Future Planning

Planning Strategies & Studies

Planning Strategies assist government in deciding where, what type, how much, and when growth and development should occur and how this can be balanced with the protection of important natural features and qualities.

Planning Studies generally provide a more detailed assessment of future development constraints and opportunities within a paricular site or geographic area, but can also focus on investigating a particular planning issue (e.g. stormwater management; heritage). The findings of such studies are often used to inform future rezonings and/or planning controls in the Great Lakes Local Environmental Plan 2014 or Great Lakes Development Control Plan.


Regional Strategies

The Department of Planning released the Mid-North Coast Regional Strategy in March 2009 which identifies potential urban and employment land release areas over the next 25 years (between 2006-2031). The Strategy will inform the preparation of local environmental plans, codes and policies within the Great Lakes Council area over this time. In association with the new Regional Strategy, the Department also introduced a new design document - North Coast Urban Design Guidelines.


Local Strategies & Studies

Local Strategies and Studies are generally developed to guide the future strategic development of land and to promote a balance of development and conservation within the local government area. In this regard Local Strategies provide a broad strategic land use framework and broad planning principles that Council must consider when assessing applications for rezoning/development, whilst both local planning strategies and studies are relied upon as background research documents in the preparation of new local environmental plans, development control plans and other policy documents.

Planning Strategy or Study

Date Adopted by Council

Smith's Lake Planning Study (Volume 1)

February 2000

Great Lakes Highway Service Centre Study and Strategy Report

May 2004

Great Lakes Rural Living Strategy

9 March 2004

Great Lakes Heritage Study

22 May 2007

Urban Design and Density Review Forster Tuncurry and Tea Gardens Hawks Nest

22 July 2008

 Forster & Tuncurry Studies and Strategies  
 Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest Studies and Strategies  



Planning Strategies and Studies adopted by Council inform the preparation of Planning Proposals to amend Great Lakes Local Environmental Plan 2014 and some provisions in the Great Lakes Development Control Plan.

It is recommended that prior to undertaking any development proposal, that you review the planning proposals and Draft documents mentioned above and any information that is currently On Exhibition.



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Last Updated: 22/12/2014