Strategic land use plan and local environmental plan

Council's strategic land use plans (SLUPs) guide how we develop and use land within the Murray River Council for the next 20 to 30 years and beyond.

Our local environmental plans (LEPs) determine how property or land can be used and/or developed. This is done by zoning land for particular uses and through other development controls.

The development control plans helps us to implement the SLUPs and administer the LEPs.

Together these plans

  • encourage sustainable economic growth and development 
  • help retain productive rural land in agriculture
  • identify, protect, conserve and enhance our natural assets
  • identify and protect our built and cultural heritage assets for future generations
  • help us provide equitable provision of social services and facilities for the community
  • focuses growth in townships
  • provide for future tourist and visitor accommodation that doesn’t compromise the natural resources and heritage values of the surrounding area.

We have integrated SLUPs and the LEPs from the former Wakool and Murray shires to manage all land within the boundary area of Murray River Council.

Greater Wakool Ward

Greater Murray and Moama wards

Next steps to improve our service

Murray River Council resolved that property planning applications need to align with the region’s strategic land use and local environment management plans in a council’s ordinary meeting, held 20 September 2016.

Administrator David Shaw said that while under administration council would continue to act on and implement the plans and strategies that had been consulted on and endorsed by the former Murray and Wakool shires.

As part of the merger we are investigating how we can provide community services smarter. We will be reviewing all of Murray River Council’s planning policies to ensure our new council is best prepared to consult on a whole-of-Murray River SLUP after the September 2017 local elections.

Local environmental plans set out local environmental planning provisions for land under Part 3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.


Notice of commencement of building work or subdivision work and appointment of a principal certifying authority (PCA)