Draft strategy ‘well-considered and consistent’, says Cox

Central Coast Council’s director for planning, Mr Scott Cox, has claimed the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement gave a well-considered and consistent approach to planning for the forecasted population growth in the Central Coast’s future.

“The land use vision aims to create the Central Coast of tomorrow – showing leadership in place-making, environmental protection, sustainability, infrastructure and community resilience,” he said.

“A region where our town centres will thrive with more living and working opportunities and provide key services to surrounding communities.

“Importantly, a region with physically connected communities through appropriate infrastructure and socially connected through strong relationships and a sense of unity.”

Mayor Cr Lisa Matthews said that the plan had already been put together with community involvement and she hoped this would continue.

“Our community’s opinion is highly valued, and the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement has been guided by the extensive community consultation undertaken for the preparation of the Community Strategic Plan 2018 and draft Urban Spatial Plan,” she said.

“I encourage the community to take this opportunity to now have their say on the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.”

The Statement aims to define the way state and regional plans will be implemented in the Central Coast, taking into account the NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, the State’s Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and community priorities.

The Statement proposes the Central Coast’s future as a satellite city, positioned between the two “global gateway cities” of Sydney and Newcastle.

The growth target set out in the Statement is for 75,500 more people, 41,500 more dwellings and 24,674 more jobs.

The Statements describes “Four Pillars” that guide the priorities as “place, environment, lifestyle and infrastructure” with aims of providing adequate housing and transport, maintaining the Coast’s community identity and way of life, and protecting the natural environment.

The Council will undertake its community consultation online from May 8 to June 8.

The full Local Strategic Planning Statement can be viewed, and comments made, at yourvoiceourcoast.com/lsps.

Media release, 8 May 2020,
Lisa Matthews, Central Coast Council