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Implementation Plan

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

The North Coast region consists of twelve local government areas: Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca, Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings. 

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

  • The most stunning environment in NSW;
  • A thriving, interconnected economy;
  • Vibrant and engaged communities; and 
  • Great housing choice and lifestyle options.
The NSW Government has established a dedicated new body, the North Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee, to oversee implementation of the vision, goals and actions in the Regional Plan. An annual monitoring report will be prepared to outline progress against the implementation plan.

Purpose 

Responsibility for implementing actions and monitoring the intended outcomes in the Regional Plan is shared with our important regional stakeholders, including Councils, 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 North 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

The Regional Plan comprises four goals, 25 directions and 80 actions. 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 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 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 vision and guiding principles of the Regional Plan;
  • Integrated planning and reporting under the Local Government Act 1993; and
  • Whole-of-government policy alignment.
Progress on delivering these actions will be reviewed as part of any review or adjustment to the Regional Plan.

Initiatives:

  • Matters that require partnership between Councils 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.

Priorities for the North Coast are economic and jobs growth, greater 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.

Seven priority actions have been identified for implementation in 2017–2019. 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 North Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee and will require a collaborative effort involving multiple agencies, councils and stakeholders. They are: 

  1. Prepare action plans for regional cities to support and manage growth.
  2. Integrate cross-border land use planning between NSW and South East Queensland and remove barriers to economic, housing and jobs growth.
  3. Deliver a consistent management approach to important farmland across the region by updating the Northern Rivers Farmland Protection Project (2005) and Mid North Coast Farmland Mapping Project (2008).
  4. Review areas identified as ‘under investigation’ within urban growth areas to identify and map sites of potentially high environmental value and areas of Aboriginal and historic heritage.
  5. Prepare land release criteria to assess appropriate locations for future residential, commercial and industrial uses. 
  6. Deliver best practice guidelines for planning, designing and developing healthy built environments that respond to our ageing demographic and subtropical climate.
  7. Ensure employment and housing land delivery is maintained through an annual North Coast Housing and Land Monitor.

Effective governance arrangements are critical to successful delivery

Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee

The North 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 North 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
  • A representative from each Local Council Joint Organisation
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development
  • Transport for NSW

 

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. A steering committee for each of the regional city action plans will be established that will report to the North Coast Delivery, Coordination and Monitoring Committee.

 

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 North 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 North Coast Councils. 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.

 

north coast regional governance framework

 

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 Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers Regional Transport Plans.



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 growth and infrastructure. It is anticipated that these strategies will complement the focus of the Regional Plan.

 

Review mechanisms

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. The report will also include an annual update of the Urban Growth Area maps. 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

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

The priorities identified in this Implementation Plan will be updated on an annual basis and will form the work program for each subsequent year. This will ensure that implementation of the Regional Plan remains current and responsive to regional conditions.

 

Action Governance
Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing
1.1 Focus future urban development to mapped urban growth areas.
Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy
1.2 Review areas identified as ‘under investigation’ within urban growth areas to identify and map sites of potentially high environmental value. OEH, Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy
1.3 Identify residential, commercial or industrial uses in urban growth areas by developing local growth management strategies endorsed by the Department of Planning and Environment. Councils
DPE

Ongoing

strategy

1.4 Prepare land release criteria to assess appropriate locations for future residential, commercial and industrial uses. DPE
Councils Immediate initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
2.1 Focus development to areas of least biodiversity sensitivity in the region and implement the ‘avoid, minimise, offset’ hierarchy to biodiversity, including areas of high environmental value.
Councils DPE, OEH Ongoing strategy
2.2 Ensure local plans manage marine environments, water catchment areas and groundwater sources to avoid potential development impacts.
Councils
DPE, OEH, DISRD Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 
Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
3.1 Reduce the risk from natural hazards, including the projected effects of climate change, by identifying, avoiding and managing vulnerable areas and hazards.
Councils DPE, OEH Ongoing strategy
3.2 Review and update floodplain risk, bushfire and coastal management mapping to manage risk, particularly where urban growth is being investigated. Councils DPE, OEH Long-term initiative
3.3 Incorporate new knowledge on regional climate projections and related cumulative impacts in local plans for new urban development. Councils DPE, OEH Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
4.1 Diversify the energy sector by identifying renewable energy resource precincts and infrastructure corridors with access to the electricity network. OEH DPE, Councils, DISRD Ongoing strategy
4.2 Enable appropriate smaller-scale renewable energy projects using bio-waste, solar, wind, small-scale hydro, geothermal or other innovative storage technologies. OEH DPE, Councils, DISRD
Ongoing strategy
4.3 Promote appropriate smaller and community-scale renewable energy projects. OEH
DPE, Councils, DISRD
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
5.1 Collaborate on regional and intra-regional housing and employment land delivery, and industry development.
Councils DPE, OEH, DISRD Ongoing strategy
5.2 Integrate cross-border land use planning between NSW and South East Queensland, and remove barriers to economic, housing and jobs growth. DPE DPC, Councils, TfNSW Immediate initiative
5.3 Encourage ongoing cooperation and land use planning between the City of Gold Coast and Tweed Shire Council. DPE Councils Long term initiative
5.4 Prepare a regional economic development strategy that drives economic growth opportunities by identifying key enabling infrastructure and other policy interventions to unlock growth. DISRD DPC, Councils Short term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 

