Design and Development

Homes being built

The department includes:

Strategic Planning

  • Long term planning strategies for City

  • Metro strategies that affect our City - Western Sydney Airport

  • Precinct planning of North West Growth Centre

  • Plans for Urban Renewal Precincts

  • Suconded to the Greater Sydney Commission -preparation of West Central District Plan

  • Prepares Local Eenvironmental Plans, Development Control Plans and masterplans.

Development Assessment

  • Assesses major Development Applications - commercial /industrial development, subdivisions, high rise shop top housing, multi-unit housing and residential apartment developments

  • Issues Section 149 planning certificates - required for sale of land

  • Pre-lodgement meetings with applicants and developers about their proposals. 

Building Assesment  

  • Assesses Development Applications for small developments -  dwellings, dual occupancies, outbuildings

  • Assesses Engineering Plans for the construction of drainage and roadworks by developers

  • Issues Construction Certificates and Complying Development Certificates for buildings

  • Swimming pool inspection program.

 Development Policy

  • Development complaint investigations

  • Prosecutions of illegal structures and land uses

  • Defends Council decisions in Land and Environment Court

  • Heritage buildings - register

  • New policies for development

  • Site-specific Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans.

Department Head

Glennys James

Glennys James

Glennys James joined Blacktown City over 40 years ago as a student town planner. She has been at the forefront of Blacktown’s growth from a municipality of 180,000 people to a vast city of 360,000. She has worked as a team member, senior manager and director and was the first woman to become a member of Blacktown City’s executive in 1990.