Planning strategies and policies covering Lismore LGA

Inspire Lismore 2040 (Local Strategic Planning Statement)

The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is a requirement for all Councils under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The LSPS will be the core strategic land use planning document for the Lismore LGA. It integrates a range of existing land use planning policies and related initiatives already underway, including the Growth Management Strategy, Economic Development Strategy, Biodiversity Management Strategy and Sport and Recreation Plan.

The LSPS expresses our land use vision, planning priorities and actions and, outlines Lismore’s place in the region and its economic, social and environmental features that are the basis for our vision. It also outlines the basis on which Council is to monitor and report on the implementation of the plan.

Inspire Lismore 2040 (Local Strategic Planning Statement)

Strategic Road Review

The Strategic Road Review is a 20-year plan that defines the road network required to support future population growth while maintaining the level of service Council currently provides. It was developed from a financial, social and environmental sustainability perspective. As such, it provides the nexus between future development and new road infrastructure that Council has to demonstrate if it is to collect road contributions from new development under Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Strategic Road Review

Lismore Growth Management Strategy 2015-2035

The Lismore Growth Management Strategy 2015-2035 (GMS) identifies land suitable for future housing, commercial and industrial development. It aims to ensure that development is planned and located in areas that have minimal constraints and can be serviced with necessary and appropriate infrastructure. This is the first time Council has integrated city and rural growth issues into one document, replacing the separate Lismore Urban Strategy 2003, Village Development Strategy 1997 and Rural Housing Strategy 2002. The GMS will be reviewed in 2020.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment approved the Lismore Growth Management Strategy 2015-2035 on 11 August 2015 subject to some relatively minor amendments, which have now been made. The Department has also advised that it is ‘undertaking a review of its State and regionally significant farmland policy, and until this review is completed, new planning proposals seeking to rezone this land within proposed release areas should be deferred’. You can confirm if your planning proposal may be affected by this review of farmland policy by contacting our Strategic Planning Coordinator on (02) 6625 0500.

Lismore Growth Management Strategy 2015-2035

Approval Lismore Growth Management Strategy 2015-2035 Department Planning & Environment


Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan

The Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan aims to minimise the community’s exposure to flood hazard in Lismore’s developed areas and ensure that new development is compatible with the flood hazard and does not create additional flooding problems. Controls that apply to new development in the flood-prone urban areas of Lismore are in Chapter 8 of the Lismore Development Control Plan.

Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan

Lismore Floodplain Risk Management Plan Appendices

Lismore Flood Model: LiDAR Update

In 2013, Council received LiDAR information collected by the NSW Department of Land and Property Information (LPI). Given the increased detail in this dataset, and its consistency across the floodplain, Council commissioned WorleyParsons (now Advisian) to update the previous model using the LiDAR dataset. This report describes the results of the updated detailed model including:

  • Increase model network detail to capture the finer terrain detail in the LiDAR dataset.
  • Updated model network ground elevations.
  • The impact of the lowering of the riverbank near Bunnings on flood behaviour.
  • A model network reflecting constructed development/floodplain changes since the previous model was developed.
  • Updated floodplain categorisation polygons using the detailed model.
  • Updated model to reflect currently approved development, as if it was constructed.

Final Report – Lismore Flood Model LiDAR Update WorleyParsons


Richmond River Flood Mapping

The Richmond River Flood Mapping Study was jointly funded by (then) Richmond River County Council, Richmond Valley Council and the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) in 2008 as the first stage of the floodplain risk management process endorsed by the New South Wales government's Flood Prone Land Policy. The study is the first of three studies aimed at understanding and managing flooding within the Richmond Valley between Casino, Lismore and Broadwater.

The Richmond River is one of NSW's largest coastal rivers. The Richmond River Flood Mapping Study (RRFMS) covered the following areas that extend beyond the Lismore LGA:

  • Richmond River between Casino and Broadwater (not including Casino).
  • Bungawalbin Creek from approximately 3km downstream of Neileys Lagoon Road to the Richmond  River.
  • Wilsons River from Lismore to Coraki (not including Lismore).
  • Lower reaches of other major tributaries of the Richmond River, such as Shannon Brook (Deep Creek) and Sandy Creek.

The Richmond River Flood Mapping Study resulted in:

1. A calibrated hydrologic model covering the entire Richmond River catchment; 2. A calibrated 1D/2D hydraulic model of the floodplain between Casino, Lismore and Broadwater; 3. Flood mapping of historical and design flood events, in particular flood levels and hazards.

Richmond River Flood Mapping Study Volume 1

Richmond River Flood Mapping Study Volume 2

Onsite Sewage and Wastewater Management Strategy

Council has developed a strategy to guide the design, installation and maintenance of onsite sewage and wastewater systems.

On-site Sewage and Wastewater Management Strategy

Contaminated Land Policy

This policy is the Northern Rivers regional councils’ policy for the management of contaminated land. It is designed to ensure contaminated land is considered in the earliest possible stage of any development. It is also designed to ensure no adverse effects to the environment or public health due to land use and details acceptable remediation techniques for contaminated land.

Contaminated Land Report Summary Table
All contaminated land reports submitted to council must contain a completed Contamination Report Summary Table at the front of each report. Reports will not be reviewed unless the summary table is attached. This summary table has been developed to ensure that essential and mandatory information (required by ASC NEPM and the NSW EPA Consultants reporting on contaminated land: Contaminated land guidelines) is included in contamination reports.

The consultant simply records the relevant page numbers on the summary table. This method is similar to the approach taken by many EPA accredited auditors and will readily confirm if this critical information has been considered and documented.

Regional Policy for the Management of Contaminated Land

Contamination Report Summary Table

Nimbin Parking Strategy (2018)

The Nimbin Parking Strategy examines the supply, demand and utilisation of existing parking arrangements in the main Nimbin business area, as well as expected future growth. The strategy outlines a range of short-term measures to be undertaken by Council (within two years) including some changes to timed parking areas on Cullen and Sibley Streets, and better utilisation of the Western Carpark. The strategy also identifies potential sites for long-term (10 years) future expansion of off-street parking if demand continues to outstrip supply.

Nimbin Parking Strategy