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Native Plants and The Development Process

Coffs Harbour City has one development control in place to assist landholders and consultants to correctly identify and address any issues in relation to proposed development or activities on our natural environment. The control aims to be complementary to council biodiversity conservation goals, by providing concise information to correctly satisfy all requirements and legislative responsibilities through the development application process in regards to flora, fauna, ecosystems and landscapes.

PLEASE NOTE: Some areas of the LEP 2013 have been deferred. View the two maps on the LEP page which show the  deferred areas in the Sandy Beach, Hearnes Lake and Moonee.  These areas are covered by LEP 2000 and its Tree Preservation Orders. See the  Tree Preservation Order page.Scribbly Gums

Preservation of Vegetation Clause under LEP 2013

The Coffs Harbour Preservation of Vegetation aims to prevent unnecessary damage or uncontrolled removal of native vegetation. The application of this clause is detailed within the Coffs Harbour Development Control Plan 2013.

Component B7 Biodiversity Requirements - Section B7.1 Preservation of Trees or Vegetation.

Vegetation Management Planning 
Both Vegetation Management Plans (VMP) and Preliminary Vegetation Management Plans (Prelim VMP) are documents which specify the protection and restoration of natural bushland areas. They are often a conditional requirement under the development application process and must be completed by suitably qualified persons. Compensatory plans are general plans for minor offsets and maybe completed by the landholder.   


 DCP B7 - B7.3.4 Preliminary Vegetation Management Plan Requirements DCP B7 -B7.3.5 Comprehensive Vegetation Management Plan Requirements 
 Information Sheet - Preliminary Vegetation Management Plan  Information Sheet - Comprehensive Vegetation Management Plan


Arborist Reports
Development applications or activities requiring any of the following activities may require consultation with a suitably qualified and/or experienced arborist.

  • modification or removal of native trees
  • construction within critical root zones of retained trees
  • modification of ground levels in close proximity to trees

As well as the TPO, decisions made regarding the retention and protection of trees on developments must be in compliance with AS4970-2009:  Protection of trees on development sites.


 DCP B7 - B7.3.7 Arborist Reports (a) Preparing Arborist Assessment Reports DCP B7 - B7.3.7 Arborist Reports (b) Preparing Arborist Cover Notes 
 Information Sheet - Preparing Arborist Assessment Reports  Information Sheet - Preparing Arborist Cover Notes


Ecological Survey and Assessment Standards
Flora and fauna Reports are scientifically based documents which identify survey technique required under a development application process. They must be prepared by a suitably qualified consultant and address specific issues and assessment standards in relation to flora & fauna.   

 DCP B7 - B7.3.3 Ecological Assessment Requirements
DCP B7 - B7.3.3 Ecological Assessment Requirements  DCP B7 - B7.3.3 Ecological Assessment Requirements 
Information Sheet - Comprehensive Ecological Assessment Information Sheet - Ecological Assessment Minor Development Information Sheet - Ecological Assessment Report Structure


Compensatory Planting
Any development or activity which requires the removal of native vegetation maybe required to provide compensatory planting or offsets. The objective of compensatory planting is to provide a replacement to lost habitat. The ratios are determined based on the value of habitat lost.  

 DCP B7 - B7.3.6 Compensatory Planting Requirements 
 Information Sheet - Compensatory Planting Requirements