Ru­ral Lands Re­view

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Front Page -

Hornsby Coun­cil has ad­vised that they are un­der­tak­ing an ac­cel­er­ated Lo­cal En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan (LEP) re­view. Part of this re­view will in­clude Hornsby Coun­cil’s Ru­ral Lands.

Any re­view must take into ac­count the points made in the Syd­ney Greater Com­mis­sion’s North Dis­trict Plan. Specif­i­cally this would in­clude Sus­tain­abil­ity - Plan­ning Pri­or­ity N18 - Bet­ter Manag­ing Ru­ral Ar­eas.

Sev­eral lo­cal res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tions will be work­ing with the com­mu­nity, Coun­cil and Coun­cil­lors to en­sure all views are heard.

These may in­clude the Glenorie Progress As­so­ci­a­tion (GPA), the Ar­ca­dia Gal­ston Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (AGRA), Gal­ston Area Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (GARA) and Hornsby Ru­ral Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (HRRA). Each of these as­so­ci­a­tions will in­ter­pret this ru­ral lands re­view with a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

Parts of N18 state:

• A sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ru­ral Area (MRA) is un­der-utilised and has the po­ten­tial to be used for pro­duc­tive ru­ral uses

• In­creased de­mand for bio­di­ver­sity off­set sites and lim­it­ing ur­ban de­vel­op­ment in the MRA will help make it more at­trac­tive for landown­ers to pro­tect bio­di­ver­sity on pri­vate land through stew­ard­ship agree­ments

• Main­tain­ing and en­hanc­ing the dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter of each ru­ral and bush­land town and vil­lage is a high pri­or­ity. On­go­ing plan­ning and man­age­ment of ru­ral towns and vil­lages will need to re­spond to lo­cal de­mand for growth, the char­ac­ter of the town or vil­lage and the sur­round­ing land­scape and ru­ral ac­tiv­i­ties.

• Lim­ited growth of ru­ral res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment could be con­sid­ered where there are no ad­verse im­pacts on the amenity of the lo­cal area and the de­vel­op­ment pro­vides in­cen­tives to main­tain and en­hance the en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic val­ues of the MRA

• De­sign-led place-based plan­ning will help man­age en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic val­ues, max­imise the pro­duc­tive use of ru­ral ar­eas, and in­cen­tivise bio­di­ver­sity pro­tec­tion for rem­nant veg­e­ta­tion.

A Coun­cil mi­cro web­site be set up to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion by the com­mu­nity in the Ac­cel­er­ated LEP Re­view Pro­gram, pro­vid­ing a site where on­line “Have your Say” con­sul­ta­tions can be hosted and back­ground doc­u­ments, con­sul­ta­tion events and re­view sched­ules can be shared via one lo­ca­tion.

More in­for­ma­tion on the North Dis­trict Plan and the Ac­cel­er­ated LEP are avail­able on the Hornsby Shire Coun­cil web­site.

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