Development standards are contained in State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) or Local Environmental Plans.
The Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013 and Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan (Parkwood) 2020 set out development standards for each zone in the Yass Valley Local Government Area.
Council is allowed some flexibility when applying planning controls to certain developments pursuant to Clause 4.6 of Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013 and Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan (Parkwood) 2020. Council is required to maintain a register of occurrences in which development applications have been determined that resulted in a variation to a development standard and is also required to submit a quarterly report to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. It is important to note that these developments whilst they may not meet certain development standards still achieve strict planning objectives set by the local environmental plans.
Variations are only considered in particular circumstances where strict compliance would be unreasonable or unnecessary and there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify contravening the development standard. The development must be within the public interest and remain consistent with the objectives of the particular standard and the zone.
Where an application proposes a variation to a standard, the application must be supported by a written and detailed document meeting the requirements of Clause 4.6 of the relevant local environmental plan.
Monitoring of variations to development standards is important in that it enables the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Council to determine whether development standards are appropriate, or whether changes are required to the development standards.
For more information about variations to development standards, download the NSW Varying Development Standards Guidelines or contact Council on Council@yass.nsw.gov.au
The register of variations to development standards is available for public view below:
Variations Data report - 2020(PDF, 84KB)
Variations Data report - First quarter 2021(PDF, 202KB)
Variations Data report - Second quarter 2021(PDF, 195KB)
Variations Data report - Third quarter 2021(PDF, 374KB)
Variations Data report - Fourth quarter 2021(PDF, 113KB)
Variations Data report - First quarter 2022(PDF, 52KB)