6.2 Rural Land Uses


Camden’s rural areas play an important role – not only from an agricultural production perspective, but also through the provision of diverse rural landscapes.  Increasing urbanisation has placed added pressure on the rural lands.  Accordingly, Council seeks to ensure that development undertaken in the rural areas maintains the production potential of agriculture, conserves the scenic and cultural landscapes, and protects and enhances the natural environment.

What are Rural Land Areas?

The rural land areas that are covered by this section of the DCP include the RU1 (Primary Production), RU2 (Rural Landscape), RU4 (Rural Small Holdings) and other zones where rural land uses may occur including the E2 (Environmental Management) and E4 (Environmental Living) Zones. 


  1. Provide controls for rural dwellings, outbuildings and farm buildings which ensure the buildings are appropriately sited, designed and constructed in the rural context of the site;
  2. Ensure that the use of rural land for primary production purposes occurs in an orderly manner, minimising impacts upon the natural environment and surrounding land uses;
  3. Provide controls for non-agricultural developments in rural zones to ensure they are compatible with the use of the surrounding land for primary production and rural living;
  4. Ensure that support infrastructure in rural zones are appropriately sited and constructed; and
  5. Maintain the scenic rural landscapes which characterise the rural zoned land in the Camden LGA.

Further Information

Camden Rural Land Strategy 2017 Camden Scenic and Cultural Landscapes Study, February 1998 Lambcon Associates. Buffer Zones to Reduce Land Use Conflict with Agriculture, November 2018, Department of Primary Industries.