The focus and tasks of the Planning Directorate's Strategic Planning section, are different from those of the Development Services section.
The work of the Strategic Planning staff focuses on determining the range and distribution of land uses required within the local government area, to provide for the changing needs and aspirations of the local community. This work leads to the preparation and subsequent continuous review of a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and an accompanying Development Control Plan (DCP).
Every LEP is a standardised legal document whose contents, with some permissible local variations, are managed by the state government. Development Control Plans are entirely local in their coverage and ownership. DCPs are non-statutory.
Their purpose is to provide the supportive detail to the LEP and set out Council's preferred forms of development for the range of development types identified in the LEP.