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Implementation Plan 

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is the NSW Government’s strategy for guiding land use planning decisions for the Central Coast Region.

Uniquely, the Central Coast is a region with one local government area, which makes a partnership with the NSW Government easier and effective coordination between the two more viable. 

The Regional Plan sets out four goals for the Central Coast:

  • A prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home
  • Protect the natural environment and manage the use of agricultural and resource lands  
  • Well-connected communities and attractive lifestyles
  • A variety of housing choice to suit needs and lifestyles

The NSW Government has established new governance arrangements to oversee the implementation of the vision, goals, directions and actions in the Regional Plan and the release of an Annual Monitoring Report. 

Purpose

Responsibility for implementing actions and monitoring the intended outcomes in the Regional Plan is shared with our important regional stakeholders, including Council, other State agencies, service providers and the development industry. All stakeholders need to have a good understanding of the priorities and the deliverables.

The purpose of this Implementation Plan is to:

  • ensure ongoing collaboration and agreement on the implementation of actions;
  • assign accountabilities for the implementation of actions;
  • explain the role of different groups and committees involved in implementation;
  • guide the Central Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee in its role of overseeing delivery of the Regional Plan; and
  • inform the Annual Monitoring Report.

Goals, directions and actions

A direct line-of sight-exists between the four goals, 23 directions and 110 actions in the Regional Plan. The goals articulate the intended outcome; the directions identify the broad issues or policy areas that we need to focus on and the actions represent the steps we need to take or initiatives we need to introduce/implement to achieve the goals. Actions are either implemented as strategies or as initiatives.

 

The NSW Government has identified a lead agency and relevant partner stakeholders for each action. The lead agency is responsible for project managing the various tasks required to ensure success. Key stakeholders are those agencies, councils or organisations considered important partners for implementation. The list of partners is not exclusive and additional stakeholders may be identified as implementation progresses.

Indicative timings for actions are as follows:
  • Immediate – 0-2 years;
  • Short term – 3-5 years;
  • Medium term – 5-10 years; 
  • Long term – 10+ years. 

Some actions are also designated as ‘ongoing’ to reflect their delivery being achieved through Local Environmental Plans, local planning strategies and other land use planning that is required to be consistent with the Regional Plan. 

 

Each action in the Regional Plan will be implemented through a mix of mechanisms that reflect a range of ongoing strategies and catalyst initiatives that will deliver on the vision and directions in the Plan, including:

Strategies:
  • Local planning directions issued under  Section 117 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 by the Minister for Planning that ensure council planning strategies and controls are consistent with the Regional Plan;
  • Integrated planning and reporting under the Local Government Act 1993; 
  • Whole-of government policy alignment.

Progress on delivering these actions will be reviewed as part of any review or adjustment to the Regional Plan.

Catalyst initiatives:
  • Matters that require a partnership between Council and the NSW Government; 
  • Publication of reports or data; and
  • Regional collaboration across government, business, key stakeholders and the wider community for specific projects and processes.

Funding will be provided in growth areas for regional infrastructure through the review of infrastructure contribution plans for the Central Coast. The NSW Government will use the Regional Plan, along with the annual monitoring report of development activity through the Central Coast Urban Development Program and Employment Lands Monitor, to advise infrastructure agencies about the timing of new investments.


Priorities for the Central Coast are economic and jobs growth, housing choice to meet demand, delivering infrastructure to support growth and communities and protecting natural areas. Actions to support these outcomes represent the immediate areas of focus.

Nine priority actions have been identified for implementation in 2016–2018. These actions respond to strong representations made in feedback to the draft Regional Plan or are areas where initial investigations or planning are required. These priorities will be overseen by the Central Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee and will require a collaborative effort involving multiple agencies, Council and stakeholders.

