Amendment No.40 to the Penrith Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010 was published on 22 July 2022, enabling the Urban Heat chapter in Penrith Development Control Plan (DCP) to take effect. These amendments to the LEP and DCP ensure the mitigation of the urban heat island effect is a major consideration for development.

Urban Heat Planning Controls Package

As our city grows and becomes more urbanised, Penrith City Council is committed to reducing and removing heat from our urban environment to provide our community with a liveable, active and healthy lifestyle throughout summer.

Penrith Local Environmental Plan 2010 - Amendment (Planning Proposal)

The Planning Proposal sought to ensure the mitigation of the urban heat island effect is a major consideration for development. The new provision applies to development in all residential, business, industrial, special purpose and recreation zones as well as the RU5 Village and C4 Environmental Living zones. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment authorised Council to exercise delegation to make this plan.

Penrith Development Control Plan 2014 - Amendment

This amendment introduces a new Urban Heat chapter into the DCP 2014 and provides new cooling measures below:

  • Cooling with landscaping
  • Cool colours and materials
  • Cooling through building design
  • Optimising mechanical heating and cooling.

The proposed amendments supplement the LEP 2010 with more detailed planning and design guidelines.

This public exhibition was undertaken in accordance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 (‘The Act’) and the Penrith Community Participation Plan (CPP).

Have your say

Council invited the public to comment on the proposed changes when the Planning Proposal and DCP amendment were publicly exhibited from Monday 7 February 2022 to Monday 7 March 2022.

The public exhibition has finished and the deadline for written submissions has passed.

Council endorsed the Planning Proposal and Urban Heat DCP chapter at the Policy Review Committee Meeting of 9 May 2022.

Further information is provided in the Fact Sheets and other documents located in the Document Library to the right.


For further enquiries, please contact Elizabeth Hanlon (LEP Amendment – Planning Proposal) or Madison McGlynn (DCP Amendment) in City Planning on 4732 7777.