NSW Department of Planning and Environment

North Coast

The North Coast Region sits in the State’s north-east and provides arguably NSW’s most enviable life-work-play balance across a mixture of urban, coastal, and rural lifestyles.

The North Coast Regional Plan 2041 sets a 20-year strategic land use planning framework for the region, aiming to protect and enhance the region’s assets and plan for a sustainable future.

As a 20-year plan, it applies to the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Richmond Valley and Tweed.

Regional City Action Plans

A key objective of the North Coast Regional Plan 2036 was the development of Regional City Action Plans (RCAPs) for the North Coast regional cities of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Tweed.

Following public exhibitions all four RCAPs for Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Tweed were finalised during 2021 and 2022.

To find out more and read the final RCAPs for Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore and Tweed, visit our Regional City Action Plans page.

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The North Coast Regional Plan 2041 is a 20-year blueprint for the future of the North Coast.

Family cycling in Port Macquarie.

Regional City Action Plans will provide a framework to manage and shape the growth of the North Coast’s four major cities.

Cudgen farmland, NSW. Photo by: Ryan Fowler / Destination Tweed

Key resources and maps providing background information on the North Coast Region.