‍Unfortunately, the Department of Planning has refused the Council's request for an extension of time on preparing the Local Strategic Planning Statement.

It is disappointing that the Minister has not allowed an extension of time for consultation due to the impacts of COVID-19. This would have allowed Council to use a range of strategies to consult with our community on this 20 year vision for future land use on the Central Coast. 

We will now need to undertake this consultation through online strategies – which may limit the ability of many people in our community to engage. The draft LSPS will go on exhibition soon for 28 days - Council needs to submit the final document to the Department of Planning by 1 July 2020. 

As part of the LSPS changes, the Government included provisions to give recently amalgamated councils the option to address matters in their first LSPS by ward if the council decided this approach was appropriate.

Central Coast Council has resolved to take a Ward approach and this has not changed. This approach helps to ensure the priorities and local character of our diverse Central Coast are considered in the development of the new LSPS.

It should not be a “one size fits all” approach. It is important for our community and our Councillors to now engage in this process. 

Some relevant links:


Copied from Department of Planning's Website: (Click here)

Commencement

Greater Sydney councils are required to commence public exhibition of their draft local strategic planning statement by 1 October 2019 with the final version to be made by 31 March 2020. Regional councils must have their statement in place by 1 July 2020.

How will councils with wards prepare their LSPS?

As part of the LSPS changes, the Government included provisions to give recently amalgamated councils the option to address matters in their first LSPS by ward if the council decided this approach was appropriate.

This approach could help ensure the strategic priorities and local character of the former councils would be adequately considered in the development of the new council's strategic vision. This would be particularly relevant while newly councils are developing a new consolidated Local Environmental Plan for the amalgamated area.

Consistent with the Government's intention, the Minister for Planning recently issued a direction under section 3.9(3) to allow ward councillor endorsement of the LSPS for recently amalgamated councils.

It is important to note that this direction does not prevent any other council from structuring its LSPS into ward-based sections if appropriate.

 

 

 

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