Rural Land Use Strategy

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Snowy Monaro Regional Council has prepared the Rural Land Use Strategy to guide rural land use planning over the next 20 years. The Strategy will guide and inform the preparation of a consolidated Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the amalgamated local government areas of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River.


The Rural Land Use Strategy provides a framework to guide growth and development within the rural lands of the Snowy Monaro Region to ensure the Snowy Monaro’s economy and environment are protected. The Strategy responds to the diversity in rural landscapes and established rural industries within the LGA, including agriculture, forestry and tourism. The Strategy works to balance the interests of agriculture and tourism, ensuring that both can operate without significant impacts on the other as well as elevate the significant environmental values that exist within the region.

The Strategy acknowledges the established major industries but also the emerging industries of renewable energy.


Some key issues revolve around an appropriate minimum lot size, what is primary production farming land, lot averaging provisions and preserving the rural landscape.

The key recommendations of this Strategy include:


  • Land zoning to better reflect the landscape and appropriate minimum lot sizes
  • Protection of agricultural land
  • Protection of significant resources such as extractive industries and other major industries
  • Protection of land with high environmental values
  • Preserving the scenic quality of the landscape
  • Review and revise the permissible uses within rural, environmental zones and special purpose zones for a comprehensive LEP; and
  • Recommendations in relation to relevant clauses of the LEP that pertain to rural and environmental zones

Council seeks feedback from the community on this document as well as the Settlements Strategy which is also currently on public exhibition.

Please provide your feedback via the below form or by emailing us directly council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au with your comments.

Hard copies of the draft documents can be found at all Council offices and libraries:

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Offices

  • Cooma - 81 Commissioner Street, Cooma
  • Berridale – 2 Myack Street, Berridale
  • Bombala – 71 Caveat Street Bombala
  • Jindabyne – 2/1 Gippsland Street Jindabyne

Snowy Monaro Regional Libraries

  • Cooma – 61 Vale Street, Cooma
  • Bombala – 163 Maybe Street, Bombala
  • Mobile Library Service

The closing date for submissions is Monday 1 February 2021.

Definitions: A copy of Local Environmental Plan Definitions can be found via: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/epi-2006-155a#dict (PDF version on right of screen under 'Draft Rural Land Use Strategy and Appendices')

Mapping

Online mapping showing the current and proposed draft zones and minimum lot sizes can be accessed here:

https://ssa.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/connect/analyst/mobile/#/main?mapcfg=2020%20LEP%20Review%20Public (guide to using interactive mapping available on right side of screen).

PDF maps are available in the panel on the right of the screen.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council has prepared the Rural Land Use Strategy to guide rural land use planning over the next 20 years. The Strategy will guide and inform the preparation of a consolidated Local Environmental Plan (LEP) for the amalgamated local government areas of Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River.


The Rural Land Use Strategy provides a framework to guide growth and development within the rural lands of the Snowy Monaro Region to ensure the Snowy Monaro’s economy and environment are protected. The Strategy responds to the diversity in rural landscapes and established rural industries within the LGA, including agriculture, forestry and tourism. The Strategy works to balance the interests of agriculture and tourism, ensuring that both can operate without significant impacts on the other as well as elevate the significant environmental values that exist within the region.

The Strategy acknowledges the established major industries but also the emerging industries of renewable energy.


Some key issues revolve around an appropriate minimum lot size, what is primary production farming land, lot averaging provisions and preserving the rural landscape.

The key recommendations of this Strategy include:


  • Land zoning to better reflect the landscape and appropriate minimum lot sizes
  • Protection of agricultural land
  • Protection of significant resources such as extractive industries and other major industries
  • Protection of land with high environmental values
  • Preserving the scenic quality of the landscape
  • Review and revise the permissible uses within rural, environmental zones and special purpose zones for a comprehensive LEP; and
  • Recommendations in relation to relevant clauses of the LEP that pertain to rural and environmental zones

Council seeks feedback from the community on this document as well as the Settlements Strategy which is also currently on public exhibition.

Please provide your feedback via the below form or by emailing us directly council@snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au with your comments.

Hard copies of the draft documents can be found at all Council offices and libraries:

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Offices

  • Cooma - 81 Commissioner Street, Cooma
  • Berridale – 2 Myack Street, Berridale
  • Bombala – 71 Caveat Street Bombala
  • Jindabyne – 2/1 Gippsland Street Jindabyne

Snowy Monaro Regional Libraries

  • Cooma – 61 Vale Street, Cooma
  • Bombala – 163 Maybe Street, Bombala
  • Mobile Library Service

The closing date for submissions is Monday 1 February 2021.

Definitions: A copy of Local Environmental Plan Definitions can be found via: https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/epi-2006-155a#dict (PDF version on right of screen under 'Draft Rural Land Use Strategy and Appendices')

Mapping

Online mapping showing the current and proposed draft zones and minimum lot sizes can be accessed here:

https://ssa.snowymonaro.nsw.gov.au/connect/analyst/mobile/#/main?mapcfg=2020%20LEP%20Review%20Public (guide to using interactive mapping available on right side of screen).

PDF maps are available in the panel on the right of the screen.