Planning Controls (LEP, DCP and SWPGA)

LEP - Local Environment Plan

A Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the principal legal document for controlling development in a Local Government Area (LGA). Councils prepare LEPs to establish different zones that allow certain types of uses and standards that regulate what kind of development can happen.

Development in the Camden Local Government Area (LGA) is controlled by Camden Local Environmental Plan 2010 (Camden LEP 2010)or the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 (SEPP) if the land is located within the South West  Growth Area (SWGA).

DCP- Development Control Plan

A Development Control Plan (DCP) is a detailed guideline that shows what controls apply to a particular type of development or in a particular area.


Camden Development Control Plan 2019

On 13 August 2019, Council resolved to adopt Camden DCP 2019 following consideration of submissions received during public exhibition. Camden DCP 2019 is the result of a comprehensive review of Camden DCP 2011. The aims of the review were to:

  • update controls in line with State Government changes in policy and legislation;
  • improve the user-friendliness of the DCP;
  • use a familiar structure (based on Growth Centres DCP);
  • improve quality of images and figures;
  • remove duplication and redundant controls / information; 
  • retain existing controls that have been effective; including setbacks, site coverage and landscaped area; and
  • continue to achieve quality development outcomes

Camden DCP 2019 came into force on 16 September 2019 and effectively rescinds Camden DCP 2011.

Useful Links

Council Report and Resolution 13 August 2019 – Camden Development Control Plan 2019

Council Report and Resolution 11 December 2018 – Camden Development Control Plan 2019

Fact Sheet on Camden DCP 2019

Residential Development Assessment Tables

What financial support is available from the Government?

Federal Government support for small and medium sized businesses

The Australian Government is providing cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses. Visit this website to find out about:

  • JobKeeper payment
  • Boosting cash flow for employers
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off
  • Backing business investment
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees

Federal government support available for sole traders

The Australian Government is supporting sole traders with instant asset write-offs, increased and accelerated income support, and more. If you are a sole trader and do not employ any staff, visit this website to find out about:

  • JobKeeper Payment for sole traders
  • Increased instant asset write-of
  • Backing business investment
  • Increased and accelerated income support
  • Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries
  • SME Guarantee Scheme
  • Early access to superannuation

Immediate cashflow and credit support for SMEs

The Australian Government will guarantee loans to SMEs and cut red tape by providing a temporary exemption from responsible lending obligations for lenders. This will provide businesses with accelerated funding to meet cash flow needs. Visit this website to find out about:

  • Government guarantee of loans
  • Temporary exemptions from responsible lending obligations

Support from the Australian Taxation Office

Visit this website to find out how the ATO is supporting businesses. Information includes:

  • Assistance measures available
  • We will work with you
  • Temporary shopfronts
  • Frequently asked questions for employers, payments and reporting, interest and penalties, cancelled supplies and events

Commercial and residential tenancies

National Cabinet agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to sit down together to find a way through to ensure that businesses can survive and be there on the other side. As part of this, National Cabinet agreed to a common set of principles, endorsed by Treasurers, to underpin and govern intervention to aid commercial tenancies as follows:

  • a short term, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent to be applied across commercial tenancies impacted by severe rental distress due to coronavirus;
  • tenants and landlords are encouraged to agree on rent relief or temporary amendments to the lease;
  • the reduction or waiver of rental payment for a defined period for impacted tenants;
  • the ability for tenants to terminate leases and/or seek mediation or conciliation on the grounds of financial distress;
  • commercial property owners should ensure that any benefits received in respect of their properties should also benefit their tenants in proportion to the economic impact caused by coronavirus;
  • landlords and tenants not significantly affected by coronavirus are expected to honour their lease and rental agreements; and
  • cost-sharing or deferral of losses between landlords and tenants, with Commonwealth, state and territory governments, local government and financial institutions to consider mechanisms to provide assistance.

NSW Government Economic Stimulus Package 1

On 17 March 2020, the NSW Government announced a package to support businesses by lowering costs through tax cuts and fee reductions. These include:

  • Waiver of payroll tax for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million for the remainder of the 2019/20 financial year
  • Bringing forward the next round of payroll tax cuts by raising the threshold limit to $1 million in 2020/2121 financial year
  • Waiving a range of fees and charges for small businesses, including bars, cafés restaurants and tradies

NSW Government Health and Economic Stimulus Package 2

On 27 March 2020, the NSW Government announced further measures to support jobs and businesses in the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • The creation of a Working for NSW fund to sustain bsuiness, create new jobs and retrain employees
  • Deferral of payroll tax for business with payrolls over $10 million for six months. Businesses with payrolls of $10 million or less receive a three-month waiver on payroll tax in the NSW Government's first package. These businesses will now get an additional three-month deferral as well. Check the website for the eligibility criteria
  • Deferral of gaming machine tax for clubs, pubs and hotels for six months
  • Deferral of duty on lotteries and keno for six months
  • Deferral of the parking space levy for six months
  • Deferral of rents for six months for commercial and not-for-profit tenants with less than 20 employees in all Government properties

NSW Government flexible long service leave changes

On 25 March 2020, the NSW Parliament passed changes to long service leave, which will create greater flexibility for employers and employees to access leave during the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation will have effect for six months, with the possibility of an extension to one year. Key amendments are:

  • waiving the one-month notice period for taking leave (by mutual agreement between employee and employer)
  • greater flexibility for employees to take this leave in shorter blocks if they wish (rather than traditional monthly blocks)

Black Summer Innovation Program

The Black Summer Innovation Program is a fund designed to help small and medium business who have been affected by events of national natural catastrophe or global outbreaks in 2019 or 2020. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to Australian food and agribusinesses that are affected by drought, flood, fire, African Swine Flu and coronavirus epidemic. Funding is designed to support these businesses to innovate to create commercial products, processes or services.


SWGA - South West Growth Area

The SWGA  was established by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006 (SEPP).

Land within the SWGA will be released by the State Government to provide land for housing and to create new communities with access to jobs, parks, schools and services.

Land at Oran Park, Turner Road (Gledswood Hills and Gregory Hills), parts of Catherine Fields and Leppington have already been released by the State Government and are zoned under the SEPP.

The Camden Growth Areas Development Control Plan applies to all of the rezoned land in the SWPGA (except Oran Park and Turner Road) and includes site-specific appendices which apply to the Leppington, Leppington North, East Leppington and Catherine Fields (Part 1) precincts.

The Oran Park and Turner Road (Gledswood Hills and Gregory Hills) precincts are subject to their own specific DCPs.

Further information is available via the Department of Planning and Environment's website South West Growth Area .

Residential Development Assessment Tables for the South West Growth Area are available here.



Oran Park DCP - Part B5 Oran Park Employment Area

On 9 April 2019, Council resolved to adopt Amendment No.11 to the Oran Park Development Control Plan (DCP) – Part B5 Oran Park Employment Area.

The Part B5 DCP provides site-specific controls for the Oran Park Employment Area identified under State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Region Growth Centres) 2006.

The Part B5 DCP – Oran Park Employment Area was publicly notified on Wednesday 22 January 2020 and comes into force on Monday 27 January 2020.

Useful Links

Part B5 DCP – Oran Park Employment Area

Council Report and Minutes 9 April 2019

South Creek West Release Area

On 24 November 2017, the South Creek West Release Area was released for rezoning to urban development. The area is approximately 1500 hectares in size and will potentially provide for 30,000 new homes. Further information is available via the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.