 

  1. Establish the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors as key locations for economic development, residential growth, and investment in health, education, research, knowledge-based industries, professional services, sport and leisure, agribusiness, food manufacturing, high-tech manufacturing and clean technologies.
  2. Address land use needs west of the M1 Motorway to provide integrated and adaptable outcomes for natural assets, productive lands and rural lifestyles.
  3. Review development contributions in the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan area, incorporating Special Infrastructure Contributions Plans for the Wyong Employment Zone and Warnervale Town Centre.
  4. Prepare a sequencing plan for release of land in growth corridors and the Warnervale-Wadalba release area that coordinates with infrastructure planning.
  5. Work with the Central Coast Council and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to strategically assess its landholdings to identify priority sites and create a pipeline of potential projects. 
  6. Incorporate the assessment of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council landholdings into a revised North Wyong Shire Structure Plan. 
  7. Monitor land and housing supply through an urban development program.
  8. Monitor the supply of employment land and infrastructure servicing status via the Employment Land Development Monitor.
  9. Develop a local planning toolkit to assist councils in implementing the Plan.

Effective governance arrangements are critical to successful delivery.

Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee

The Central Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee has been established to oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Regional Plan and brings together the agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of proposed outcomes under the Regional Plan. The focus of the Committee is implementation of the Regional Plan. Representation on this Committee is about engaging relevant and operations-focused people from agencies and organisations responsible for delivering the majority of proposed outcomes under the Regional Plan.

The role of the Committee is to:

  • oversee and coordinate the implementation of the Regional Plan;
  • provide accountability for delivery of the Regional Plan;
  • be kept informed of general progress and participate in delivery of priority actions;
  • monitor and track the progress of implementing the Regional Plan;
  • where impediments are identified, collaborate for resolution;
  • provide a forum to discuss and resolve implementation issues or action delivery in a changing regional policy environment;
  • provide high-level progress updates to the Central Coast Regional Leadership Group (via the Department of Premier and Cabinet);
  • inform the preparation of the Annual Monitoring Report; and
  • inform and participate in a five-year review of the Regional Plan.

Committee membership includes:

  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • Central Coast Council
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • NSW Health
  • Department of Industry
  • Transport for NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Department of Primary Industries – Agriculture
  • Department of Industry – Division of Resources and Energy

Supporting Groups

The Committee can be supported by outcome-specific groups that bring together appropriate personnel (government, industry or community) to provide advice on particular issues or projects.

Regional governance framework

It is important to recognise the existing broader governance framework in operation within the region to ensure the newly established Committee complements existing governance structures and does not duplicate current activity.

 

The Central Coast Regional Leadership Group, which is a Department of Premier and Cabinet-led initiative, is a platform that supports closer working relationships between NSW Government agencies and the Central Coast Council. The network encourages strategic collaboration, consultation, solution brokerage and engagement on regional priorities across government.

 

The Committee benefits from having access to the same agency and local government organisations that comprise the Regional Leadership Group. This is particularly important where the NSW Government ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms are changing the way Government works together on local priorities.

Links to other strategies

The NSW Government has in place, or is developing, a number of other relevant strategies that will influence the implementation of the Regional Plan, including the Central Coast Regional Transport Plan.

 

The actions of each of these strategies have not been listed, however the Committee will have a role in ensuring that there is appropriate coordination across the implementation of the strategies. This applies, in particular, to those strategies that address housing and growth and infrastructure. It is anticipated that these strategies will complement the focus of the Regional Plan.

 

Regional Governance Framework

Infographic showing how and when the Central Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee provides high level progress updates to the Central Coast Regional Leadership Group and what each group does

Annual Monitoring Report 

An Annual Monitoring Report will be prepared to monitor progress on implementation of the Regional Plan. This will report progress on goals, directions and actions with a focus on the priorities that have been agreed to by the Committee.  It will also list achievements and important regional highlights from the year. Implementation priorities will be revised and a new program for work will be identified for each subsequent year.

Regional Plan Review

The Regional Plan will be subject to a five-yearly review, or as necessary, to update and revise the strategies provided through the goals, directions and actions. A five-yearly review will revisit regional performance, challenges and opportunities and incorporate the most up-to-date information provided through the census process. The review of the Regional Plan will be informed by the Committee as well as the Annual Monitoring Reports.

