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Building matters


All subdivision lots in Valley View Estate are zoned R1 General Residential in accordance with Cowra Local Environmental Plan 2012. The R1 zone provides for a mix of housing choice and density, and will properly facilitate quality new development at Valley View Estate.

Development controls

New housing at Valley View Estate will be subject to some basic building and site design guidelines that have been prepared by Council.


The guidelines are not intended to restrict freedom of building design. Rather, the controls up-hold minimum standards and expectations that will ensure that the area develops into an attractive residential estate.

Interested persons can read the  Guidelines by clicking on the link below. Hard copies of the Guidelines are also available by contacting Council. 

Bushfire Planning

Whilst the natural landscape setting of the adjacent Cowra Peace Precinct is a wonderful attribute for new lots at Valley View Estate, it also means that bushfire risk must be properly assessed and managed as part of the development.

A Bushfire Assessment Review was completed by Council as part of the subdivision development. The recommendations of the Bushfire Assessment Review has implications for the new owners of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the subdivision. These are the lots which generally back onto the reserve forming part of the Cowra Peace Precinct.

For Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, landowners will be required to construct a fence (using non-combustible building materials) along any boundary that is shared with the Peace Precinct. 

Easements & restrictions

The subdivision at Valley View Estate has been carefully designed to ensure that any necessary service and utility easements are located outside of potential building locations. Proposed easement locations are shown on the Lot Plans available for download here. 

All dwellings and other ancillary structures will need to be positioned outside of the easement locations. Development located in close proximity to easement locations may need to be engineered carefully to ensure the integrity of the infrastructure within the easement. Council is available to answer any specific or technical questions from interested buyers. 

There are a number of other restrictions that are intended to apply to the new lots. These are contained in the S88B Instrument, a draft copy of which can be viewed here.