The Richmond Valley Development Control Plan 2015 (DCP) commenced on 4 January 2016 and complements the Richmond Valley Local Environmental Plan 2012 with development standard and assessment criteria.
** A revised DCP was adopted by Richmond Valley Council at its June 2021 ordinary meeting. This DCP will be formally commence on 1 August. A links to the updated DCP is available a the bottom of this page.
The LEP and the DCP work together to deliver the priorities contained within Council’s Richmond Valley Made 2030 Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan outlines the community’s aspirations and long-term vision for Richmond Valley Council.
In particular, the plan aims to protect and sustain our beautiful natural environment, including the streets and public places we live and play in. To this end, the DCP contains detailed development controls which aim to facilitate quality development, protect neighbourhood amenity and maintain environmental quality. In particular, the DCP sets requirements for site amalgamation, setbacks, building envelopes, landscape treatments, privacy and parking.
The DCP contains detailed objectives and controls that will be used by Council when determining development applications under Section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Any proposed variation must result in a better outcome and meet the objectives of this DCP.
The DCP is divided into parts relating to grouped topics.
- Parts A to G are based upon grouped development types.
- Parts H, I and J are based upon a variety of subject based chapters.
The DCP’s structure aims to have each development type chapter (Chapters A to G) written is such a way it can be read in isolation from other chapters and inform the reader of the full requirements and standards applicable to that development type.
The DCP has the following structure:
- Introduction – name of Plan, adoption details, amendments etc
- Part A Residential Development
- Residential Density Maps
- A1 Dwelling Houses
- A2 Dual Occupancies and Secondary Dwellings
- A3 Residential Flat Developments
- A4 Shop Top Housing
- A5 Seniors Housing, Affordable Housing
- Part B Commercial Development
- Part C Industrial Development
- Part D Rural Land Uses
- D1 Roadside Stalls
- D2 Kiosks
- D3 Intensive Livestock Agriculture
- Part E Visitor Accommodation, Caravan Parks and Manufactured Home Estates
- E1 Eco-tourist facilities
- E2 Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
- E3 Serviced Apartments
- E4 Hotel and Motel Accommodation
- E5 Backpackers Accommodation
- E6 Farm Stay Accommodation
- E7 Manufactured Home Estates, Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds
- Part F Signage
- Part G Subdivision
- Part H Natural Resources and Hazards
- H1 Flood Planning
- H2 Bush Fire Prone Land
- H3 Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS)
- H4 Natural Resources (NRS)
- Part I Other Considerations
- I1 Environmental Heritage
- I2 Development in, on, over or under a Public Road
- I3 Setbacks and Building Height
- I4 Car Parking Provisions
- I5 Landscaping Guidelines
- I6 Animal Boarding and Training Establishments
- I6 Noise Impact Assessment (NIA)
- I8 Social Impact Assessment (SIA)
- I9 Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
- I10 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
- I11 Land Use Risk Conflict Risk Assessment (LUCRA)
- I12 Context and Site Analysis
- I13 Use of Shipping Containers
- I14 Sex Service Premises, Restricted Premises and Home Occupation (Sex Services)
- I15 Lane Widening and Access to Narrow Streets
- I16 Additional State Considerations
- I17 Historic New Italy Village Area
- Part J Notifications and Advertising of Developments
- Omitted by Amendment 1 – see Community Participation Plan for development notification and advertising requirements