THE NSW Government last week announced the start of the public exhibition period for the draft Central Coast Regional Plan and the draft Hunter Regional Plan, which aim to guide the regions' needs for housing, jobs, infrastructure and a healthy environment.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes encouraged the community to take part in the consultation process and to help shape the future of the two regions. The release of the draft plans follows extensive consultation with the community, local councils and other stakeholders.
Mr Stokes said the draft Hunter Regional Plan will, for the first time, contain a long-term plan for a combined Hunter City regional centre.
"This draft plan introduces the concept of Hunter City for the first time, recognising the benefit of coordinated planning for the area stretching from Lake Macquarie to Maitland and Newcastle," the Minister said.
"Together, these centres make up Australia's seventh largest city and the second largest in NSW. This new plan sets out a vision for Hunter City as a whole, while maintaining the unique character of each centre."
In releasing the draft Central Coast Plan, Mr Stokes said the plan focuses on revitalising existing areas, providing new homes, new jobs and protecting the local environment.
The plan aims to deliver range of new housing options in and around the Gosford city centre, the Gosford to Erina and Tuggerah to Warnervale corridors and local centres across the region. New land release opportunities will also be made available in the Warnervale-Wadalba area and elsewhere in North Wyong.
The public consultation period for the draft Central Coast Regional Plan and the draft Hunter Regional Plan ends on 28 February 2016. More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-Your-Area/Regional-Growth-Plans/>.