Implementation Plan Update

The priorities described in this Implementation Plan will be updated on an annual basis as part of the Annual Monitoring Report and will form the work program for the following year. This will ensure that implementation of the Regional Plan remains current and responsive to regional conditions.

Goal 1 - A prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home


1

 Action Initiative or strategy Governance
   
Responsibility1 Partner Timing 
1.1  Grow Gosford City Centre as the region’s capital and focus of professional, civic and health services for the region’s population.  Strategy  Council  DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing 
1.2  Undertake and integrate precinct planning for the Waterfront, Arts and Entertainment, City Core, Railway and Hospital precincts – to grow jobs and coordinate the delivery of improved transport infrastructure.  Initiative  Council DPE, TfNSW Short term
1.3 Attract and facilitate greater commercial development in Gosford City Centre by improving the public domain and providing opportunities for development through local planning controls.  Initiative  Council DPE Short term
1.4 Promote Gosford City Centre as a more attractive place to live, work and play through local planning controls that support vibrant and safe cultural, entertainment and visitor activities.
Initiative  Council DPE Short term
1.5 Enhance the growth potential of the health precinct around Gosford Hospital and allied health facilities in Gosford City Centre to drive the growth of services and specialisation in the region.   Strategy  Council DPE, NSW Health Short term
1.6  Integrate the railway station with other activities and seek opportunities to improve east-west connectivity across the railway line.  Initiative  DPE DPE, TfNSW, RMS Short term
1.7  Identify opportunities for the consolidation and relocation of government services and agencies to Gosford City Centre.  Initiative DPC DPE, TfNSW, RMS  Short term 
1.8  Ensure that development in Gosford City Centre responds to its natural setting and complements the public domain.   Strategy Council DPE Ongoing
1.9 Improve access to Gosford City Centre from the west and north.  Strategy Council TfNSW, RMS Short term
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
      Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
2.1  Undertake precinct planning for Somersby Business Park, Mt Penang and Kariong to expand employment in the regional gateway and improve services, synergies between activities and access to the M1 Pacific Motorway and Central Coast Highway.  Initiative  Council CCRDC, DPE, TfNSW  Short term 
2.2 Capitalise on improved access from the $170 million upgrade of the Central Coast Highway, Brisbane Water Drive and Manns Road intersection to increase employment diversity and integrate land uses at West Gosford.  Strategy Council  TfNSW, DPE
Ongoing 
2.3 Deliver renewal plans for the Gosford City Centre to enhance the function of the Southern Growth Corridor.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW Ongoing  
2.4 Support revitalisation and localised development opportunities in East Gosford.  Strategy  Council   DPE  Ongoing  
2.5 Plan for a growing and vibrant mixed use centre at Erina that is well-connected and has enhanced urban amenity.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing  
2.6 Protect environmental values along the Southern Growth Corridor.  Strategy  Council   DPE, OEH  Ongoing  
2.7 Plan for increased road, public transport and pedestrian and bicycle connections along the Southern Growth Corridor.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing  
2.8 Revitalise Wyong as a mixed use centre servicing the northern part of the region, with infill residential development in central locations.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing  
2.9 Plan for the development of a health precinct surrounding the redeveloped Wyong Hospital.  Strategy  Council 
DPE, TfNSW, NSW Health  Ongoing  
2.10 Create a diverse, connected and vibrant Tuggerah centre.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing  
2.11 Promote Warnervale as a new strategic centre on the Central Coast and plan for its transport interchange.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW, DISRD  Ongoing  
2.12 Leverage the planned Pacific Highway upgrade and new Link Road to improve transport connectivity and amenity along the Tuggerah to Warnervale corridor.  Strategy  Council   DPE, TfNSW  Ongoing  
2.13 Promote industry-focused investment in the Wyong Employment Zone by resolving infrastructure contributions and biodiversity offsets, including finalising biodiversity certification in the zone.  Initiative   Council   DPE, OEH  Short term 

