Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2004
98 Exceptions to development standards
(1) The objectives of this clause are—(a) to provide an appropriate degree of flexibility in applying certain standards to particular development, and(b) to achieve better outcomes for and from development by allowing flexibility in particular circumstances.(2) Development consent may, subject to this clause, be granted for development even though the development would contravene a development standard imposed by this or any other environmental planning instrument. However, this clause does not apply to a development standard that is expressly excluded from the operation of this clause.(3) Development consent must not be granted for development that contravenes a development standard unless the consent authority has considered a written request from the applicant that seeks to justify the contravention of the development standard by demonstrating—(a) that compliance with the development standard is unreasonable or unnecessary in the circumstances of the case, and(b) there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify contravening the development standard.(4) Development consent must not be granted for development that contravenes a development standard unless—(a) the consent authority is satisfied that—(i) the applicant’s written request has adequately addressed the matters required to be demonstrated by subclause (3), and(ii) the proposed development will be in the public interest because it is consistent with the objectives of the particular standards and the objectives for development within the zone in which the development is proposed to be carried out, and(b) the concurrence of the Director-General has been obtained.(5) In deciding whether to grant concurrence, the Director-General must consider—(a) whether contravention of the development standard raises any matter of significance for State or regional environmental planning, and(b) the public benefits of maintaining the development standard, and(c) any other matters required to be taken into consideration by the Director-General before granting concurrence.(6) After determining a development application made pursuant to this clause, the consent authority must keep a record of its assessment of the factors required to be addressed in the applicant’s written request referred to in subclause (3).(7) This clause does not allow development consent to be granted for development that would contravene any of the following—(a) a development standard for complying development,(b) a development standard that arises, under the regulations under the Act, in connection with a commitment set out in a BASIX certificate for a building to which State Environmental Planning Policy (Building Sustainability Index: BASIX) 2004 applies or for the land on which such a building is situated.