Draft planning changes are finally completed

AFTER YEARS of waiting, Cooma-Monaro Shire's new draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) will soon be open for public comment.

The LEP will go on public exhibition on October 3 for eight weeks.

Mayor Dean Lynch said it came after many years of hard work.

"After several years of work, a lot of frustrations, and some interesting discussions with ministers and senior planning officials, we can finally place our draft LEP on exhibition," Cr Lynch said.

"There were many issues the council took on board following consultations with our community, and the draft LEP has resolved some of these."

A big achievement for council was being able to retain its "lot averaging" provision for the subdivision of rural lands, with some changes to the way it has been applied in the past.

"We were at loggerheads with the state government for more than three years on that issue," Cr Lynch said. "The new government and the new planning minister were able to open some doors that had previously been closed."

As with all new Local Environmental Plans, the Standard Instrument Template has been used, with mapping-based controls for many development standards such as minimum lot size, height of buildings, floor space ratios and the like.

Workshops have been scheduled for Bredbo, Numeralla, Nimmitabel, Michelago, Smiths Road, Shannons Flat and Cooma (subject to confirmation of venues) over the next few weeks to provide members of the community with opportunities to obtain information regarding the content of the draft LEP.

Further information, including downloadable copies of all documents and the LEP maps, will be available on council's website www.cooma.nsw.gov.au , with hard copies available for viewing at Council's offices and the Cooma Library.

Documents will also be provided to community association representatives at the scheduled workshops.

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