NSW Department of Planning and Environment

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.

The Entrance, Terrigal, Gosford City Centre, Wyong, Ourimbah, Woy Woy and Long Jetty already provide local jobs, shops, cafés and restaurants, entertainment, and health care and personal services.

Encouraging more housing and different types of housing around centres can help to make them more robust and livelier places and capable of offering more services and jobs.

A vibrant new centre at Warnervale will provide services to support new and existing communities in the north of the region. New greenfield development in the north and on the urban fringe will be accompanied by more services and jobs.

Accelerating the supply of land for housing and jobs in established urban areas takes advantage of existing infrastructure and reduces the time it takes for residents to get to jobs and services. Over the next 20 years the community will need 41,500 new homes.13

The timely delivery of infrastructure will support housing and jobs growth in the region and maximise public value from this investment.

Direction 15 - Create a well-planned, compact settlement pattern

Urban settlement on the Central Coast has developed in response to the region’s landscape – the ridgelines, valleys, waterways, coastal areas and floodplains. Development forms well-defined urban corridors and centres, mostly along the coast and the Sydney to Newcastle rail corridor.

Supporting the region’s urban areas with more open space, recreation, walking, cycling and public transport opportunities will encourage more active, healthy lifestyles.

Planning for new development and expanding the urban footprint will be consistent with settlement planning principles.


15.1 Create a well-planned, functional and compact settlement pattern around existing urban and employment areas, the Warnervale-Wadalba release area, the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors, existing rural villages and sites included in an endorsed local strategy.

15.2 Ensure the settlement pattern responds to settlement planning principles and does not encroach on sensitive land uses.

15.3 Plan for communities to be better connected by an integrated transport system that prioritises safe walking, cycling and public transport.

15.4 Investigate options to improve public transport services and better link centres, corridors and growth areas.

15.5 Link communities with centres, employment areas, the Northern and Southern Growth Corridors and greater open space and recreation opportunities.

15.6 Deliver settlement planning principles and a local planning toolkit to assist Council in implementing the Plan.

Direction 16 - Grow investment opportunities in the region's centres

There are opportunities to grow more jobs in centres by:

  • facilitating a business-friendly regulatory environment with timely and efficient business approval processes; and
  • identifying and responding to current and emerging business needs.

Businesses’ expectations of the standard of centres are constantly evolving. The region’s centres have the capacity to provide quality supporting infrastructure, good access and amenity.

New commercial and retail business activity is expected to focus on the region’s strategic centres at Gosford, Erina, Tuggerah, Wyong and to a lesser extent, other centres across the region.

Small business is a significant contributor to the regional economy, employing almost three-quarters of the region’s workforce,14 compared with 67 per cent across NSW.15


16.1 Improve access to and through centres to support and encourage redevelopment.

16.2 Enhance the network of centres by encouraging business and infrastructure investment in centres and planning for attractive mixed use places that respond to the character and role of the centre.

16.3 Protect the function of centres and ensure local environmental plans include appropriate controls to limit retail activity outside planned centres.

Direction 17 - Align land use and infrastructure planning

Improving the alignment of land use and infrastructure planning and delivery will ensure more efficient use of existing infrastructure and deliver new infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.

Annual monitoring data will be provided to infrastructure providers in the region to better inform future infrastructure needs and service planning.

New and intensified development areas will be supported by plans that collect developer contributions toward the cost of enabling and supporting infrastructure. The delivery of infrastructure and services will be aligned with the preferred staging of development. Developers that instigate projects outside this sequencing will be required to pay a greater proportion of infrastructure costs.


17.1 Align land use and infrastructure planning to maximise the use and capacity of existing infrastructure, and the efficiency of new infrastructure.

17.2 Identify sites in partnership with the infrastructure providers for health, education, emergency services, energy production and supply, waste disposal, cemeteries and crematoria.

17.3 Protect infrastructure corridors and sites, including inter-regional transport routes such as the M1 Pacific Motorway, railway and water supply systems.

17.4 Coordinate the delivery of infrastructure to support the timely and efficient release of land for development, including inter-regional infrastructure and service delivery issues in the growing areas of Warnervale, Bushells Ridge and Wyee.

17.5 Ensure new and intensified development is serviced by enabling and supporting infrastructure, that it contributes to the associated cost and that development which occurs outside of sequencing pays a greater proportion of infrastructure costs.

17.6 Review development contributions in the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan area, incorporating Special Infrastructure Contributions Plans for the Wyong Employment Zone and Warnervale Town Centre.

17.7 Prepare a sequencing plan for the release of land in growth corridors and the Warnervale-Wadalba release area that coordinates with infrastructure planning.

Direction 18 - Create places that are inclusive, well-designed and offer attractive lifestyles

There are plentiful opportunities for people to interact with the natural environment and enjoy healthy and fulfilling lifestyles on the Central Coast. Allowing people to access natural areas increases their appreciation of it and creates a sense of stewardship.

Making places that are safe and accessible for children, older people and people with a disability is critical to ensuring an inclusive urban area. Integrating recreational walking and cycling networks with commuter connections to centres, bus networks and railway stations will help to increase commuter walking and cycling and support public transport networks.

Creating mixed use centres, connecting recreation networks and integrating public transport facilities with walking and cycling facilities will encourage more physical activity.

Focusing development in existing areas will revitalise communities. It can reinforce and enhance the sense of community and belonging. Place-making and other improvements can transform the main street, helping to create accessible, safe and attractive local areas.


18.1 Facilitate Council-led revitalisation of centres to integrate land use and transport planning, improve the quality of the public domain and encourage ecologically sustainable development.

18.2 Undertake planning and place-making for main streets and centres.

18.3 Enhance the amenity and attractiveness of existing places.

18.4 Review and update neighbourhood planning principles in partnership with Council, community and industry representatives.

18.5 Implement strategies to invest in open space, sporting and recreational infrastructure.

18.6 Work with Council to support initiatives that allow people to age positively on the Central Coast.

18.7 Implement health and active living strategies in local plans.

Page last updated: 28/07/2022