We've finalised a regional plan centred on a prosperous community, healthy environment and attractive lifestyle choices.
The Draft Hunter Regional Plan and the Draft Plan for Growing Hunter City have been informed by community and stakeholder feedback from the consultation on The Lower Hunter over the next 20 years Discussion Paper and evidence on housing, jobs, biodiversity and infrastructure in the region.
The Draft Hunter Regional Plan, which outlines a vision to grow and diversify the Hunter economy over the next 20 years so that it remains the biggest and most productive regional economy in Australia, was on exhibition from 25 November 2016 to 24 March 2016.
A Draft Plan for Growing Hunter City was also released as a companion to the draft Regional Plan, to reflect the City’s importance as the prime location for new jobs, housing and regional-level services.
The draft plans outlined a vision, goals and actions that aim to:
For the first time strategic planning for the Lower Hunter, Upper Hunter and Great Lakes is consolidated in this plan.
The Draft Regional Plan also incorporates policies contained in the 2012 Upper Hunter Strategic Regional Land Use Plan.
We wish to thank the Hunter community, local councils, community groups, and peak bodies for having their say on the Draft Hunter Regional Plan and the Draft Plan for Growing Hunter City.
We have endeavoured to remove any personal or sensitive information from your submissions, prior to publishing. If you have any concerns about the published submissions, please contact our Hunter and Central Coast office on (02) 4904 2700.
We are now considering the submissions, including recording and analysing the issues and examining the suggested changes to the draft Plans.
Once all submissions are considered the final Plan will be prepared and released.
The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the Hunter.
Our vision is to create a leading regional economy in Australia, with a vibrant metropolitan city at the heart. We will deliver our vision through four goals:
It is proposed that a Special Infrastructure Contribution be developed to help deliver the Hunter Regional Plan 2036. This is a financial contribution that new development would make towards the cost of infrastructure for the region.
Feedback is open on the Discussion Paper: Hunter Special Infrastructure Contribution Plan, until 16 December, 2016. You can find out more and view the discussion paper here.