THE NSW Government last month released the final North Coast Regional Plan 2036, which provides a blueprint that will guide planning and land use decisions in the region over the next two decades.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, and Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the vision for the North Coast is to create the best region in Australia to live, work and play thanks to its spectacular environment and vibrant communities.
"The 80-point action plan will protect the region's stunning coastline and natural environment, create more jobs, establish vibrant communities and greater housing choice for people living on the North Coast," Mr Barilaro said.
The plan aims to support the provision of affordable housing, provide for the protection of coastal strips, allow for stronger links to Queensland and increase connectivity between North Coast communities and those in South East Queensland.
Mr Roberts said the local population is projected to increase by more than 75,000 people by 2036 and that will see the need for another 46,000 homes.
"Over the next 20 years, almost 77 per cent of the population growth is projected to occur in our regional cities, including the Port Macquarie-Hastings, Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Tweed local government areas," Mr Roberts said.
"The plan will ensure housing diversity, delivering 40 per cent of new homes in the form of apartments, townhouses, villas and homes on lots less than 400 square metres".
The NSW Government has also made a commitment to ensure there is no coal seam gas exploration on the North Coast.
"We've heard the community's viewpoint on coal seam gas loud and clear and this plan states that CSG resources on the North Coast will remain in the ground," Mr Barilaro added.
More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Regional-Plans/North-Coast/Plan>.