 

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
6.1 Facilitate economic activity around industry anchors such as health, education and airport facilities by considering new infrastructure needs and introducing planning controls that encourage clusters of related activity. Councils DPE, NSW Health, Universities, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
6.2 Promote knowledge industries by applying flexible planning controls, providing business park development opportunities and identifying opportunities for start-up industries. Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy
6.3 Reinforce centres through local growth management strategies and local environmental plans as primary mixed-use locations for commerce, housing, tourism, social activity and regional services. Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy
6.4 Focus retail and commercial activities in existing centres and develop place–making focused planning strategies for centres. Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy
6.5 Promote and enable an appropriate mix of land uses and prevent the encroachment of sensitive uses on employment land through local planning controls. Councils
DPE, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
6.6 Deliver an adequate supply of employment land through local growth management strategies and local environmental plans to support jobs growth. Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy
6.7 Ensure employment land delivery is maintained through an annual North Coast Housing and Land Monitor. DPE Councils Immediate initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing

7.1 Prepare action plans for regional cities that:

  • ensure planning provisions promote employment growth and greater housing diversity;
  • promote new job opportunities that complement existing employment nodes around existing education, health and airport precincts;
  • identify infrastructure constraints and public domain improvements that can make areas more attractive for investment; and
  • deliver infrastructure and coordinate the most appropriate staging and sequencing of development.
DPE Coffs Harbour, Tweed, Port Macquarie –Hastings and Lismore councils, TfNSW, DISRD
Immediate initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
8.1 Facilitate appropriate large-scale tourism developments in prime tourism development areas such as Tweed Heads, Tweed Coast, Ballina, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Councils DPE Ongoing strategy
8.2 Facilitate tourism and visitor accommodation and supporting land uses in coastal and rural hinterland locations through local growth management strategies and local environmental plans. Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy

8.3 Prepare destination management plans or other tourism focused strategies that:

  • identify culturally appropriate Aboriginal tourism opportunities;
  • encourage tourism development in natural areas that support conservation outcomes; and
  • strategically plan for a growing international tourism market.
Councils
DPE, AANSW, DISRD
Medium term initiative
8.4 Promote opportunities to expand visitation to regionally significant nature-based tourism places, such as Ellenborough Falls, Dorrigo National Park, Wollumbin–Mount Warning National Park, Iluka Nature Reserve and Yuraygir Coastal Walk. OEH DPE, Councils
Medium term initiative
8.5 Preserve the region’s existing tourist and visitor accommodation by directing permanent residential accommodation away from tourism developments, except where it is ancillary to existing tourism developments or part of an area otherwise identified for urban expansion in an endorsed local growth management strategy. Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
9.1 Enhance the competitive value of the region by encouraging business and employment activities that leverage major inter-regional transport connections, such as the Pacific Highway, to South East Queensland and the Hunter. Councils DPE, DISRD, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
9.2 Identify buffer and mitigation measures to minimise the impact of development on regionally significant transport infrastructure including regional and state road network and rail corridors. Councils
DPE, TfNSW, Infrastructure Providers Ongoing strategy

