Ourimbah master plan nearing its final stages

Ourimbah residents will have another chance to participate in the future planning of their area at an information session about the final draft of the Ourimbah master plan.
The Ourimbah Land Use Strategy and Masterplan is now on public exhibition and the information session will be on Tuesday, February 12.
This plan sets out a 20 year vision for Ourimbah to make it a place to live and work and accommodate both commercial and residential growth, while protecting the area’s unique character and sensitive setting.
It has been many years in the making, and went to the public for comment in 2016.
Since then, community feedback has been taken into account for this revised plan, which will deliver a shared vision for sustainable growth over coming decades.
Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, said that in preparing this draft Plan, Council had worked closely with the local community and key stakeholders, including the Ourimbah Residents Association, to discuss and refine the plan to accommodate the need for growth while protecting the attributes that people love about living there.
“Ourimbah is a place of rich history and significant natural amenity, making it a truly unique and desirable part of the Central Coast.
“The town centre has always had an urban village feel, and serves as the heart of community life,” she said.
Key changes to support a low growth model for the area include: removal of four precincts earmarked for residential development; reduction in scale of residential development targets (number of dwellings and population capacity) in remaining precincts; and, planning for long term incremental change to the Town Centre area that offers flexibility to respond to new opportunities without compromising the ability to deliver desired long term economic outcomes.
Mayor Smith said council had long recognised the importance of Ourimbah and its Town Centre as a focus for the broader area’s communities and economy, including the University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW campuses.
The final draft Ourimbah Land Use Strategy and Masterplan is being re-exhibited until March 28.

Media Release, Jan 31
Central Coast Council
Website, Jan 31

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