The NSW coastline is an amazing natural resource, and we need to protect it. The NSW Coastal Design Guidelines provide a framework on how to do this and can be used by councils, developers and anyone involved in designing coastal places.
Proponents must use the guidelines when seeking to change planning controls in the coastal zone through a planning proposal. Plan-making authorities must also use the guidelines to assess planning proposals.
Designers, architects and landscapers can also use the guidelines to better understand and create high quality urban design outcomes suited to coastal places. This guidance can apply across all project scales, from business cases and feasibility studies through to master plans and precinct plans.
The draft Coastal Design Guidelines was exhibited for public feedback in 2022. Feedback from the exhibition has informed the final version of the guidelines.
Planning proposal requirements
Planning proposals in the coastal zone must include a completed copy of the assessment checklist, demonstrating how they are achieving consistency with the guidelines. We have provided an example of a completed checklist for a planning proposal (PDF, 263KB) which shows how to use the checklist and the expected level of detail.
A checklist for the urban design outcomes is also available. It is not mandatory to complete or include this checklist for development or planning proposals in the coastal zone.
The assessment checklists below are editable PDFs.
We’ve prepared case studies to show how the design objectives of the NSW Coastal Design Guidelines could be applied during projects.
While this guidance was not in place during the design of these projects, the case studies highlight project elements that align with the design objectives contained in chapter 4 of the NSW Coastal Design Guidelines 2023. These case studies are illustrative only and are not intended to critique or endorse the projects.