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RU5 Village Zone

RU5 Village Zone is a mix of residential, business and other allied uses that are permitted to support the viability of the rural village.  Villages in Hilltops have an important role to provide housing opportunity for people moving to a rural setting with a strong sense of community.

Hilltops is home to 15 rural villages; Bendick Murrell, Bribbaree, Frogmore, Galong, Jugiong, Kingsvale, Koorawatha, Maimuru, Milvale, Monteagle, Murringo, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park and Wombat.

Hilltops 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) Objectives for Villages

Hilltops 2040 LSPS seeks to support the long term sustainability of rural villages as alternate lifestyle options in a rural setting.

This includes sustaining a strong and dynamic relationship with surrounding rural production lands, and recognising their importance to local communities as a focal point for social activities. Hilltops 2040 also prioritises support to small scale economic activity where it adds to the village and rural lifestyle,  as well as, assist in the provision of local services and employment.

This will be achieved by sustaining and building the rural amenity of these communities, and support the capacity for residents to re-establish local and small scale economic and community activities which will promote growth.

This includes the development of local scale tourism and recreation activities subject to protecting environmental and agricultural values and standards, including the provision of effective on-site effluent treatment.

Zone Objectives

The Draft Hilltops LEP proposes zone objectives for RU5 Villages zone to align with the priorities outlined in the Hilltops 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement.

The objectives address Standard Instrument provisions and requirements outlined in the NSW  planning system for RU5 Village Zone.

The following objectives are proposed for RU5 Rural Villages zone within the consolidated Draft Hilltops LEP:

  • To provide for a range of land uses, services and facilities that are associated with a rural village.
  • To ensure that development is sustainable and does not unreasonably increase the demand for public services or public facilities.
  • To encourage and provide opportunities for population growth in rural villages.
  • To ensure that development maintains and contributes to the character of rural villages.
  • To ensure that development does not create unreasonable or uneconomic demands for the provision or extension of services to rural villages.
  • To ensure that development is sustainable and is compatible with their residential and service functions.

Land Uses in RU5 Villages

This zone is currently used in Young LEP 2010, Harden LEP 2011 and Boorowa LEP 2012. It is intended to continue its use in the new, consolidated Draft Hilltops LEP.

There are some land uses that are proposed to be removed from Hilltops’s pre-amalgamation LEPs and will no longer be permitted in the new, consolidated Draft Hilltops LEP.

For more information please see Attachment C – Planning Proposal – Hilltops LEP Zone Objectives and Tables.

You can also view this zone’s ‘land use matrix’ – which lists permitted and prohibited land uses – below, or download it here Zone RU5 Village

Where are they located?

RU5 Village zone is applied to core areas of existing 15 rural villages at  Bendick Murrell, Bribbaree, Frogmore, Galong, Jugiong, Kingsvale, Koorawatha, Maimuru, Milvale, Monteagle, Murringo, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park and Wombat within the Hilltops Local Government Area.

Maps are available in an interactive format on Online Mapping Viewer.

What is changing?

The Draft Hilltops LEP proposes land uses that are consistent with the objectives of RU5 Villages. Some land uses permitted in the former Young, Harden or Boorowa LEPs  have been removed for consistency in the Draft Hilltops LEP as either one of the former LEPs do not permit them. Click on this link for further information:  lep.hilltops.nsw.gov.au

There are no Minimum Lot Sizes for RU5 Village Zone in Young and Harden LEPs. The Draft Hilltops LEP proposes RU5 Village Zone Minimum Lot Size of 2000 m2 for Hilltops Local Government Area.

Minimum Lot Sizes

The minimum lot size control in villages aims to provide appropriate scale of residential development in a village setting whilst not causing potential land use conflict with surrounding agricultural uses.

Connection to essential services is key to determining a minimum lot size for villages. Majority of Villages rely on rainwater for potable supply and bore water for non-potable use if they don’t have access to a reticulated water supply. Many villages are located within environmental layers such as riparian corridors or be included in Ground Water Vulnerable areas which makes it difficult for onsite effluent management for dwellings.

Generally, the criteria that guide the Minimum Lot Size in villages for the erection of a dwelling are:

  • connectivity to reticulated water and/or sewer services
  • the ability of the site to accommodate on site effluent disposal
  • addressing environmental controls such as Ground Water Vulnerability

At present, there are no minimum lot sizes for RU5 village zone in Young and Harden LEPs. Villages in Boorowa LEP has MLS of 2000 m2.  In line with historic subdivision pattern, Minimum Lot Size for RU5 Village Zone is proposed to be 2000 m2 within the Hilltops Local Government Area.