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Planning Newcastle 2040

Help us develop City of Newcastle’s new land-use planning vision

Planning Newcastle 2040

Planning Newcastle 2040: Global City, Local Character

We all know that our city is changing. To assist this transformation into a global city, we’re developing a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The LSPS will shape our land-use planning priorities to meet community needs and build on our Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan. Our planning priorities will identify the focus of future strategic planning work in Newcastle.

We’d like your help in preparing our vision and LSPS, so get involved until Wednesday 11 September 2019 by:

We're also available at the following community drop-in sessions that you can attend at anytime during the listed hours:
  • Wallsend Winter Fair (Sunday 11 August 2019 9.30am to 3pm) look for the our marquee
  • TAFE at Tighes Hill (Wednesday 14 August 2019 1pm to 4pm) we will be in Building S in the library foyer
  • Newcastle Pride Fair (Saturday 24 August 2019 11am to 1pm) look for our marquee
  • University of Newcastle NEWspace (Wednesday 4 September 2019 10am to 12 noon) we will be in the foyer
  • Newcastle Library Laman Street (Wednesday 4 September 2019 5pm to 7pm) we will be in the foyer
  • Olive Tree Markets and our Library Laman Street (Saturday 7 September 2019 10am to 1pm). We will be in the foyer at the library.
To read more about the LSPS and our vision read our summary booklet.
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Key planning documents

Project timeline

prior to end June 2020
Phase 4: Final LSPS
• to be adopted by Council

Frequently asked questions

A Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is a legal document that will set the direction for how City of Newcastle will plan for land use over the next 20 years. This will help Newcastle to remain a smart, liveable and sustainable global city.  

All Councils in NSW are required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement. This is a new requirement introduced by changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in March 2018. It will link local planning to NSW State Government strategic planning and set out a clear path for how land use planning for Newcastle will respond to changes over the next 20 years. 

The council of an area must prepare and make a local strategic planning statement and review the statement at least every 7 years. 

(2)  The statement must include or identify the following: 

(a)  the basis for strategic planning in the area, having regard to economic, social and environmental matters, 

(b)  the planning priorities for the area that are consistent with any strategic plan applying to the area and (subject to any such strategic plan) any applicable community strategic plan under section 402 of the Local Government Act 1993, 

(c)  the actions required for achieving those planning priorities, 

(d)  the basis on which the council is to monitor and report on the implementation of those actions. 

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will address how we will respond to change affecting important land use matters including: 

·        neighbourhood character 

·        employment and vibrant local centres 

·        heritage and place-making 

·        diverse housing choices for people at all stages in their lives. 

It will also outline how the following NSW State Government strategic plans apply to Newcastle including: 

·        Hunter Regional Plan 2036 

·        Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will provide a guide to the reasons behind planning controls and how land use is expected to change into the future to achieve the 20-year vision. 

The planning controls in the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and the Newcastle Development Control Plan (DCP) will remain the main tools for delivering the land-use vision and guiding development. The Local Strategic Planning Statement will help shape planning controls and lead to a review in both the LEP and DCP.  

Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) has a broad focus and a vision for all of Newcastle.  It represents the highest level of planning we undertake at local government level, for all of Council's operations for a 10 year time period. It covers all social, environmental and economic matters such as libraries, natural areas, planning controls, stormwater and customer service.  

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will: 

·        build on the CSP vision 

·        focus specifically on the vision and priorities for land use planning in the local area 

·        outline how we will plan for and respond to future change 

·        justify planning controls. 

Importantly, the Local Strategic Planning Statement will link long term land-use matters in Newcastle CSP 2030 to requirements set out in the NSW State Government's strategic plans in a single clear document. 

We want to hear from as many people in our community as we can, so we have planned consultation to occur in in two stages. This will help ensure that the Local Strategic Planning Statement reflects the views and values of our whole community. We want to hear what you love about Newcastle and what you want it to be like 20-years from now using our engagement survey.  

Early next year (2020) we will be publicly exhibiting the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement on Council’s website.  

The first stage of consultation is now  open (from 11 August to 11 September 2019).  

The next stage of consultation is a formal public exhibition where you will have an opportunity to have your say on the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement. 

We will use your comments to shape the land-use vision for Newcastle over the next 20 years. This will help ensure that the Local Strategic Planning Statement reflects the local area and what our community wants for the future. 

Comments received at each stage of community consultation will help further refine the Local Strategic Planning Statement.  

The draft Local Strategic Planning Statement will be reported to Council prior to proceeding with public exhibition.  Matters raised during public exhibition will be reviewed and reported to Council before the Local Strategic Planning Statement is finalised. 

Further information is available on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s website   and in the 'Important Links' section of this page.  

Contact us

Urban Planning Team

Phone: 02 4974 2000
Email: urbanplanning@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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