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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.


We'll deliver our vision through 4 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 different needs and lifestyles.


Download the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036


A healthy natural environment, a flourishing economy and well–connected communities.

Person walking on train platform at Gosford train station

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

The Central Coast's economic strengths lie in its skilled workforce, proximity to Sydney, growing population, natural environment and resources.

Houses overlooking rocks and water at The Entrance

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

The region's natural environment is its distinguishing feature. Kilometres of ocean foreshore, coastal lakes, rivers, estuaries, lagoons, valleys and mountains have created corridors that have shaped the region's development.

Tuggerah lake jetty with people standing on it at sunset

Goal 3 – Well-connected communities and attractive lifestyles

The region’s abundance of natural assets – beaches, bush and waterways – offers attractive lifestyles and settings, for a network of centres that service the region's population.

Bike and bus lane marked on Central Coast highway

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

Providing a variety of housing types, including more affordable options in both existing and new areas across the region will allow people to age-in-place and maintain their connections with social networks and family.

Different types of housing overlooking the sea in Terrigal

Glossary and end notes

A list of definitions and the reference sources for the Central Coast Regional Plan.

Central coast highway with cars travelling in both directions