Planning strategies

These strategies guide the growth of the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area, both at the local and state levels of government, and act as supports to the planning controls and guidelines.


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The NSW Government has developed the Coffs Harbour Regional City Action Plan to provide a framework to manage and shape the city’s future growth so it conforms with the requirements of the North Coast Regional Plan 2036. 

The plan establishes a vision, objectives and actions to guide the growth of Coffs Harbour city. It sets six key collaboration areas to help deliver the 15-year strategic vision. 

 It was finalised in March 2021.

The heritage strategy summarises the way Coffs Harbour City Council will achieve implementation of its heritage program, and includes:

  • endorsement of the continuation of the Heritage Advisory Committee
  • actions to identify potential heritage items
  • actions to produce heritage brochures
  • actions to administer local heritage fund
  • actions to produce themed heritage trails, and
  • actions to promote cultural heritage awareness.

Coffs Harbour City Council endorsed the Heritage Strategy for Coffs Harbour for 2021-2024 on 22 July 2021.



Council commenced the preparation of its Integrated Transport Strategy in July 2018. This will provide a broad strategic position on a variety of transport and land use issues for our growing regional city, which will build on the MyCoffs vision of 'connected sustainable thriving'.

Major themes earmarked for consideration are:

  • population and employment growth
  • alignment of transport corridors
  • trends in transport options and moving towards increased walking and cycling possibilities
  • future capacity of the existing transport network
  • how we adopt new technologies and trends in transport
  • streets that are made for people and not just cars
  • a future cycling network, and
  • a parking policy.

The project will take two years to complete. Step One has been completed, establishing a clear vision of the city we are trying to create, via a Place Score project.

Next will come a body of work to design a desired place and movement network for the whole of the Local Government Area.


The aim of the Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy (LGMS) is to provide a coordinated, strategic and planned approach to cater for growth in our local government area to 2040.

Coffs Harbour City Council is currently revising and updating its LGMS for the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA). This will allow Council to achieve the community's aspirations for Coffs Harbour as it grows into a regional city by supporting effective and integrated planning across the LGA to 2040 and beyond.

The revised LGMS consists of nine chapters. Eight of the nine chapters have been completed and adopted by both Council and NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Chapter 7 Residential Lands has been adopted by Council but is yet to be adopted by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.


The Local Strategic Planning Statement ('the Statement') provides a 20-year land use planning vision for the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA). It identifies 16 Planning Priorities to be delivered in four themes to 2040.

Coffs Harbour City Council adopted the Statement on 25 June 2020 for the whole of the Coffs Harbour LGA. The Statement was prepared in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations.

Now it is adopted, this Statement will inform several Council processes and procedures, including:

  • the roll out of strategic and city-shaping projects within operational and delivery plans
  • infrastructure priorities
  • advocacy with other levels of government for new infrastructure and services to support growth
  • preparation of place plans, and
  • amendments to local planning controls (Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan).

The Local Strategic Planning Statement is underpinned by the four key themes of the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan, being:

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Community Prosperity
  • A Place for Community, and
  • Sustainable Community Leadership.

The North Coast Regional Plan 2036 is a 20-year is the NSW Government’s blueprint for the future of the North Coast.

The NSW Government’s vision for the North Coast is to create the best region in Australia to live, work and play thanks to its spectacular environment and vibrant communities.

To achieve this vision the Government has set four goals for the region:

  • The most stunning environment in NSW
  • A thriving, interconnected economy
  • Vibrant and engaged communities
  • Great housing choice and lifestyle options.

Place Score is a 'place experience' measurement tool that lets communities across Australia share what they most care about. It gives communities a voice to shape the places they live, recreate and work.

Place Score consists of two tools - "Care Factor' captures what the community values; and 'PX' is a universal standard for measuring 'place experience'. Just as 'UX' measures the user experience of online environments, PX measures the lived experience of places across Australia.

The PX score (a number between 0 and 100) reveals how places and neighbourhoods are performing, what is contributing to place experience (and what is impacting users negatively) and allows change to be measured over time.

The Coffs Harbour 2019 Place Score Report involved community engagement between November 2018 and February 2019. A total of 2,075 responses were collected during the research. The Coffs Harbour local government area (LGA) achieved a PX or 65.

Key strengths listed for the overall LGA are elements of the natural environment (natural features, views, vegetation etc.); and locally owned and operated businesses.

Liveability improved priorities (those things identified that are important to the community but which are currently underperforming) are listed as:

  • quality of public space, access and safety of walking, cycling and/or public transport
  • walking/jogging/bike paths that connect housing to community amenities (like shops and parks)
  • the general condition of public open space (street trees, footpaths, parks), and 
  • protection of the natural environment.

Further analysis was also undertaken on localities (when sufficient responses were received to allow for this analysis).

Scores for other neighbourhoods included:

  • Arrawarra and Mullaway (65)
  • Boambee East (64)
  • Coffs Harbour city (64)
  • City Centre (62)
  • Jetty (69)
  • Park Beach (64)
  •  West Coffs (64) 
  • Coramba (68)
  • Corindi Beach (67)
  • Moonee Beach (72)
  • Nana Glen (61)
  • Sandy Beach (66)
  • Sawtell (77)
  • Toormina (58)
  • Woolgoolga (67)

The 2019 Place Score report provides valuable information to Council for diagnosing problems, identifying priorities and measuring change in key places and precincts across the LGA.


Council at its Ordinary Meeting 22 June 2017 resolved to endorse the preparation of a Public Realm Strategy. This project is to update Council's existing Open Space Strategy and Street Tree Masterplan as part of a more comprehensive Public Realm Strategy which provides for a broader understanding of open space to include the public realm.

The Public Realm is not just green spaces but extends to all external spaces available for public use, such as: streets, forecourts, squares, bicycle and pedestrian links and waterways.

The Strategy will be used across Council to assist with the planning, design and management of the public realm with the ultimate aim of developing a sense of place for Coffs Harbour's public spaces.

The Public Realm Strategy will provide the necessary framework for Council to integrate and coordinate various departments and disciplines to assist in the implementation of a coherent public realm for the community. An integrated approach will allow the effective and efficient delivery of a high quality public realm and its spaces and places for the community.

This project commenced in January 2018 and is to be undertaken in three stages over a period of three years. 

The Public Realm Urban Design Guidelines has been developed to help guide design outcomes of the public realm until the Public Realm Strategy is complete.

In the interim, Council's Open Space Strategy 2010 and Street Tree Masterplan 1999.


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