each village. The draft Masterplans were placed on exhibition from 16 January to 13 March 2017. 



Consolidated Submissions received during the Exhibition Period

Please note that some submissions provided combined comments on the Masterplans, Settlement Strategy and/or Gundaroo Planning Proposals.
Sutton Masterplan Submissions
Gundaroo Masterplan Submissions

Draft Settlement Strategy

Yass Valley Council engaged consultants to prepare a draft Yass Valley Settlement Strategy to stimulate discussion within the community about where growth should go. 
Key recommendations of the draft include:
  • Yass – to grow into a Regional Centre with a population of 20,000 
  • Murrumbateman – to grow into a large district town with a  population of 10,000
  • Investigate water supply from ACT to supply Yass and Murrumbateman to support the projected growth
  • Assumes that the proposed ‘Parkwood’ development will proceed
  • Potential long term development front at Jeir for a population of 10,000 (but only following development of Yass, Murrumbateman and Parkwood) 
  • Minimal growth for Binalong, Bookham, Bowning, Gundaroo, Sutton & Wee Jasper
  • Land adjacent to the NSW-ACT border could be be rezoned to RU6 Transition Zone for a width of 5km. This would prevent residential development spill over into NSW and protect environmental values associated with Mulligans Flat and Goorooyaroo Nature Reserves. It will also protect the rural character of the Gateway into the Nation’s Capital.
The draft strategy was on Public Exhibition up until 13 March 2017. The strategy will be revised following community feedback and a further round of consultation held if necessary.

Consolidated Submissions received during the Exhibition Period

Due to the number and size of the submissions they have been broken up into 14 sections. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this, however one single document was simply too large to load to the website. The public submissions documents below are followed by a summary of the community survey conducted.


Previous Strategies

The Yass Valley LEP 2013 incorporated the recommendations of the following studies: