Rural and Industrial Land Use Strategy

The Councils of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange City have jointly prepared the Subregional Rural and Industrial Land Use Strategy that applies to the rural and major industrial areas of the three local government areas.

The Rural & Industrial Strategy is broken down into three key documents including:

  • Volume 1 - Local Profile (February 2008): Existing local conditions and key trends;
  • Volume 2 - Issues Paper (February 2008): Emerging issues resulting from the Local Profile & consultation; and
  • Volume 3 - Final Strategy (July 2008): Strategies for future planning to address issues & opportunities.

The Rural & Industrial Strategy looks at key issues and strategies for growth management, agriculture, industry,  rural subdivision, natural and scenic environment, and heritage and culture.  Key recommendations relate to:

  • Rural Residential: Future investigation areas to allow for growth of rural residential uses that are not attached to villages/towns;
  • Industry: Future investigation areas to allow for growth of core industrial uses (other than light industry in existing villages/towns); and
  • Rural Subdivision: Recommended minimum lot size for subdivision of rural lands for agriculture and an ancillary dwelling (Note: These recommendations have not been adopted by Council).

Please note that other areas / land uses may be addressed in the Cabonne Settlement Strategy that provides land use recommendations for the village zone and rural small holdings associated with the eight (8) key settlements across Cabonne.

Community consultation on the Rural & Industrial Strategy occurred in 2005/2006.  The draft documents were placed on public exhibition in June / July 2008 for comment.  The recommendations were adopted by Cabonne Council (excluding the rural minimum lot size recommendations) in March 2010.  The Department of Planning & Infrastructure endorsed the strategy on 30 June 2011. 

The Rural & Industrial Strategy is a key document that has informed the preparation of the Cabonne Local Environmental Plan 2012 ('LEP').  At the Ordinary Council Meetings in October 2011 and March 2012 the rural minimum lot size of 100 hectares (the existing control) was adopted in the LEP.