What is the current heritage status of Teralba?

    A large part of Teralba is already classified as a Heritage Conservation Area (HCA), and the entirety of Teralba (including all properties in the suburb) is already part of a Heritage Precinct.

    This means that all properties in Teralba are already subject to some form of heritage protection within the local Council planning context.

    The aim of the draft Area Plan and Planning Proposal on exhibition is to help Council clarify what this protection means in the context of development assessments. It will help Council provide clear and consistent information to Teralba property owners who want to make changes to their properties in the future.

    What is on public exhibition?

    Draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan

    The draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan on exhibition defines its revised boundaries, and contains objectives and controls for development within the Teralba HCA which are permitted with consent under the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014. The Area Plan will protect and enhance the recognised significance of the place by retaining and enhancing features that characterise Teralba and contribute to its significance.  

    Draft Planning Proposal

    The draft Planning Proposal aims to give statutory effect to the revised draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan through amendments to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014. It will permit development outcomes that will protect and enhance the heritage values of the Teralba Heritage Conservation Area. The key changes put forward by the planning proposal are:

    • A revised Heritage Conservation Area boundary; and
    • Reducing building heights from 10 metres to 8.5 metres for sites south of Railway Street.

    This will permit single and two storey development consistent with the bulk and scale of the historic miners’ cottages within this area.

    Working Report

    The Working Report presents the findings of a review of the Teralba HCA and Precinct by independent consultants.

    The purpose of the review was to define the current heritage significance of Teralba HCA, produce a desired future character statement, assess the appropriateness of boundaries, examine the development control framework, identify what items contribute to or detract from the area and develop new development controls for the HCA.

    What key changes are being made to the planning documents?

    If adopted, the key changes in the Planning Proposal and revised Heritage Conservation Area Plan will:

    • amend the boundary of the HCA in the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LMLEP 2014) to better include contributory properties (graded as Contributory 1 and 2), and to capture significant views and vistas that are part of the area’s setting, character and significance
    • replace the current Teralba Heritage Precinct with the proposed HCA 
    • apply more detailed and targeted planning provisions to the revised HCA 
    • introduce contributory gradings of individual properties in the Teralba HCA
    • amend the height of buildings map in the LMLEP 2014 from 10 metres (up to three storeys) to 8.5 metres (up to two storeys) within the revised HCA boundary, excluding land north of Railway Street (which remains at 10 metres).

    How can you tell if a building contributes to the heritage character of Teralba?

    A property does not have to be a listed heritage item to be considered contributory within the HCA:

    • Any building that contributes positively to the heritage character and village feel of Teralba is considered to be ‘contributory’.
    • Elements considered include the scale of the building, its architectural style, its position on the block, and its likely age.
    • A building can be considered ‘contributory’ irrespective of its age if it reflects these elements and makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and wider HCA.
    • The intention of the revised HCA boundaries, coupled with the application of significance gradings for individual properties, is to allow for a greater degree of development control for Contributory 1 buildings, while enabling an appropriate degree of flexibility for the development of Contributory 2 and Non-contributory properties.

    How were these properties graded?

    In 2020, visual inspections of all properties within Teralba HCA were conducted by an independent consultant (Umwelt), from public areas (i.e. footpath areas/road reserves).

    Each individual property was assessed for the contribution it made to the heritage significance of the HCA as a whole, and given a grading on the basis of that contribution i.e. Contributory 1, Contributory 2 or Non-contributory.

    In February 2021, property owners were notified of their contributory grading and were invited to provide any additional information on the history of their house that would potentially change the grading of their building.

    Read the community engagement summary report.

    What do the proposed changes mean for my property?

    The draft Planning Proposal and Heritage Conservation Area Plan make a number of changes to the way Council will manage development in Teralba. The location of your property and its grading will determine the future development controls applied.

    Please refer to the documentation referred to below to find further information relevant to your property.

    If you would like to speak with Council staff in more detail about how the draft documents would apply to your property, please call 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au


    Location within the HCA boundary 

    To determine if your property is located within the proposed HCA boundary, please refer to the proposed revised HCA boundary map (Figure 1) of the draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan (draft LMDCP 2014, Part 11.3)

    If your property is outside of the proposed HCA boundary, the Heritage Conservation Area Plan will not apply to you, however, other planning controls may still apply. 


    Property gradings

    To view the grading of your property please see Figure 2 of the draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan.

    To view the controls that apply to the grading of your property, see section 3.4 of the draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan.

    Generally speaking, Contributory 2 and Non-contributory properties within the proposed HCA boundary will be subject to considerably less stringent objectives and controls than Contributory 1 buildings.

    Why do you need to grade these properties at all?

