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The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 aims to build a strong economy capable of generating jobs, providing greater housing choice, essential infrastructure, lively centres for shopping, entertainment and dining, and protecting the natural environment.

 

Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 review

Warnervale Airport is owned by Central Coast Council. The Warnervale Airport (Restrictions) Act 1996 (the Act) imposes restrictions on the future development and operation of the airport.

 

A review of the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act 1996 is being undertaken by Abigail Goldberg with support from aviation specialist Peter Fiegehen. The objective of the review is to reduce uncertainty created by the activation of the ‘flight movement restriction’ provisions of the Act.

 

Abigail Goldberg has extensive experience in infrastructure, resources, urban planning and transport both in Australia and overseas. She is the Chair of Ryde and Willoughby Local Planning Panels and an Associate to UTS’ Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and has been an Advisor for a range of Government agencies including NSW Treasury and Infrastructure NSW.

 

Peter Fiegehen is a Director of the Pacific Region for the Air Traffic Control Association and has international experience in corporate, government and defence aviation industries. He is a qualified subject matter expert in airport management.

 

The review will look at the Airport’s operations under the Act and assess how the airport should be regulated into the future. It will consider a wide array of aspects, including its provision for flight movements and runway length, to how the airport is run and how well the Act interacts with other legislation.

 

While the review will consider the impact of the Act, commercial decisions about the Airport are a matter for Central Coast Council as its owner.

 

View the Terms of Reference for the review on the planning portal.

 

Darkinjung Delivery Framework 

The NSW Government has released the Darkinjung Delivery Framework (Framework), a set of pioneering planning measures to assist the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Darkinjung) better utilise its land.

 

The Framework is the NSW Government’s response to the notion Darkinjung, like all Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs), faces a number of issues securing suitable uses for its land – land it has successfully claimed under the Aboriginal Land Rights (ALR) Act, 1983 (NSW).

 

The ALR Act was passed by the NSW Parliament to establish a network of ALCs to acquire and manage land as an economic base for Aboriginal communities, as compensation for historic dispossession and in recognition of their ongoing disadvantage.

 

Darkinjung is one of 120 ALCs in NSW established under the ALR Act.

 

The measures align the planning system more sympathetically with the ALR Act, stimulating improved governance, empowerment, strategic planning and more efficient land use.

 

The Framework also implements Direction 6 of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 (Regional Plan) “to strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities”.

 

The Regional Plan recognises that encouraging Aboriginal people to gain economic benefit from their land will support broader regional development and environmental and social outcomes.

 

The Framework is a pilot with potential for extension to other ALCs to benefit Aboriginal communities across NSW.

Darkinjung is the largest non-Government landholder on the Central Coast, so it is an ideal  test case for such sweeping planning reform with the potential to be extended state-wide.

 

The Framework package includes:

  • A State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019 (SEPP): A statutory planning framework to enable the preparation of development delivery plans for land owned by LALCs.
  • A Ministerial Direction (Development of Aboriginal Land Council land): A direction enabling development delivery plans or interim development delivery plans to be considered in the preparation of planning proposals.
  • A Planning Circular PS 19-003: An independent review of planning proposals for Aboriginal Land Council land: Formal guidance that will give LALCs the opportunity for an independent body to give advice on planning proposals for land subject to a development delivery plan or an interim development delivery plan, that is shown in the SEPP.
  • The Interim Darkinjung Development Delivery Plan (DDDP): A strategic plan of identified Darkinjung priority sites for development. It is the first interim development delivery plan that will be given effect under the new Ministerial Direction. 

 

View the Interim Plan

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): An agreement between the NSW Government and Darkinjung that sets out how the organisations will work together to create the pipeline of Darkinjung development projects.

For further information regarding the Darkinjung Delivery Framework please read the frequently asked questions.

 

Read the frequently asked questions

A Darkinjung Delivery Framework Consultation Paper outlining the inter-related measures - including an explanation of intended effect of the SEPP - received overwhelming support when exhibited from 16 November to 14 December 2018.

 

View the Consultation Paper

Local Planning Panel for the Central Coast

A Local Planning Panel (LPP) will be implemented on the Central Coast to bring greater expertise, transparency and accountability to local planning decisions.

 

LPPs are panels comprising two independent experts, a community member and a chair who make decisions on sensitive, complex and high-value development applications made to local councils.

 

The establishment of an LPP for the Central Coast was a recommendation from the independent review of governance in the NSW planning system by former NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas.

 

The review recognised the positive feedback and overall effectiveness of mandatory LPPs – formerly known as IHAPs (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) – in metropolitan Sydney and Wollongong and recommended the Department consider extending LPPs to the Central Coast and Newcastle.

 

A Central Coast LPP is expected to be in place by early 2020 and will consist of a chair and two independent experts appointed by Council from a Minister-endorsed pool of independent, qualified people, plus a community representative.

 

More information about LPPs.

 

For more information about the Central Coast LPP contact Andrew Roach at Central Coast Council.

 

Central Coast Regional Plan 2036

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20–year blueprint for the future of the Central Coast.

The vision

Our vision is to create a region with a healthy natural environment, a flourishing economy, and well-connected communities.

 

We’ll deliver our vision through four goals:

  • a prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home
  • protection for the natural environment and careful, sustainable management of agricultural and resource lands
  • well-connected communities and attractive lifestyles
  • a range of housing choices to suit needs and lifestyles.

 

View the Coast Regional Plan 2036

Central Coast Implementation Plan 2018-2020

 

The Central Coast Regional Implementation Plan 2018-2020 has been released that sets out exactly how the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 will continue to deliver jobs, housing, conservation planning and revitalisation for the region over the next two years.

 

For more details visit Delivering the Plan page.

 

View the Implementation Plan 2018-2020

Gosford City Centre Revitalisation

Revitalisation of Gosford City Centre as the capital of a healthy, prosperous and connected Central Coast, is a key Ministerial priority of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.

 

The project has reached a significant milestone with the release of the final Government Architect report and approval of a suite of new planning controls to revitalise Gosford City Centre, following public exhibition throughout the year.

 

Information relating to the final planning controls and development assessment and approvals within the Gosford City Centre can be found on the Gosford City Centre web page.

 

View Gosford City Centre