1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
2 Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

 

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services


3 Action  Initiative or strategy Governance
   
Responsibility1
Partner2
Timing
3.1  Promote growth and renewal in centres by providing planning controls that create the right conditions for this to occur.  Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing 
3.2  Harness opportunities for business investment and employment by leveraging major public transport investment and projects.  Strategy  Council  DISRD, TfNSW  Ongoing
3.3  Establish the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors as key locations for economic development, residential growth and investment in health, education, research, knowledge-based industries, professional services, sport and leisure, agribusiness, food manufacturing, high-tech manufacturing and clean technologies.  Initiative  Council  DPE  Immediate
3.4  Leverage the existing University of Newcastle and the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah to drive innovation and specialisation in the region.  Strategy  Council  University of Newcastle, TfNSW  Ongoing
3.5 Capitalise on the region’s location and coastline to enhance the visitor economy with a focus on events-based tourism and update planning controls.  Strategy  Council  Destination NSW  Ongoing
3.6  Collaborate with Council and industry to prepare industry-specific planning strategies for priority economic sectors.  Initiative  DPE  Council  Short term 
3.7  Create a centre of innovation through plans that build on the specialisation in food manufacturing.   Initiative  Council  DISRD  Short term
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner Timing 
4.1  Enhance the competitive value of the region by encouraging business and employment activities that leverage the major inter-regional transport connections to Sydney and the Hunter regions.  Strategy Council  TfNSW, DPE Ongoing
4.2 Strengthen inter-regional connections for business by linking the growth corridors with the M1 Pacific Motorway and rail corridor for the efficient and productive movement of freight and people.  Strategy Council TfNSW, RMS Ongoing
4.3 Alleviate pinch points in the road network to improve freight and passenger access to improve intra-regional connectivity.  Initiative  Council RMS, DPE, TfNSW Short term
4.4 Improve connections between residential and employment areas, including opportunities to better use public transport, walking and cycling modes.  Strategy Council DPE, TfNSW, RMS Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services


5 Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
      Responsibility Partner Timing 
5.1  Maintain an adequate supply of employment land that is appropriately serviced to respond to changing land use, location and the floor space demands of industry.  Strategy  Council  DPE Ongoing
5.2 Locate large-scale industrial uses, freight, manufacturing and logistics businesses near freight routes and the M1 Pacific Motorway interchanges at Somersby, Tuggerah and Warnervale.  Strategy Council DPE Ongoing
5.3 Enable the development of new industrial land and coordinate infrastructure delivery through collaboration between State and local government and infrastructure providers.   Strategy Council DPE, Infrastructure providers Ongoing
5.4 Protect employment land in suburbs across the region to provide local services and employment.   Strategy Council DPE Ongoing
5.5 Monitor the supply of employment land and infrastructure servicing via the Employment Land Development Monitor.  Initiative  DPE  Council Immediate 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
6 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner Timing 
6.1  Collaborate with the Central Coast Council and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to strategically assess the Land Council’s landholdings and identify priority sites to create a pipeline of projects.  Initiative  DPE Darkinjung LALC, Crown Lands, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, Council  Immediate 
6.2 Incorporate the outcome of the assessment into a revised North Wyong Shire Structure Plan.  Initiative  DPE Darkinjung LALC, Council  Immediate
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
7 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
7.1  Facilitate economic development that will lead to more local employment opportunities on the Central Coast.  Strategy  Council DISRD Ongoing
7.2

Update the Regional Economic Development and Employment Strategy to identify strategies and actions to:

  • support priority economic sectors; and 
  • identify new economic employment opportunities for the region, including sectors for which residents currently commute outside the region.
Initiative DPE Council, DISRD, DPC Short term
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

Goal 2 - Protect the natural environment and manage the use of agricultural and resource lands


Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
8.1  Protect the Central Coast’s scenic amenity by planning for development that respects the distinct qualities of different places.  Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing 
8.2 Identify and protect heritage values to minimise the impact of urban growth and development, and to recognise its contribution to the character and landscape of the region.    Strategy Council DPE, OEH Ongoing
8.3 Complete cultural landscape mapping and implement the findings through appropriate local planning controls. 
Initiative Council DPE, OEH Short term
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2 Timing 
9.1  Identify important agricultural land that is suitable for agricultural enterprises and protect it from incompatible development.  Strategy  DISRD DPE, Council Ongoing
9.2 Manage Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land and other important agricultural land as locations for agricultural activities and complementary uses.   Strategy  Council DISRD Ongoing
9.3 Facilitate the supply chain, including infrastructure, distribution, processing facilities, and research and development.  Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
9.4 Protect the region’s wellbeing and prosperity through increased biosecurity measures.  Strategy DISRD Council Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

10  Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
10.1  Plan for the ongoing productive use of lands with regionally significant construction material resources in locations with established infrastructure and resource accessibility.  Strategy  Council  DISRD  Ongoing
10.2 Ensure that longer term extractive resources are not sterilised and minimise impacts on communities and the environment.   Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
10.3 Ensure development in the north of the region takes account of the extraction of coal, clay and gravel resources.  Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
10.4 Develop land use plans that respond to the lifecycle of mineral and energy resources to enable all stakeholders to better understand the long term productive value of the land and provide greater certainty for adjoining land uses.  Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
10.5 Manage the ongoing use of mineral resources and provide access to up-to-date information about these resources through the NSW Government Common Ground website and its Geoscientific Data Warehouse.  Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
11 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner Timing 
11.1 Identify and protect intensive agriculture clusters in local plans to avoid land use conflicts, particularly with residential and rural-residential expansion.
Initiative  Council DISRD, DPE  Short term 
11.2 Encourage niche commercial, tourist and recreation activities that complement and promote a stronger agricultural sector, as well as build capacity to adapt to changing circumstances.  Strategy  Council DPE, DISRD Ongoing
11.3 Address land use needs west of the M1 Pacific Motorway to provide integrated and adaptable outcomes for natural assets, productive lands and rural lifestyles.   Initiative  DPE Council, DISRD Immediate
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

12  Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
12.1 Identify terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity values and protect areas of high environmental value to sustain the lifestyle, economic success and environmental health of the region.  Strategy  Council DPE, OEH, DISRD Ongoing
12.2 Identify and strengthen biodiversity corridors as places for priority biodiversity offsets.  Initiative  OEH Council, DPE, DISRD Short term
12.3 Undertake a precinct approach to biodiversity offsetting in northern Wyong to protect riparian corridors and terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity and achieve the conservation and development objectives of the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan.  Initiative Council DPE, OEH, DISRD Short term
12.4  Strengthen the Coastal Open Space System by expanding its links and extending new corridors to balance growth in the north of the region and protect the network of natural areas across the region.   Strategy Council DPE, OEH Ongoing
12.5 Sensitively manage natural areas on the fringe of the urban areas and in the west of the region to mitigate land use incompatibility issues and provide important quality of life and tourism benefits for the region.  Strategy Council DPE Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
13 Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
   
Responsibility1
Partner2
Timing
13.1  Protect water catchments to sustain high quality and dependable water supplies across the region.   Strategy  Council DISRD, DPE Ongoing
13.2 Effectively manage surface and ground water use in agricultural areas to support ecosystem function, food production and cater for the increasing demand of urban communities and industry.   Strategy  DISRD  DISRD, Council Ongoing
13.3 Incorporate water sensitive design into development that is likely to have an adverse impact on coastal water catchments, water quality and flows.
Strategy Council DPE, DISRD Ongoing
13.4 Plan for the security of the region’s water supply.   Strategy  DISRD Council Ongoing
13.5  Implement catchment-based plans for the ongoing sustainable management and health of estuaries in the region.   Initiative  Local Land Services Councils, DISRD Medium term
13.6 Apply neutral or beneficial water quality objectives to land use planning in surface and groundwater drinking catchments to minimise the effects of development on waterways including watercourses, wetlands, groundwater dependent ecosystems, riparian lands, estuaries, lakes, beaches and marine waters.  Strategy Council DPE, DISRD Ongoing
13.7 Plan new development to reduce the risk of introduction or spread of aquatic pests and diseases on fisheries and aquaculture industry practices.  Strategy Council DISRD Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
14 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance 
   
