NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Making it happen

Hunter Regional Plan 2041

The regional plan takes an infrastructure-first and place-based approach to future growth.

This requires infrastructure providers, the development industry and public authorities to take an integrated and coherent place-based approach to land use planning through:

  • an urban development program
  • infrastructure assessment
  • place strategies for specific areas.

Read part 1 (PDF, 48.4 MB) of the regional plan to learn more.

Download the Hunter Regional Plan 2041 (PDF, 48.4 MB).

Urban development program

The urban development program (UDP) is the NSW Government’s program for managing land and housing supply and assisting infrastructure coordination.

The UDP already exists in Greater Newcastle but will be expanded to the Upper Hunter and MidCoast regions. This will provide a strong evidence base through quarterly reporting of land supply, dwelling construction and demand.

Two UDP committees will operate with councils, industry and agency representatives participating in the Greater Newcastle UDP, and Upper Hunter and MidCoast UDP.

The UDP committees will oversee a pipeline of housing and employment land supply across the region to identify opportunities to increase supply. They will consider constraints to supply and make recommendations on land use and infrastructure sequencing that may result in more cost-effective housing and job delivery.

The UDP committees will provide annual updates on the implementation of the regional plan and will provide a sequencing plan and delivery report.

Infrastructure assessment and sequencing

An infrastructure assessment framework will allow us to think about whether different growth areas, which will be subject to place strategies, can be supported by existing or new infrastructure. The framework will assess the:

  • capacity of existing infrastructure
  • potential take-up scenarios of future development
  • extent, type and timing of new infrastructure.

The cost effectiveness of new infrastructure will influence government decision-making on where new homes or jobs should be located. Additional analysis will also consider the wider impacts and benefits resulting from this potential infrastructure investment.

Supply Pipeline Benchmarks


Tier 1 (0 - 5 years zoned)

Subdivisions approved with biodiversity offsets, and enabling infrastructure funding resolved

Tier 2 (6 - 10 years zoned)

Biodiversity offsets resolved

Tier 3 (11 - 15 years zoned)


Tier 4 (16 - 20 years further investigation)

Identified in an endorsed local strategy

Tier 5 (20 + years potential future investigation)

Not identified in an endorsed local strategy 


Place strategies

We will use the urban development program and infrastructure assessments to guide a collaborative place strategy approach.

This approach provides certainty for the community on expected areas of significant change and helps identify catalytic infrastructure to enable the cost-effective provision of new homes and workplaces.

Both the urban development program and place strategies will aim to make efficient use of infrastructure, help align state and local investment and lead to stronger place-based planning.

The place strategy process applies to areas moving from strategic planning to construction. It aims to accelerate the realisation of vision of the regional plan into on-the-ground outcomes. A proponent or a council can nominate a site through the place delivery group process.

The place delivery group resolves planning and infrastructure constraints for an area undergoing significant change.

Broadmeadow Regionally Significant Growth Area

The Hunter Regional Plan 2041 and Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 identifies the Broadmeadow Regionally Significant Growth Area (Broadmeadow) as a regionally significant growth area and priority location for future housing, with major potential as a sporting and entertainment precinct of national significance, close to the Newcastle CBD.

Broadmeadow is an approximately 300ha site located in the City of Newcastle LGA.

The site includes one of the initial state-led rezonings to be delivered by the end of 2024 under the NSW Government’s Rezoning Pathways program.

The $73.5 million Rezoning Pathways program aims to rezone state and regionally significant land to unlock 70,000 new homes in fast-growing areas over the next 2 years.

Broadmeadow was chosen for state-led rezoning because it has been identified as a strategic site with the potential to support significant new and diverse housing and is well serviced by infrastructure such as transport.

The City of Newcastle is leading preparation of a Place Strategy for Broadmeadow that will inform the precinct’s infrastructure requirements and future rezonings.

The City of Newcastle will prepare a discussion paper, and draft place strategy for exhibition during 2023.

For more information visit the City of Newcastle website.

Key achievements of the previous plan

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 provided the NSW Government’s land use vision for the Hunter. Since its release in 2016, the NSW Government has worked with councils, other stakeholders and the community to deliver on key priorities, which informed this regional plan.

These actions include:

  • the release of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan and implementation of catalyst areas
  • agreement to a memorandum of understanding with the Hunter Joint Organisation on implementation of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036
  • exhibition of a draft Hunter Expressway Strategy and
  • establishment of the Greater Newcastle Urban Development Program and release of the Greater Newcastle Urban Development Program Annual Report 2018-19 (nsw.gov.au).

Page last updated: 23/01/2023