Fact Sheets

Council has adopted a number of Fact Sheets to assist applicants and owners with specific issues.

The following is a list of Fact Sheets prepared to date:

1. Acid Sulfate Soils

Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) are natural soils that form in sea water or brackish water environments. They are common in every estuary and estuarine floodplain in NSW. These soils contain iron sulfides that are stable and do not cause a problem when waterlogged. However when exposed to air, after drainage or excavation, the soils rapidly form sulfuric acid. This acid can leach into the surrounding area acidifying neighbouring drains, wetlands, creeks, estuaries and bays, causing severe environmental damage. It can affect industries such as fishing and tourism, and can impact on public and private infrastructure by causing serious damage to steel and concrete structures such as the foundations (footings) of a building. Please refer to the attached Fact Sheet for additional information.

2. Botany-Randwick Industrial Area

The Botany / Randwick industrial area forms an industrial complex of State and National significance. The location of the industrial area, within the vicinity of residential areas, has required that safety studies into the cumulative risk of industrial activity be undertaken to quantify and measure hazard risk associated with such activities.

The release of the 2001 'Botany / Randwick Industrial Area Land Use Safety Study' prompted Council to formalise the recommendations of the 2001 Study by drafting a Development Control Plan that specifies development activities that are considered 'sensitive' and need to be subject to risk evaluation in the planning and development process. On the 26 February 2003, Council resolved to adopt the Botany Randwick Industrial Area Land Use Safety Study Development Control Plan (DCP). The plan came into effect on the 4 March 2003. The Fact Sheet provides applicant/owners further details on the provisions of the DCP.

The Fact Sheet will be updated when Council adopts the new Botany Bay Comprehensive Development Control Plan.

Botany-Randwick Industrial Area - Information Sheet adopted

3. Home Businesses, Home Occupations and Home Industries

This Fact Sheet relates to "Home Business", "Home Industry" and "Home Occupation" activities within the Local Government Area of the City of Botany Bay. It contains Council's development standards and requirements for such uses.

Home Businesses and Home Industries require the prior consent of Council - ie. a Development Application is required to be lodged with Council.

Home occupations do not require consent from Council. It is suggested however that you write to Council advising Council of the details of your home occupation - ie. the address of the premises, proposed use, and the hours of operation. Council will then advise you in writing whether or not your proposed use is a home occupation and the requirements that the home occupation would need to comply with.

Please refer to the attached Fact Sheet for additional information.

4. Rezoning Application

The Botany Bay Local Environmental Plan 2013 provides for the zoning of most of the land within the Local Government Area of the City of Botany Bay. It establishes a range of uses that are permissible or prohibited within each zone. Where a particular use is prohibited within a certain zone, it may be possible for Council to reconsider the zoning of the land to make use permissible.

Part of the Council's charter under the Local Government Act, 1993 is "to properly manage, develop, restore, enhance and conserve the environment of the area for which it is responsible, in a manner that is consistent with the principles of ecological sustainable development" and "to have regard to the long-term and cumulative effects of its decision".

Council does not usually encourage 'spot rezoning', however, where they are sought, a rezoning application is to be submitted to Council for assessment, together with the relevant assessment fee.

Council requires Rezoning Applications to complete the attached form and submit a draft Planning Proposal in accordance with the Department of Planning & Environment's Guide to Preparing Planning Proposals.

5. Fact Sheet on Heritage Impact Statements and Conservation Management Plans

Council has prepared a Fact Sheet in order to provide owners, occupiers, interested parties, developers, architects, and conservationists alike with information on heritage conservation process within the City of Botany Bay. The Fact Sheet also provides information on Heritage Impact Statement and Conservation Management Plan and how they should be written in order to successfully to comply with the requirements of Botany Bay Local Environmental Plan 2013.

Heritage Impact Fact Sheet

6. Shopfront Guidelines and Visual Merchandising Guidelines

At the end of 2001 the City of Botany Bay Council received a grant from the Department of Planning and Environment (former PlanningNSW) under the Urban Improvement Program to research opportunities and implement actions to revitalise the Botany south area.

The Botany south area refers to land contained within and bounded by Botany Rd, Wilson St, Warrana St, Kurnell St, Aylesbury St, Tenterden Rd, Fabry St, Cranbrook St and Hastings St in Botany.

A component of the Botany south Urban Improvement Program was to plan for improvements to the retail area in Banksmeadow.

In June 2003, Village Well (a consultancy which specialises in retail and commercial precinct revitalisation) was engaged to undertake the preparation of shopfront guidelines and visual merchandising guidelines.

These guidelines can be used by any business to offer simple ways to improve the appearance of shops and commercial premises.

Shopfront Guidelines
Visual Merchandising Guidelines

You should also take a look at the following documents, which will assist you in planning for the success of your business:

7. Important Information on  Asbestos for Renovators and Homeowners

The attached fact sheet provides information on the following topics: -

  • Council’s roles and responsibilities in relation to Asbestos
  • The licensing requirements for Asbestos removals
  • Council’s requirements for demolitions dealing with Asbestos
  • Measures in place to ensure compliance with Asbestos requirements for demolitions and development
  • A list of websites with up to date information on Asbestos

8. "Do it Right on Site" is a project to help the construction industry to protect the environment and achieve the many benefits from doing so.

The information sheet provides basic information on soil and water management construction sites. Further information is available as http://www.ssroc.nsw.gov.au.