Image: aerial view of Gosford, NSW.
Revitalisation of Gosford City Centre as the capital of a healthy, prosperous and connected Central Coast, is a key Ministerial priority of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.
The project has reached a significant milestone with the release of the final Government Architect report and approval of a suite of new planning controls to revitalise Gosford City Centre, following public exhibition throughout the year.
The measures aim to facilitate investment in the city to attract new residents, business, tourists and cultural activity to allow Gosford to fulfil its enormous potential as the vibrant, thriving and liveable capital of the Central Coast.
The Government Architect’s final Gosford City Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF) maps out a design–led, place-based revitalisation process that focuses on public domain renewal.
The UDF has been a collaborative process that has involved consultation with the community and stakeholders.
It builds on previous design work for the Gosford City Centre, including the Our City, Our Destiny – Gosford City Centre Masterplan which was prepared by the then Gosford City Council (now part of Central Coast Council).
The place–based approach promotes design excellence in the development and connectivity of three core areas of Gosford City Centre:
The approved measures also include the finalised Gosford City Centre State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC). The Development Control Plan (DCP) will also be in place when the SEPP is gazetted.
The controls implement the Government Architect’s framework and will ensure design–led, streamlined, flexible and efficient development for Gosford City Centre.
The SEPP will establish the statutory controls that recognises the state–significant importance of Gosford as a regional capital. The DCP provides the detailed objectives and controls to support the SEPP.
The final SIC will collect contributions for infrastructure that supports growth as the revitalisation program continues to roll out, reducing the overall contributions from 4 per cent to 3 per cent of the cost of development (with the SIC collecting 2 per cent and the local contributions framework collecting 1 per cent).
The SIC follows the Government’s commitment of $42 million to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure to support growth in Gosford City Centre, and $10 million for the creation of a significant regional playground as part of a broader upgrade of Leagues Club Field.
The SEPP, SIC and DCP will commence operation on the day on which the SEPP and SIC are published on the NSW legislation website, by Friday 19th October 2018.
The final Gosford Urban Design Framework (UDF), is a document that summarises the report and the draft planning documents that were exhibited throughout the year and is available to view or download:
Image: a montage of artist impressions of a revitalised Gosford City Centre.
The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20–year blueprint for the future of the Central Coast.