Hills LEP: Go online to check land use

HILLS residents will soon be able to use an online interactive tool to see how The Hills Local Environment Plan 2012 affects their property.

The tool will be available in the next few weeks.

The plan outlines what can and can not be done on land in the area.

It came into effect on October 5.

The plan establishes what land can be used for, the height of future buildings and environmental restraints.

Council officers said the plan focused higher density around local centres, amenities and infrastructure to maintain the bulk of residential areas as single dwellings.

The plan allows for five-acre subdivision on some rural properties in Maraylya, Nelson and Box Hill.

Mayor Michelle Byrne said the plan supported the character of the shire.

"[The plan] reinforces the role of our town centres as places of high activity and greater opportunities for density where the intensity of development should be — in locations with enhanced amenity, close to transport and services," Cr Byrne said.

The draft plan was criticised when it was exhibited because some North Ward residents said the plan's biodiversity overlay inhibited free use of their property.

The plan and maps can be viewed on the council website.

Details: thehills.nsw.gov.au.

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