Urban Planning: Key Priorities 2019

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City of Newcastle (CN’s) Urban Planning Team have begun preparing the strategic documents required as a result of changes to the  Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) which came in to place last year.

The updated Act requires us to review the Local Environmental Plan, prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and develop a Community Participation Plan. The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 requires a Housing Strategy to be completed at the same time as the LSPS.

Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) 

Each council will prepare a  local strategic planning statement (LSPS) which will set out the 20-year vision for land-use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future. This is to be in place by June 2020.
Initial engagement for the LSPS vision will commence in August 2019. Details will be on CN's Have your Say page from Sunday 11 August 2019.

Community Participation Plan (CPP) 

The  Community Participation Plan will set out how planning authorities will engage with their communities across their statutory planning functions to be in place by December 2019. City of Newcastle’s 2 current documents are Section 8 of DCP 2012 and Community Engagement at City of Newcastle.

Council has recently resolved to place a Draft CPP on exhibition until Sunday 25 August 2019.  Please refer to CN's Have your Say page.

The  Hunter Regional Plan and  Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 (adopted in September 2018) have the following key priorities for CN.  

Housing Strategy  

The Housing Strategy to help inform the LSPS and to be in place by June 2020, will tie council’s vision for housing with State government led strategic plans. It will present our response for how the housing component of the Regional Plan will be delivered in Newcastle.  In June 2019 CN engaged consultants to assist in the preparation of the Housing Strategy

Review of Newcastle Employment Lands Study

The current Newcastle Employment Lands Study will be reviewed and updated.  In June 2019 CN engaged consultants to prepare the review and update the Newcastle Emplotement Lands Study.

Catalyst Area Program

The Catalyst Area Program will assist in the preparation of a Broadmeadow Land use and Infrastructure Plan and preliminary planning for Kotara by end 2020. CN will also have input into other catalyst areas planning work for Newcastle City Centres, Beresfield-Black Hill, Callaghan, John Hunter Hospital and Newcastle Port by the end of 2021.


  • The Heritage Strategy (2013- 2017) will be reviewed
  • Review of Heritage items and Heritage Conservation Areas will take place
  • Visit our  Heritage page

Local Infrastructure Contributions

Section 7.11 and 7.12 of the EPA Act 1979 (previously known as Section 94 and 94A).

City of Newcastle’s Local Infrastructure Plans are being reviewed to ensure they are consistent with changes to legislation.

Planning Proposals

A planning proposal is prepared to consider amendments to the Local Environmental Plan. CN has a number of current planning proposals at different stages of the process.  The five main stages to a planning proposal are:

  1. The Planning Proposal – the planning proposal authority prepares the planning proposal.  The planning proposal authority is usually the local council.
  2. Gateway – the Minister (or delegate) decides whether the planning proposal can proceed (with or without variation) and subject to other matters including further studies being undertaken, public consultation, public hearings, agency consultation and time frames.
  3. Community Consultation – the proposal is publicly exhibited as required by the Minister. A person making a submission may also request a public hearing be held.
  4. Assessment – the planning proposal authority reviews public submissions. Parliamentary Counsel then prepares a draft local environmental plan. 
  5. The Making of the LEP – with the Minister’s (or delegate’s) approval the local environmental plan is published on the NSW legislation website and becomes law.
See Department of Planning and Environment’s website for CN’s current  Planning Proposals.

Have Your Say

There will be many opportunities for the community and key stakeholders to have their say with the above projects.  Stay tuned for regular updates.