Responsibility1  Partner2 Timing 
14.1  Manage the risks of climate change and improve the region’s resilience to hazards such as flooding, coastal erosion, bushfire, mine subsidence and land contamination.
Strategy  Council DPE, OEH, RFS, MSB
Ongoing 
14.2  Review and update floodplain risk and coastal management programs to manage flood risk and protect the coast, particularly where urban growth is being investigated.   Initiative Council OEH, DISRD Short term 
14.3 Incorporate new knowledge on regional climate projections and related cumulative impacts in local plans for new urban development.   Strategy  Council DPE, OEH, DISRD  Ongoing 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

Goal 3 - Well-connected communities and attractive lifestyles


15 Action  Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1 Partner2  Timing 
15.1 Create a well-planned, functional and compact settlement pattern around existing urban and employment areas, the Warnervale-Wadalba release area, the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors, existing rural villages and sites included in an endorsed local strategy.  Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing
15.2 Ensure the settlement pattern responds to settlement planning principles and does not encroach on sensitive land uses.  Strategy  Council  DPE Ongoing
15.3 Plan for communities to be better connected by an integrated transport system that prioritises safe walking, cycling and public transport.
Strategy  Council  DPE, TfNSW, RMS Ongoing
15.4 Investigate options to improve public transport services and better link centres, corridors and growth areas.  Initiative  DPE, Council  DPE, TfNSW, RMS Short term
15.5 Link communities with centres, employment areas, the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors, and greater open space and recreation opportunities.  Strategy  Council  DPE, TfNSW Ongoing
15.6  Deliver settlement planning principles and a local planning toolkit to assist Council in implementing the Plan.  Initiative  DPE  Council Immediate
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

16 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2 Timing 
16.1  Improve access to and through centres to support and encourage redevelopment  Strategy  Council  DPE, TfNSW, RMS  Ongoing 
16.2 Enhance the network of centres by encouraging business and infrastructure investment in centres and planning for attractive mixed use places that respond to the character and role of the centre.
Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing
16.3 Protect the function of centres and ensure local environmental plans include appropriate controls to limit retail activity outside planned centres. 
Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

17  Action  Initiative or strategy
Governance
      Responsibility1  Partner Timing 
17.1 Align land use and infrastructure planning to maximise the use and capacity of existing infrastructure, and the efficiency of new infrastructure.  Strategy  Council DPE, Infrastructure providers  Ongoing 
17.2  Identify sites in partnership with the infrastructure providers for health, education, emergency services, energy production and supply, waste disposal, cemeteries and crematoria.  Initiative  Council  DPE, Infrastructure providers Short term
17.3  Protect infrastructure corridors and sites, including inter-regional transport routes such as the M1 Pacific Motorway, railway and water supply systems.   Strategy  Council DPE, TfNSW Ongoing
17.4  Coordinate the delivery of infrastructure to support the timely and efficient release of land for development, including inter-regional infrastructure and service delivery issues in the growing areas of Warnervale, Bushells Ridge and Wyee.   Strategy  Council DPE, Lake Macquarie City Council, Infrastructure providers  Ongoing 
17.5   Ensure new and intensified development is serviced by enabling and supporting infrastructure, that it contributes to the associated cost and that development which occurs outside of sequencing pays a greater proportion of infrastructure costs.  Strategy  Council DPE, TfNSW Ongoing
17.6  Review development contributions in the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan area, incorporating Special Infrastructure Contributions Plans for the Wyong Employment Zone and Warnervale Town Centre.  Initiative  DPE Council Immediate
17.7  Prepare a sequencing plan for the release of land in growth corridors and the Warnervale-Wadalba release area that coordinates with infrastructure planning.  Initiative  DPE Council, TfNSW
Immediate 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

