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Local Strategic Planning Statement

This statement outlines our land use vision and planning priorities to guide growth and shape our city into the future.

Our LSPS helps guide the growth of Albury over the next 20 years. Its focus is top-level land use directions with more detailed information or site specific strategies included in relevant sub-strategies or plans.

Our LSPS outlines our:

  • planning context
  • land use vision
  • planning priorities
  • actions

Our LSPS is as a unifying document, drawing together key land use directions from existing local and regional strategies.  It is also based on the aspirations, knowledge and values expressed by our residents who helped to create our City’s Vision and Community Values as part of our Community Strategic Plan (Albury2030), as well as other recent consultation activities to further understand our community’s priorities.

As a City we are well-placed to accommodate growth with an extensive supply of suitably zoned land and suite of existing planning strategies guiding development of key growth precincts (e.g. Thurgoona Wirlinga Precinct Structure Plan). As such, our LSPS does not propose any significant changes in our current land use strategy and directions. The planning priorities and actions of our LSPS outline the timing for review of existing strategies and identify some additional plans to address any ‘gaps’ and further strengthen our planning framework.

Our LSPS was prepared by Council to meet the requirements of section 3.9 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It was publicly exhibited during June-July 2020 and endorsed by Council on 14 September 2020.

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  • Why do we need a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act) introduced a new requirement for local councils to prepare an LSPS. These are to include:

    • the basis for strategic planning, having regard to economic, social and environmental matters
    • the planning priorities for the area
    • the actions required to achieve those planning priorities
    • the basis for which we will monitor and report on the implementation of the actions

    What planning priorities are identified in our LSPS?

    Our LSPS identifies the following Planning Priorities which are grouped under the relevant Albury2030 themes and numbered for reference only (note they are not ranked in order of priority).

    THEME 1 - A Growing Sustainable Economy:

    • Priority 1: Infrastructure supporting new development;
    • Priority 2: Diverse, well-designed and affordable housing;
    • Priority 3: A growing sustainable economy;
    • Priority 4: Leveraging our strategic location through transport and logistics;
    • Priority 5: Integrated transport network including active transport;
    • Priority 6: Vibrant CBDs and strong local centres; and
    • Priority 7: Coordinated and well-planned growth precinct (Thurgoona Wirlinga).

    THEME 2 - An Enhanced Natural Environment:

    • Priority 8: Respond to our unique landscape setting;
    • Priority 9: An enhanced natural environment; and
    • Priority 10: Adapting to the impacts of urban and natural hazards and climate change.

    THEME 3 - A Caring Community:

    • Priority 11: Protect, conserve and celebrate our natural, built and Aboriginal cultural heritage; and
    • Priority 12: Great places for our community to enjoy.

    View our LSPS for further information on the planning priorities.

    How was the LSPS developed?

    Our LSPS is a unifying document drawing together the key land use directions of both Local and State Government plans and policies.
    In particular, our LSPS is based on the aspirations, knowledge and values expressed by our residents who helped to create our City’s Vision and Community Values as part of our Community Strategic Plan (Albury2030), as well as other recent consultation activities to further understand our community’s priorities.

    Our LSPS also reinforces the Riverina Murray Regional Plan and our Two Cities One Community Plan to help ensure we contribute to our broader regional communities, environments and economies.

    The table on page 23 of our LSPS demonstrates the alignment of our LSPS planning priorities with the relevant directions, goals, themes and actions of these key plans.

    Will the LSPS change land use zones and other controls?

    No, the LSPS does not directly result in a change to land use zones or planning controls.

    Our LSPS brings together top-level land use directions of existing strategies. It also outlines actions and timelines to review existing strategies and identifies further plans to be prepared in order to support and update planning controls.

    For example, our LSPS outlines timelines to review our Land Use Strategy and Local Environmental Plan (LEP). These projects will include more detailed investigations to determine if any changes are required to our land use zones and planning controls. You will be given the opportunity to provide your input and have your say as these projects are undertaken.

    Also note, the maps within the LSPS are indicative and broad-scale illustrations only (not zoning maps).

    How will the LSPS be implemented?

    Our LSPS includes an Action Plan to coordinate future strategic land use planning and related activities over the short (0-3 years), medium (3-5 years) and long term (5-10 years). This includes review of existing planning documents and preparation of additional strategies to address any 'gaps' and strengthen our planning framework.

    Will the LSPS be reviewed again in future?

    Our LSPS will be reviewed at least every 7 years but may be reviewed more frequently as circumstances require.

    How can I find out more information?

    Our planning staff are available via phone or by appointment to assist with any inquiries. Contact us on 02 6023 8111 or