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  • Step 1 Preparing the plan

    The Draft North Coast Regional Plan is underpinned by a strong evidence base. Data and evidence was gathered and analysed about population growth and change, the regional economy, the housing and employment markets, the location of important environmental and resource areas and natural hazards.

    Background research that has informed the draft Plan can be found under resources.

  • Step 2 Plan on exhibition 

    The Draft North Coast Regional Plan, was on exhibition from 2 March 2016 to 2 June 2016.


    The draft plan outlines goals for the region including:

    • To protect the environment, as well as Aboriginal and historic heritage, and productive farmland
    • To provide great places to live in vibrant communities by offering housing choices in the three regional cities
    • To provide housing to meet the changing demographic needs of the North Coast's communities
    • To create a prosperous economy by focusing the provision of job opportunities in the growing sectors of health, education and tourism
    • To improve transport connectivity and freight networks.
  • Step 3 Submission review period

    There was considerable community interest in the Draft North Coast Regional Plan during the feedback period which closed on 2 June, 2016. 

    The Department of Planning and Environment has received submissions from North Coast residents and other community representatives including local councils, community groups, and peak bodies. The feedback received throughout the consultation period will inform the finalisation of the plans. Department staff are currently 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 released.  

  • Step 4 Plan approved

    This stage means that we have finalised our plan and we are now working with all stakeholders to implement it.