PART 1 – Urban Lands Strategy Review
The Urban Lands Strategy review forms Part 1 of the project and will replace Council’s Our Living Settlement Strategy to function as the overall vision, aims and objectives of Council’s broader Local Growth Management Strategy. The revised Urban Lands Strategy will provide a State Government-endorsed blueprint for future development and growth in Coffs Harbour to 2036.
The Urban Lands Strategy will be underpinned by the Land Capacity Assessment Audit (October 2014) which provides baseline information relating to supply and demand for land.
PART 2 – New Residential Strategy for Coffs Harbour
Preparation of a new Residential Strategy for Coffs Harbour will take place in Part 2 of this project. The Residential Strategy will sit as a new chapter under the Urban Land Strategy, alongside Council’s existing Rural Residential Strategy, Business Lands Strategy, Industrial Lands Strategy and proposed Public Realm Strategy. The aim of the residential strategy is to guide a socially sustainable increase in residential population within Coffs Harbour to 2036.
In 2014, Council began a review of its Local Growth Management Strategy. This review recommended that a Residential Strategy be prepared, to resolve a number of issues associated with residential planning provisions for the Local Government Area (LGA).
With the help of consultants AECOM, the Coffs Harbour Residential Strategy Phase 1- Issues and Options Discussion Paper was prepared to provide baseline information on the significant residential issues facing Coffs Harbour LGA. Phase 1 involved engagement with the wider community as well as the development industry, architects, planners and other building professionals who utilize Council’s policies and administrative documents.
Council endorsed the Coffs Harbour Residential Strategy Phase 1 – Final Issues and Options Paper on 23 June 2016. This can be viewed below.
Coffs Harbour Residential Strategy Final Issues and Options Paper
Initial Community Consultation has been undertaken for this project comprising three community workshops (Coramba, Woolgoolga and Sawtell), an information booth at the Jetty Markets and an Online Survey.
The outcomes of this consultation are currently being analysed to inform the next stages of the project.
It is anticipated that a draft Urban Lands Strategy and draft Residential Strategy will be placed on Public Exhibition later this year seeking further feedback from the community.