Assurance of local strategic planning

Working with councils to deliver quality outcomes for communities

The Commission’s five District Plans are currently being implemented by Greater Sydney’s 33 councils. The timeframes for completion of this work are ambitious with 18 accelerated councils set to update Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) by mid-2020 and the remaining councils by mid-2021.

See the local planning assurance tracker

At present, the focus of councils is the development of a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which sets out the 20-year vision for a local government area, demonstrates how change will be managed and identifies local priorities for updating council LEPs. A guide to preparing the LSPS is on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

The Commission has developed a new assurance program to create a truly integrated planning system in Greater Sydney that ensures the work of councils is aligned with the District Plans. The assurance program is driven by a collaborative approach to support councils in the preparation of draft LSPSs and has included an ‘Assurance Expo’ which brought together councils with relevant State government agencies to discuss LSPS inputs together with the coordination of land use and infrastructure. This was followed up with ‘Health Checks’ where each council’s planning team discussed their LSPS progress and place-specific matters with the Commission and relevant State government agencies.

The table below shows what’s been achieved so far and outlines the next steps, including where stakeholders and the community can have their say on local strategic plans.

Table - Key milestones in the assurance of local planning

Assurance process status


Councils’ LEP Reviews


Assurance Expo - Commission-hosted event for State agencies and councils to discuss LSPS issues


Health checks – Commission hosted meetings with all councils and relevant State government agencies on Draft LSPS preparation


Council’s Draft LSPS on public exhibition.


Councils review submissions and finalise LSPS for submission to the Commission.


Commission undertakes assurance of final LSPS

November 2019 – March 2020

Rolling program commences from each council’s submission to the Commission

In progress

LSPS comes into effect

By 31 March 2020


LEP Updates – accelerated councils

LEP Updates – remaining councils

By June 2020

By June 2021