A NEW planning blueprint for Tamworth that rezones land for up to 1,000 new dwellings and allocates 120 hectares of employment land for business park development has been approved by the NSW Government.
Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the Tamworth Regional local environmental plan (LEP) would guide future planning in the council area to deliver jobs and housing in line with expected growth.
"Key aspects of the plan include identifying 100 hectares of additional residential land, including more than 80 hectares at Calala, and the introduction of a new business park zone near Tamworth Regional Airport," Mr Kelly said.
Country Labor MLC for Tamworth, Christine Robertson, said the new LEP consolidates existing LEPs, as Tamworth Regional Council had been operating under five separate LEPs since 2004 when the councils of Tamworth City, Parry, Nundle, Manilla and part of Barraba were amalgamated.
The government said the LEP had been shaped by extensive strategic planning work undertaken by Council, including the Tamworth Regional Development Strategy and the Industrial Land Use Strategies for Taminda and the Glen Artney Estate.