Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study

Public Exhibition

Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study

6 June to 18 July 2019 (Submissions Due 18 July 2019)

Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 22 May 2019 considered a report on the Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study and endorsed it for public exhibition on the basis that it is an information document and noting differing viewpoints of Council on minimum lot sizes for subdivision and location of additional residential lands.

Why we are asking for feedback

Council is seeking feedback from the community to further inform rural and residential land use planning across the Hilltops Council area.  The study provides the information, analysis and a direction to have an informed discussion on rural and residential land uses in the Hilltops LGA with key stakeholders, industries, the community and land owners. 

The Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study is one of a series of studies being undertaken to inform the review of land use planning strategies and requirements in Hilltops.  This review includes the preparation of a 20 year land use planning vision for Hilltops called a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and the supporting Local Environmental Plan (LEP). Council will be seeking community input in to both these documents over 2019 and 2020. The outline of the process and further opportunities to participate are shown, for your reference, in the attached diagram.

A bit about the Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study

The Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study looks at the capacity of existing lands and where growth is likely and could occur. Its focus is on rural, residential and rural residential lands and land uses within the Hilltops Council Area.
The Study examines and analyses the land that is currently zoned for rural and residential purposes and the corresponding land use planning controls for the Hilltops region. The analysis provides opportunities for consistency, conservation and options for growth. The Study will help Council in planning for residential growth now and into the future whilst accommodating rural land uses. The different needs for rural, rural residential and residential land uses are identified in the Study together with the need for managing potential conflicts between these uses.  The Study considers impacts and opportunities for subdividing land and the minimum lot sizes for dwellings, the density of dwellings in the urban and rural areas, environmental matters and the community needs and values.

Where to get a copy of the Strategy

The Study is available to view and download on the link below:

Hard copies to view are also available at Hilltops Council Offices and Libraries in Boorowa, Harden and Young.

Where to send your Feedback

Submissions are to be received in writing to Locked Bag 5 YOUNG NSW  2594 or via email to with ‘Hilltops Rural and Residential Lands Study’ in the subject line. Submissions must be received by 18 July 2019.
When making a submission you should be aware that details of the submission can be made publically available as allowed by the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

Further information

Further updates will be on the Strategic Land Use Planning page of Council's website.,-Planning-and-Transport/Strategic-Planning.aspx
Please contact Council’s Strategic Planners, Lorena Blacklock and Bryce Weedon, on 1300 HILLTOPS (1300 445 586) or via email if you have any questions or require further information.