Urban Planning Documents

There are a number of plans and policies which City of Newcastle (CN) uses when making decisions on future development. Some policies are prepared by the NSW State Government and can be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

CN from time to time places on exhibition changes to our Planning documents. Find out what is open and have your say

Planning Documents

The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is our 20-year land use vision and identifies how we will sustainably manage the growth and change of our City. The LSPS gives effect to the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, implements priorities from our Community Strategic Plan, Newcastle 2030 and brings together land use planning actions in other adopted strategies.

The LSPS will inform changes to the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012Newcastle Development Control Plan 2012 and other land use strategies.

The LSPS is accompanied by an LSPS Implementation Plan that identifies a program for the delivery of each of the planning priorities and actions. The Implementation Plan will be reviewed every 12 months as actions are completed and to reflect changes in Federal, State or Local priorities as well as resources and budgets.

The Employment Lands Strategy was updated by SGS Economics and Planning in 2019 to provide an up-to-date evidence base to inform the new Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).  This update will inform the planning of employment generating lands including all land with an industrial, business or special activities zone) in the Newcastle LGA.

Affordable living encompasses affordable housing, but also looks at other factors that affect affordability, and ensures that the hidden costs of inappropriately located or designed housing are not overlooked.   Affordable living is a holistic approach to achieving housing affordability and liveability and aligns with the Newcastle 2030 community vision to create a smart, liveable and sustainable global city.

City of Newcastle and Port Stephens Council have identified the need for this Strategy to guide development in Fern Bay and North Stockton for the next 20 years.

The Strategy area includes land within the City of Newcastle (North Stockton) and Port Stephens (Fern Bay and Fullerton Cove) local government areas.

The structure of the Strategy is:

  • Part A provides context for the Strategy.
  • Part B provides an overview of the goals for the area as informed by community aspirations.
  • Part C lists principles to inform future planning when land is rezoned.
  • Part D details the outcomes for each of the six precincts in the Strategy area with specific actions to achieve the goals.

Key Documents

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 is the NSW government's plan to guide land use planning and infrastructure priorities and decisions over the next 20 years. The plan identifies regionally important natural resources, transport networks and social infrastructure and provides a framework to guide more detailed land use plans, development proposals and infrastructure funding decisions.  The plan includes overarching directions, goals and actions as well as specific priorities for each local government area in the Hunter region. 

Preparation of a Community Participation Plan is a legislative requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act 1979). Our CPP is now operational. It covers how and when the City of Newcastle will engage with the community across the planning functions it performs under the EP&A Act 1979.  Planning functions include plan making and making decisions on proposed development. Please refer to the plan for revised participation requirements.

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 was launched on 17 September 2018 by the Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts MP. The Plan sets out strategies and actions across Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Government Areas, which together make up Greater Newcastle. The Plan accompanies the vision set in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036.

The plan's vision sees Greater Newcastle as an emerging economic and lifestyle city, with outcomes focused on a skilled workforce, environmental resilience, diverse housing and improved connections.

The Wickham Master Plan adopted by Council on 28 November 2017, outlines the vision of how the area is to evolve over a 25 year horizon from a semi-industrial suburb into a mixed use urban area reinforcing the Newcastle City Centre core within adjoining Newcastle West.  The master plan also identifies strategies and actions for implementation based on extensive background investigation and consultation with key stakeholders.