9.3 Ensure the effective management of the State and regional road network by:

  • preventing development directly adjoining the Pacific Highway;
  • preventing additional direct ‘at grade’ access to motorway-class sections of the Pacific Highway;
  • locating highway service centres on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah, Ballina, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey and Port Macquarie,approved by the Department of Planning and Environment and Roads and Maritime Services; and
  • identifying strategic sites for major road freight transport facilities.
Councils
DPE, TfNSW Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
10.1 Deliver airport precinct plans for Ballina–Byron, Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie that capitalise on opportunities to diversify and maximise the potential of value-adding industries close to airports. Councils DPE, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
10.2 Consider airport-related employment opportunities and precincts that can capitalise on the expansion proposed around Gold Coast Airport. Councils
DPE, TfNSW
Ongoing strategy
10.3 Protect the North Coast Rail Line and high-speed rail corridor to ensure network opportunities are not sterilised by incompatible land uses or land fragmentation. TfNSW DPE, Councils Ongoing strategy
10.4 Provide public transport where the size of the urban area has the potential to generate sufficient demand. TfNSW DPE, Councils
Ongoing strategy
10.5 Deliver a safe and efficient transport network to serve future release areas. Councils
DPE, TfNSW
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 
Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
11.1 Enable the growth of the agricultural sector by directing urban and rural residential development away from important farmland and identifying locations to support existing and small-lot primary production, such as horticulture in Coffs Harbour. Councils DPE, DISRD Ongoing strategy
11.2 Deliver a consistent management approach to important farmland across the region by updating the Northern Rivers Farmland Protection Project (2005) and Mid North Coast Farmland Mapping Project (2008). DISRD Councils, DPE Immediate initiative
11.3 Identify and protect intensive agriculture clusters in local plans to avoid land use conflicts, particularly with residential and rural residential expansion. Councils
Councils Ongoing strategy
11.4 Encourage niche commercial, tourist and recreation activities that complement and promote a stronger agricultural sector, and build the sector’s capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. Councils
DPE, DISRD Ongoing strategy
11.5 Address sector-specific considerations for agricultural industries through local plans.
Councils
DPE, DISRD
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 
Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
12.1 Promote the expansion of food and fibre production, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, freight and logistics, and processing through flexible planning provisions in local growth management strategies and local environmental plans. Councils DPE, DISRD Ongoing strategy
12.2 Encourage the co-location of intensive primary industries, such as feedlots and compatible processing activities. Councils
DPE, DISRD
Ongoing strategy
12.3 Examine options for agribusiness to leverage proximity from the Gold Coast and Brisbane West Wellcamp airports. Councils
DPE, TfNSW, DISRD Ongoing strategy
12.4 Facilitate investment in the agricultural supply chain by protecting assets, including freight and logistics facilities, from land use conflicts arising from the encroachment of incompatible land uses. Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy

 

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2 Timing3
13.1 Enable the development of the region’s natural, mineral and forestry resources by directing to suitable locations land uses such as residential development that are sensitive to impacts from noise, dust and light interference. Councils DPE, DISRD Ongoing strategy
13.2 Plan for the ongoing productive use of lands with regionally significant construction material resources in locations with established infrastructure and resource accessibility. Councils
DPE, DISRD
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
14.1 Prepare precinct plans in growth areas, such as Kingscliff, or centres bypassed by the Pacific Highway, such as Woodburn and Grafton, to guide development and establish appropriate land use zoning, development standards and developer contributions. Councils DPE Medium term initiative
14.2 Deliver precinct plans that are consistent with the Precinct Plan Guidelines (Appendix C). Councils
DPE
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
15.1 Deliver best-practice guidelines for planning, designing and developing healthy built environments that respond to the ageing demographic and subtropical climate. DPE Councils, TfNSW Immediate initiative
15.2 Facilitate more recreational walking and cycling paths and expand inter-regional and intra-regional walking and cycling links, including the NSW Coastline Cycleway. Councils DPE, TfNSW Short term initiative
15.3 Implement actions and invest in boating infrastructure priorities identified in regional boating plans to improve boating safety, boat storage and waterway access. TfNSW   Short term initiative
15.4 Create socially inclusive communities by establishing social infrastructure benchmarks, minimum standards and social impact assessment frameworks within local planning. Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy
15.5 Deliver crime prevention through environmental design outcomes through urban design processes. Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

