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Central Coast 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.

Download the Central Coast Regional Plan 2041 (PDF, 11.5 MB).

Urban development program

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

It will be expanded to the Central Coast. This will provide a strong evidence base through quarterly reporting of land supply, dwelling construction and demand.

An urban development program committee will be established to:

  • identify and remove barriers and disincentives for infill housing
  • oversee a pipeline of housing and employment land supply across the Central Coast
  • track the supply of infill and greenfield land supply, completions, whether the land is serviced or contains biodiversity constraints/values, and infrastructure servicing data of housing and employment land
  • identify opportunities to accelerate the supply of land for housing and employment including improvements to land rezoning, release, and servicing
  • make land use and infrastructure sequencing recommendations that may result in more cost-effective housing and job delivery
  • monitor the density of development across the region
  • provide annual updates on the implementation of the regional plan
  • provide annual updates to a sequencing plan and delivery report.
Region Infrastructure and service providers Local government and authorities Industry and professional stakeholders
Central Coast City

Department of Planning and Environment (Chair and Secretariat)

Central Coast Council (Water and Sewer)
Central Coast Council (Environment and Planning) Housing Industry Association
  Health Infrastructure NSW Darkinjung LALC Greater Cities Commission Planning Institute of Australia
  School Infrastructure NSW Greater Cities Commission Property Council of Australia
  Transport for NSW Land and Housing Corporation Urban Development Institute of Australia

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.

Place strategies

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

This approach provides certainty to 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.

Planning pathway  Lead  Area
Place Delivery Group Department of Planning and Environment Tuggerah
Central Coast


Place Delivery Group Central Coast Council Karagi
State Environmental Planning Policy Department of Planning and Environment Gosford

Six cities planning

The Greater Cities Commission will produce a Six Cities Regional Plan. The plan will celebrate the diversity and unique offering of each city and how each contributes to broader region.

Once that plan is adopted, the commission will then work towards a city plan for the Central Coast City.

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2041 will take the status of a district city plan until it is repealed by the commission’s Central Coast City Plan. 

Monitoring and performance measures

We will produce an annual report on the implementation of the regional plan to act as an accountability framework to each action and objective. 

Measures will include:

  • percentage of infill or greenfield development
  • timeframe and responsibility to complete each action
  • number of years of zoned and serviced land
  • average travel time and mode of choice between and within the region
  • amount of land retained for areas of regional biodiversity value
  • the number of low risk, no risk, or high risk planning proposals.