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Planning for West Dapto

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West Dapto will grow and develop as a series of integrated communities within the spectacular natural landscape of riparian valleys and escarpment backdrop. When complete, the development will include approximately 19,000 new dwellings, over 50,000 people and create around 8,500 jobs.
 
New infrastructure will be required to support this growth and to address a wide range of issues including flooding, transport, social, cultural and recreation needs, and facilities and open space.
 
Two new town centres and a number of smaller village centres will be established in the suburbs of West Dapto. The Dapto Town Centre will grow to a sub-regional centre to serve the needs of existing and future residents.
 
This page provides information related to planning for West Dapto.

West Dapto Master Plan


The West Dapto Master Plan has been prepared to guide the development of the release area over the next 30 to 40 years. The Plan provides a history of the West Dapto project, on overview of background studies undertaken and how things might look in the future. The Plan was developed in consultation with the community and details town centres, special places, riparian corridors and street character.

The vision for West Dapto is also included in the Master Plan:
 
‘West Dapto will grow and develop as a series of integrated communities within the spectacular natural landscape of riparian valleys and escarpment backdrop.
 
These communities will be highly accessible and be linked with public transport as well as encouraging walking and cycling. Local places and centres will provide for shopping services and jobs and significant new areas will be developed for employment generation for new residents.
 
The natural and cultural heritage of the area will be integrated with new urban development and a long term strategy to oversee the timely implementation of infrastructure will deliver sustainable and high quality suburbs’.
 
The release area is divided into five stages. Stages 1 & 2 have been rezoned and include a mixture of industrial, commercial, residential and environmental protections areas.

Stages 3 & 4 which will be the subject of further review and are currently deferred.

Stage 5, also known as Yallah Marshall Mount, is subject to a separate Master Plan. The Yallah Marshall Mount structure plan has been endorsed but not rezoned. Costing for the structure plan is under review.
 

The Planning Process

Before development can take place in West Dapto it must first be zoned for development. Stages 3, 4 and 5, being Yallah Marshall Mount, are not yet zoned for development.
 
If land is not zoned for development a planning proposal is required. Planning Proposals in West Dapto will only be considered in consultation with Council's Land Use Planning team.
 
The next step after the rezoning is a Neighbourhood Plan, which is essentially a master plan. Neighbourhood Plans must be prepared in consultation with Council's Land Use Planning team.
 
After a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted by Council a property owner can then apply to subdivide and develop the land. Generally land is subdivided first and a separate development application is required for a house or retail premise.

Planning documents which support the West Dapto Urban Release Area include:
  • Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP)
  • Wollongong Development Control Plan (DCP)
  • West Dapto Infrastructure - Section 94 Plan

More information on each of these Plans is available below.

Wollongong LEP

​The Wollongong Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is a legal document that guides and controls development in the Wollongong Local Government Area. The LEP contains zonings and development standards such as heights, density, lot size and permissible uses. This allows council and other consent authorities to manage the ways in which land is used. The Wollongong LEP outlines what a landowner can or cannot do with their land and considers the protection of heritage and environmentally sensitive areas.

View a copy of the current Wollongong LEP (2009).

Wollongong DCP

​A Development Control Plan (DCP) provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning standards in the Local Environment Plan (LEP). The Wollongong DCP 2009 outlines planning controls specific to West Dapto in Chapter D16 including Neighbourhood Plans. Without a Neighbourhood Plan development applications cannot be lodged.
 

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is the step between the West Dapto Masterplan and a Development Application.
Neighbourhood Plans are, in essence, mini-master plans for a particular neighbourhood, precinct or catchment in the West Dapto Urban Release Area.
 
Neighbourhood Plans typically illustrate the structure of a future neighbourhood, showing how many residential lots are expected to be delivered, road layouts, areas of parklands and public open space, shops/businesses and community facilities as well as areas of environmentally sensitive land and potential methods for protection of such land.

West Dapto Infrastructure - Section 94 Plan

The West Dapto Section 94 Development Contributions Plan is the means for funding local infrastructure to support the growing population of West Dapto.

Council receives income from new development in West Dapto through a Section 94 Levy. The levy is paid by developers when they subdivide new lots. The levy is collected for housing on a 'per lot' basis and for industrial land a rate 'per hectare' is applied. The draft West Dapto Section 94 Plan provides a list of all the projects that will be funded through the plan. Some of the things include roads, bridges, parks playgrounds, community centres and bike tracks. 

The Section 94 Levy is currently capped by law at $30,000 per lot. A draft West Dapto Section 94 Plan was recently exhibited; the Plan identifies a funding gap because the cost of providing the infrastructure is higher than the predicted income from development based on the cap. This funding gap will continue to widen over time as construction and land costs escalate each year while income from development remains capped.

To address the funding gap, Council has asked the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Review Tribunal (IPART) to review the draft Plan. IPART published their recommendation on the draft West Dapto Section 94 Development Contributions Plan 2016 on 11 October 2016. The report includes 40 recommendations that will assist Council in progressing the planning for West Dapto Urban Release Area. This is the first step towards making an application for financial assistance from the State to fund shortfalls that resulted of the State imposed $30,000 per dwelling cap on development contributions. The draft Plan and IPARTs' recommendations will now be considered by the State, and Council will work towards implementing the changes and updating the draft Plan. For more information and to review the assessment report refer to IPART's webpage.

The West Dapto Team

​In recognition of the significance of the West Dapto Urban Release Area, Council established a team dedicated to progressing the project.
 
The team includes:
  • Project Manager
  • Strategic Planning Officer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Flood Engineer
  • Design Project Manager
The team can be contacted by calling customer service on (02) 4227 7111.

West Dapto Access Strategy

​For some time we’ve been working with the community and government agencies on a plan that will make getting to and from West Dapto easier for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
 
This isn’t an overnight makeover, but a complex, long term project. Already a great deal of work has been done on upgrading existing road links, and improving transport connections. The current road improvements are all part of a larger strategy focused on reducing congestion, increasing access during heavy rains and improving the links the area has to the wider road network. For more information visit the West Dapto Access Strategy page

Works by Private Developers

​A range of works is being undertaken by private developers in the Horsley, Kembla Grange and Wongawilli areas. Here are the relevant contact details if you'd like further information.

Alkira Estate - Shone Avenue
DA – 2010/1350/A
Developer: Grindley Properties - (02) 9988 3811
Project Manager: Menai Civil - (02) 9602 2222
Contractor: Menai Civil - (02) 9602 2222 

Brooks Reach North - Bong Bong Road
DA – 2013/207
Developer: Stocklands - (02) 9035 2000
Project Manager: Hyder Consulting - (02) 8907 9000
Contractor: Menai Civil - (02) 9602 2222

Ridge Park - 105 Darkes Road
DA 2014/185
Developer: Bluprint Developments Pty Ltd
Project Manager: Craig & Rhodes - (02) 9869 1855
Contractor: Menai Civil - (02) 9602 2222

Vista Park - Wongawilli
DA 2011/478
Developer: Sheargold - (02) 9939 7566
Project Manager: Cardno Wollongong - (02) 4228 4133
Contractor: Menai Civil - (02) 9602 2222

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