 
Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
16.1 Develop partnerships with Aboriginal communities to facilitate engagement during the planning process, including the development of engagement protocols. Councils DPE, AANSW, LALC Ongoing strategy
16.2 Ensure Aboriginal communities are engaged throughout the preparation of local growth management strategies and local environmental plans. Councils
DPE, AANSW, LALC
Short term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
17.1 Deliver opportunities to increase the economic independence of Aboriginal communities through training, employment and tourism. AANSW Councils, LALC, DPE Medium term initiative
17.2 Foster closer cooperation with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to identify the unique potential and assets of the North Coast communities. Councils DPE, AANSW, LALC Ongoing strategy
17.3 Identify priority sites with economic development potential that Local Aboriginal Land Councils may wish to consider for further investigation. DPE Councils, LALC, AANSW Short term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
18.1 Ensure Aboriginal objects and places are protected, managed and respected in accordance with legislative requirements and the wishes of local Aboriginal communities. Councils DPE, AANSW, OEH, LALC Ongoing strategy
18.2 Undertake Aboriginal cultural heritage assessments to inform the design of planning and development proposals so that impacts to Aboriginal cultural heritage are minimised and appropriate heritage management mechanisms are identified. Councils
DPE, AANSW, OEH, LALC
Medium term initiative
18.3 Develop local heritage studies in consultation with the local Aboriginal community, and adopt appropriate measures in planning strategies and local plans to protect Aboriginal heritage. Councils
DPE, AANSW, OEH, LALC
Medium term initiative
18.4 Prepare maps to identify sites of Aboriginal heritage in ‘investigation’ areas, where culturally appropriate, to inform planning strategies and local plans to protect Aboriginal heritage. OEH DPE, AANSW, Councils, LALC Immediate initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
19.1 Ensure best-practice guidelines are considered such as the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Charter for Places of Cultural Significance and the NSW Heritage Manual when assessing heritage significance. Councils DPE, OEH Ongoing strategy
19.2 Prepare, review and update heritage studies in consultation with the wider community to identify and protect historic heritage items, and include appropriate local planning controls.
Councils
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy
19.3 Deliver the adaptive or sympathetic use of heritage items and assets.
Councils
DPE, OEH
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
20.1 Deliver new high-quality development that protects the distinct character of the North Coast, consistent with the North Coast Urban Design Guidelines (2009) Councils DPE Ongoing strategy
20.2 Review the North Coast Urban Design Guidelines (2009).
DPE Councils Medium term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
21.1 Undertake detailed infrastructure service planning to support proposals for new major release areas. Councils DPE, TfNSW Ongoing strategy
21.2 Maximise the cost-effective and efficient use of infrastructure by directing development towards existing infrastructure or promoting the co-location of new infrastructure. 
Councils
DPE, TfNSW
Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
22.1 Deliver an appropriate supply of residential land within local growth management strategies and local plans to meet the region’s projected housing needs. Councils DPE Ongoing strategy

22.2 Facilitate housing and accommodation options for temporary
residents by:

  • preparing planning guidelines for seasonal and itinerant workers accommodation to inform the location and design of future facilities; and
  • working with councils to consider opportunities to permit such facilities through local environmental plans.
DPE Councils Medium term initiative
22.3 Monitor the supply of residential land and housing through the North Coast Housing and Land Monitor.
DPE Councils Short term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
23.1 Encourage housing diversity by delivering 40 per cent of new housing in the form of dual occupancies, apartments, townhouses, villas or dwellings on lots less than 400 square metres, by 2036. Councils DPE Ongoing strategy
23.2 Develop local growth management strategies to respond to changing housing needs, including household and demographic changes, and support initiatives to increase ageing in place.
Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing

24.1 Facilitate the delivery of well-planned rural residential housing areas by:

  • identifying new rural residential areas in a local growth management strategy or rural residential land release strategy endorsed by the Department of Planning and Environment; and
  • ensure that such proposals are consistent with the Settlement Planning Guidelines: Mid and Far North Coast Regional Strategies (2007) or land release criteria (once finalised).
Councils DPE Ongoing strategy
24.2 Enable sustainable use of the region’s sensitive coastal strip by ensuring new rural residential areas are located outside the coastal strip, unless already identified in a local growth management strategy or rural residential land release strategy endorsed by the Department of Planning and Environment.
Councils
DPE Ongoing strategy

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Action Governance
  Responsibility1 Partners2  Timing
25.1 Deliver more opportunities for affordable housing by incorporating policies and tools into local growth management strategies and local planning controls that will enable a greater variety of housing types and incentivise private investment in affordable housing. Councils DPE Ongoing strategy
25.2 Prepare guidelines for local housing strategies that will provide guidance on planning for local affordable housing needs. DPE Councils  Short term initiative

1 Responsibility: Indicates which organisation leads the investigation, assessment and decision-making for land use planning.
2 Partner: Indicates which organisation supports the lead and takes an active role in land use planning.
3 Timing: immediate: 0-2 years, short term: 3-5 years, medium term: 5-10 years, long term: 10+ years, ongoing – strategies AANSW: Aboriginal Affairs NSW; DPE: Department of Planning and Environment; TfNSW: Transport for NSW; DISRD: Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development; DPC: Department of Premier and Cabinet; OEH: Office of Environment and Heritage; LALC: Local Aboriginal Land Council.

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