    At the moment, both Contributory and Non-contributory properties are subject to the same development controls.

    The properties have been graded so that the most appropriate development controls can be applied to each individual building. This will help to make sure that owners of Non-contributory properties are not required to comply with controls that are intended to protect heritage values. It also means that owners of Contributory buildings will be able to access clear and consistent information should they wish to make changes to their properties in the future.

    The gradings will enable Council to assess development applications for the HCA in a more consistent and efficient manner, and allow us to balance the pressures between development and preserving as much of the heritage character of Teralba as possible.

    What is a Contributory 1 building?

    A Contributory 1 building is a building that makes a significant contribution to the heritage character of the HCA or streetscape.

    They are usually earlier buildings, and are generally associated with a significant historical period. They are typically intact, with their architectural style or design features being at least partially original. 

    A building does not have to be a listed heritage item to be graded a Contributory 1.

    Development proposals for Contributory 1 properties need to achieve a reasonable balance between contemporary living needs and heritage conservation (that is, the protection of the heritage character of the building).

    A good example of a Contributory 1 building is the Umwelt offices on York Street. Despite recent additions and renovations, the building is still recognisable as the original Co-Op Store, and contributes in a positive way to the streetscape and to the wider HCA.

    What is a Contributory 2 building?

    A Contributory 2 building is one that does not detract (take away) from the overall heritage character or feel of the HCA or streetscape.

    Contributory 2 buildings generally contribute in a positive way to the area by maintaining and reinforcing the scale, materiality, style or general aesthetic (visual) character of a place.

    Examples of Contributory 2 buildings may be early buildings that have been somewhat modified or contemporary buildings (infill buildings) built in a ‘heritage’ style.

    In Teralba specifically, ‘cottage style’ buildings that are single storey in scale and have some traditional design features (e.g. weatherboard facades, gable roofs, bull-nosed verandahs, etc).

    What is a Non-contributory building.

    Non-contributory buildings are those that interrupt or detract from the heritage character of the HCA or streetscape.

    Non-Contributory buildings make it difficult for visitors to Teralba to notice and appreciate the suburb’s heritage character.

    In Teralba, these are buildings that are much larger or higher than those around them (residential buildings that are two or more storeys high, for example), buildings that use clearly non-traditional materials, and buildings that have non-traditional features (such as flat or skillion roofs).

Making a submission

    How can I view the draft plans and make a submission?

    View draft plans via downloadable PDF on this website.

    Printed copies of the draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan and draft Planning Proposal are available for pick up at the Council Administrative Centre at Speers Point. 

    If you require copies of these draft plans to be mailed to your home, please contact Council advising of your mailing address on 4921 0333.

    Please note that due to the size of the Working Report, this document will only be printed upon request and is available to view online.

    A formal submission must be in writing and sent via one of the following channels:

    Submissions close 14 March 2022.


    Please note: 

    The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020 has removed the requirement for councils and other consent authorities to display physical copies of some documents so long as they are displayed on the NSW Planning Portal or an approved website.

    What should I put in a submission?

    Your submission can be as concise or as long as you wish:

    • If you do not support the draft plans, or any element of it, please make a submission and tell us what your specific concerns are. Please, be detailed and specific so that we can take it to Council to make an informed decision.
    • Conversely, if you do support the draft plans, or any element of it, please make a submission and tell us specifically why you support the plan.

    Your specific feedback may result in further changes being made prior to a report being prepared for Councillors.

    At the Council meeting, the Councillors will review the formal submissions and concerns raised. They may either adopt the final proposed plans or ask for further amendments based on community feedback. The date of the Council meeting is yet to be confirmed.

    Can I make more than one submission?

    Should multiple submissions be received from a single resident regarding this project, the feedback will be reviewed by staff and counted as one submission when reporting back to the Councillors. 

    We recommend that all residents include all relevant feedback in a single submission.

    Disclosure of Political Donations and Gifts

    All persons who lodge a submission are required to declare any relevant political donations and/or gifts in accordance with Section 147(5) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. 

    The Information and Disclosure form is available on Council's website(External link). Please note failure to complete a statement if such a Political Donation/Gift has been made is an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    All submissions and disclosure statements received by Council will be available through Application Tracking on the city website (search on rezoning application number). Council will release submissions received upon request, in accordance with Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1993.

    I’ve put in a submission, now what?

    Following the public exhibition:

    • Council staff will review any submissions received from the community and make any necessary adjustments to the draft Planning Proposal and draft Heritage Conservation Area Plan in response to those submissions and report to Council for adoption. 
    • Following adoption, amendments to the LMLEP 2014 will be gazetted and become active from that date.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    If you have an enquiry about the documents on public exhibition, email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call 4921 0333.