Due to current COVID situation, we have postponed the planned workshops. See here for more information.
Help shape tomorrow's Kotara
Character is a critical element of our neighbourhoods that needs to be understood and considered while planning for change in the City of Newcastle. All areas have character and to help with future development approvals, we want to understand what aspects of the buildings in your local area you value and want to retain while our city continues to evolve and change.
Council needs to hear what is most important to you about the combination of buildings in Kotara and how they are used. This can be described by qualities such as land uses, architectural styles, building densities, height, types, materials, setbacks and landscaping.
The scope of local character to be considered will be constrained to outcomes that can be realised through the local environmental plan and development control plan. This includes land use type, form and design.
The area surrounding Westfield and the industrial area has been designated a ‘Catalyst Area’ by the Department of Planning. Planning for this area will be addressed through a separate study at a later date so is not in the scope of the Kotara Local Character Study. Further information on this area can be found in the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan and the City of Newcastle Local Strategic Planning Statement.
This study is a two-stage project, with Kotara being part of the pilot. As participants in the pilot you will help us review and refine the study before we replicate it across the council area.
Use our interactive map to pinpoint locations within Kotara that are good examples of the character of Kotara, identify unique features of the suburb and highlight changes you are seeing (both the good and the bad!):
Answer our questions below, helping to provide background that will be used in the Workshops:
Everyone who enjoys Kotara, including residents, workers, students and park users are invited to two workshops. You will help put into words the character of Kotara and inform the urban planning future for Kotara.
Unfortunately due to the current COVID situation we have had to postpone the workshops planned for the 14th and 28th of July.
Please view the below presentation for an introduction to local character and the importance of the study in Kotara. In the presentation we also address some of the questions we have received and invite further feedback.
If you were not already registered for the workshops and would like to be kept up to date on this project, please submit your information below.
The character of Kotara is constantly changing, with some elements of the history being retained for longer than others. Have a look into the past with the photos below and think about how it has created the Kotara we see today.