Residents can have their say on the future direction of the Coast by commenting on Central Coast Council’s Urban Spatial Plan, which is on public exhibition until October 24.
The Plan establishes a 20-year strategic framework to tackle the challenges of the region’s growing population and aims to deliver the housing diversity, transport improvements, infrastructure upgrades and economic and social vitality required by the community, while protecting the Coast’s natural attributes and quality of life.
Council’s Director, Environment and Planning, Scott Cox, said development of the Plan was an important step in setting a clear direction for growth across the Coast.
“The population of the Central Coast is expected to grow to 415,000 by 2036, with as many as 75,000 new residents living in the region,” Cox said.
“The Urban Spatial Plan establishes a framework for how we manage this growth in a balanced and sustainable way, enabling urban growth within existing centres, planned precincts and corridors while preserving the coastal lifestyle and environment we value so much.
“Our direction for growth promotes Gosford Regional Centre as the central connection point of the many coastal and hinterland centres, with a networked transport system that connects the community to the services they need.”
The plan addresses six key initiatives across the region including housing, transport and infrastructure, planning for open space and community, centres and cordridors, economics, and creating a sustainable environment with resilient communities.
“It also outlines how we will work with the NSW Government to activate Gosford as the capital of the Central Coast with supporting strategic centres at Woy Woy, Erina, Tuggerah, Wyong and Warnervale.”
The Plan also outlines how Council will drive the coastal economy through planning to attract new and innovative industries and to grow regionally competitive tourism destinations across the entire region.
The Urban Spatial Plan represents the first step towards defining a Local Strategic Planning Statement for the region.
Former Mayor, Jane Smith, said the Plan was the blueprint of what the Coast will look like in the future and it was crucial that the community become involved.
“We want our community to be a part of that vision of ensuring that the Coast can accommodate future growth without compromising the great lifestyle we enjoy,” she said.
Details are on Council’s website.
Media release, Aug 29
Central Coast Council