We understand subdivision in rural areas is a key area of interest for the rural community. This has been the case for all previous studies and reviews undertaken in Council for rural lands, with arguments strongly put by those for and against a review of permissible lot sizes. Since Council announced it would be undertaking a new Rural Lands Study, we have received numerous community submissions.
This Study will provide the evidence base to inform appropriate planning responses to manage land into the future. This Study process involves place-based planning to consider the values, opportunities and constraints of each landscape area and to include recommendations for each.
Council is committed to the process of undertaking a new Rural Lands Study. Council will wait to see the recommendations of the draft Study and consider community feedback during exhibition of the Study in 2020, before making any decisions.
Any proposed changes will need to be considered with respect to infrastructure constraints, such as road and sewer capacity, environmental constraints including bushfire risk and bushland protection, as well as the North District Plan which includes actions to limit urban development in rural areas.
If, following the Study, Council does decide to proceed with lot size changes, amendments to our planning instrument (the Hornsby Local Environmental Plan) would be required. This would involve a Planning Proposal to be prepared and submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for approval.