18 Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner Timing
18.1  Facilitate Council-led revitalisation of centres to integrate land use and transport planning, improve the quality of the public domain and encourage ecologically sustainable development.  Strategy Council DPE, TfNSW
 
Ongoing 
18.2  Undertake planning and place-making for main streets and centres.  Strategy  Council DPE  Ongoing
18.3  Enhance the amenity and attractiveness of existing places.  Strategy  Council DPE Ongoing
18.4  Review and update neighbourhood planning principles in partnership with Council, community and industry representatives.   Initiative  DPE Council Short term
18.5  Implement strategies to invest in open space, sporting and recreational infrastructure.   Strategy  Council DPE Ongoing
18.6  Work with Council to support initiatives that allow people to age positively on the Central Coast.
Strategy  Council DPE Ongoing
18.7 Implement health and active living strategies in local plans.  Strategy  Council DPE, NSW Health Ongoing
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

Goal 4 - A variety of housing choice to suit needs and lifestyles

19  Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
19.1  Release land for housing and employment in the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan area to align with the delivery of local and State infrastructure.  Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing 
19.2  Review development controls to accelerate housing supply.   Initiative  Council  DPE  Short term 
19.3  Monitor land and housing delivery and accelerate housing supply to meet a projected housing demand of 41,500 additional dwellings by 2036.
Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing 
19.4  Monitor land and housing supply through an urban development program.  Initiative  DPE  Council  Immediate 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

20 Action Initiative or strategy
Governance
      Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
20.1  Improve housing choice by supporting housing delivery in and near the growth corridors and local centres.  Strategy  Council  DPE  Ongoing 
20.2  Promote renewal opportunities in other local centres that have good accessibility and can support small-scale renewal.  Initiative  Council  DPE  Short term 
20.3  Implement policies, plans and investment options that will support greater housing diversity in centres.
Initiative  Council  DPE  Short term 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

21 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2  Timing 
21.1  Provide greater housing choice by delivering diverse housing, lot types and sizes, including small-lot housing in infill and greenfield housing locations.  Strategy  Council DPE Ongoing
21.2 Review trends in weekend, seasonal and aged housing and the impact this has on housing and services.  Initiative  Council DPE  Short term 
21.3  Implement changes to address the housing needs of older people, students and seasonal populations.  Initiative  Council DPE Short term
21.4  Encourage housing diversity including studio, and one and two-bedroom dwellings, to match forecast changes in household sizes and provide greater housing choice.  Strategy  Council DPE Ongoing
21.5  Identify the discrete housing needs of each community, including for social and affordable housing, and develop appropriate planning responses.  Initiative  Council DPE, DFACS Short term
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services
22 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1  Partner2 Timing 
22.1  Coordinate infrastructure delivery to support the North Wyong Structure Plan release areas.   Strategy  Council  DPE, TfNSW Ongoing 
22.2  Review fringe urban zonings to identify areas suitable for urban development.  Initiative  Council  DPE  Short term 
1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services

23 Action Initiative or strategy 
Governance
   
Responsibility1 Partner2 Timing
23.1 

Include guidance in local land use strategies for expanding rural villages and rural-residential development so that future rural-residential development will: 

  • not impact on strategic or important agricultural land, energy, mineral or extractive resource viability or biodiversity values; 
  • not impact on drinking water catchments;  
  • not result in greater natural hazard risk; 
  • occur on land that is unlikely to be needed for urban development; 
  • contribute to the conservation of important biodiversity values or the establishment of important corridor linkages; and 
  • facilitate expansion of existing and new tourism development activities in agricultural or resource lands and related industries across the region. 
Strategy  Council DPE, DISRD Ongoing

1 Responsibility: Indicates who leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning. 
Partner: Indicates who supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning. 

Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3–5 years, medium term: 5–10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies

DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TFNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD – Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development CCRDC: Central Coast Regional Development Corporation; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; DFACS: Department of Family and Community Services; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council; RMS: Roads and Maritime Services



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