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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.

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 Central Coast Regional Plan 2036

Darkinjung Delivery Framework Consultation Paper 

The NSW Government has released a set of planning measures to assist the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (Darkinjung) achieve better economic outcomes from their land.


The Central Coast community has been invited to have its say on the Darkinjung Delivery Framework (DDF) Consultation Paper that proposes eight inter-related actions to help Darkinjung develop its land.


The DDF Consultation Paper 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.


Darkinjung is one of 120 Local Aboriginal Land Councils in NSW established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (ALR) Act 1983.


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


In 2016 the NSW Parliament’s Standing Committee on State Development Inquiry into Economic Development in Aboriginal Communities recommended that the planning system needed to better accommodate aspirations of the ALR Act.


The suite of proposed measures in the DDF Consultation Paper will better align the planning system to the ALR Act to help Darkinjung attain goals for the development of its land and achieve better economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities and the broader Central Coast community.


As a large land holder on the Central Coast, Darkinjung is key to achieving the social, economic and environmental goals of the Regional Plan.


The DDF Consultation Paper’s suite of inter-related actions involve education, collaboration, revised processes and legal change.


The NSW Government is seeking community feedback on the consultation paper that has been placed on public exhibition from Friday 16 November 2018 to 5pm Friday 14 December 2018.


Feedback is specifically sought on the following proposals:

  • Strategic plan to identify a pipeline of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council sites to achieve economic benefit for its members;
  • Darkinjung State Environmental Planning Policy;
  • Ministerial Direction;
  • Other measures to support the identification of development opportunities on Darkinjung land.


The DDF Consultation Paper is available on our website during the exhibition period.


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Any person wishing to make a submission can lodge them with the Department via email: or by post to:


Department of Planning and Environment

Central Coast Coordination

PO Box 1148


NSW 2250


All submissions will be reviewed and a final set of recommendations will be presented to the Minister for Planning early 2019. 


View the Darkinjung Delivery Framework Consultation Paper

Release of final Government Architect report and approval of final planning controls to revitalise Gosford City Centre


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


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


The measures aim to facilitate investment in the city to attract new residents, business, tourists and cultural activity to allow Gosford to fulfil its enormous potential as the vibrant, thriving and liveable capital of the Central Coast.


The Government Architect’s final Gosford City Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF) maps out a design–led, place-based revitalisation process that focuses on public domain renewal.


The UDF has been a collaborative process that has involved consultation with the community and stakeholders.


It builds on previous design work for the Gosford City Centre, including the Our City, Our Destiny – Gosford City Centre Masterplan which was prepared by the then Gosford City Council (now part of Central Coast Council).


Watch the video 'Gosford revitalisation: Launch event'

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, in October 2018 released the final NSW Government Architect report and a suite of new planning controls to enable Gosford to fulfil its destiny as the vibrant and thriving capital of the Central Coast.

Watch the video 'Gosford revitalisation'

The NSW Government has been working with council and the Central Coast community to develop a final series of measures that will pave the way for the Gosford of the future.


The place–based approach promotes design excellence in the development and connectivity of three core areas of Gosford City Centre:

  • City North focuses on connecting the greatly expanded Gosford Hospital to the city across the rail corridor, to spread the benefits of the $400m investment into the development of the health and education precinct.
  • City South focuses on linking the city to the waterfront parklands to draw together locals, land, culture, history and recreation in a beautiful parkland destination.
  • Civic Heart – Kibble Park and its surrounds focuses on Gosford’s beating heart that links the City North to the City South.

The approved measures also include the finalised Gosford City Centre State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) and Development Control Plan (DCP).


The controls implement the Government Architect’s framework and will ensure design–led, streamlined, flexible and efficient development for Gosford City Centre.


The SEPP establishes the statutory controls that recognise the state–significant importance of Gosford as a regional capital. The DCP provides the detailed objectives and controls to support the SEPP.


The final SIC will collect contributions for infrastructure that supports growth as the revitalisation program continues to roll out, reducing the overall contributions from 4 per cent to 3 per cent of the cost of development (with the SIC collecting 2 per cent and the local contributions framework collecting 1 per cent).


The SIC follows the Government’s commitment of $42 million to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure to support growth in Gosford City Centre, and $10 million for the creation of a significant regional playground as part of a broader upgrade of Leagues Club Field.


Gosford City Centre Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC)


Go to Gosford City Centre SIC

State Environmental Planning Policy (Gosford City Centre) 2018


Go to SEPP Gosford City Centre 2018

Gosford City Centre Development Control Plan (DCP) 2018


Download Gosford DCP (Pdf 13,048 KB)


Government Architect NSW final Gosford Urban Design Framework

The final Gosford Urban Design Framework (UDF), is a document that summarises the report and the draft planning documents that were exhibited throughout the year and is available to view or download:


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Central Coast Regional Plan 2036

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


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