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Current Planning Controls, Policies & Strategies

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. The Plan covers the Local Government areas of Yass Valley, Hilltops, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn Mulwaree, Wingecarribee, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan - Palerang. 

Part of Council’s consideration of two Planning Proposals to re-zone land adjoining the north and south of Gundaroo village (now approved), was the requirement for the preparation of a Gundaroo Masterplan. Council also resolved to prepare a Sutton Masterplan to provide greater certainty and structure given the increasing development pressure on the village and surrounds. Both Masterplans were adopted in 2017.

Work to inform a Masterplan for Murrumbateman is planned to commence late 2018.

Council has obtained funding to undertake a Flood Study for Murrumbateman, Binalong, Bowning and Bookham under the 2017/18 Floodplain Management Program, which is administered under the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement provides a link between the Yass Valley LEP 2013 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036. It was adopted by Council in 2020.

The Yass Valley Settlement Strategy was adopted by Council in 2017 and provides a clear direction for long term growth and development within the Local Government Area. Its recommendations formed the basis of the Local Strategic Planning Statement.

Development Contribution Plans are developed by Council under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to help cover the costs of local infrastructure (open space, traffic management etc) needed to support new homes and businesses. Council also levies contributions in relation to Water and Sewer works and facilities under the Local Government Act 1993.

Council has adopted the Yass Valley Development Contributions Plan 2018 at its meeting of 27 March 2019 which will apply across the Yass Valley. The Yass Valley Council Heavy Haulage Contributions Plan 2006 is still active, with Council conducting further reviews of this plan.

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