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Draft Urban Spatial Plan

The Draft Urban Spatial Plan is Stage 1 of the Central Coast Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). The community is encouraged to view the LSPS when this becomes available on the NSW Planning Portal as the LSPS will supersede the Draft Urban Spatial Plan once endorsed by the NSW Government.


The Central Coast Council's draft Urban Spatial Plan will deliver a framework for growth that will guide the future growth and development to 2036 and beyond.

Central Coast Council has recognised that a well-considered and consistent approach to planning is required to ensure that future growth forecast population growth is provided for and managed in a sustainable manner.

The Central Coast is a great place to live, with a passionate community that wants to see their way of life enhanced, without sacrificing their valuable natural assets or relaxed lifestyle.

The draft Urban Spatial Plan is our 20-year vision for growth the Central Coast Region in a manner that enhances its character, preserves its natural attributes and improves our quality of life. The vision is the first stage in developing Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement.

The community can:

  • View the draft Urban Spatial Plan via the documents library
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions for the Draft Plan available below

Comments for this draft plan closed on Thursday 24 October 2019.

What is the Urban Spatial Plan?

The Urban Spatial Plan is the key visioning document for directing and managing growth and development across the Central Coast over the next 20 years. It provides a framework for the development of Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement. 

What is the purpose of the Urban Spatial Plan?

The draft Urban Spatial Plan responds to the goals and directions of the NSW State Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 and the Central Coast Community Strategic Plan, to inform the Central Coast’s land use priorities for the Region. 

Some of the items identified in the Draft Urban Spatial Plan are outside of Council’s control (i.e. public transport) – what role will Council play in these?

Council will advocate on behalf of the community and collaborate with state agencies on certain projects and initiatives that fall outside of Council operations.

How were the Regional Centres, Strategic Centres, Town Centres, Villages and Gateways identified?

The Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 established a Centres Hierarchy for the Central Coast and identified Gosford City Centre as the regional capital, Strategic Centres and Regional Gateways / Growth Corridors.  The Urban Spatial Plan also identifies a similar hierarchy of centres for the Central Coast, based on their role and function. 

How were the priorities for each of the centres, villages and gateways identified?

Priorities for each of the centres have been identified through previous community engagement and planning work under the former Wyong Shire and Gosford City Council’s.

How does the Urban Spatial Plan align with ‘One Central Coast’ Community Strategic Plan (CSP)?

The Urban Spatial Plan aligns with key themes and focus areas of “One Central Coast” Community Strategic Plan under the planning pillars of Place, Environment, Lifestyle and Infrastructure (refer page 23). 

How will the Urban Spatial Plan assist in the development of actions to achieve the priorities identified throughout the USP?

The draft Urban Spatial Plan represents the first step towards defining a Local Strategic Planning Statement for the region and aligns with community input through the Community Strategic Plan. 

Following adoption of the draft Plan, we will identify land use planning actions for the Region to implement the land use vision, as part of Stage 2 Local Strategic Planning Statement. 

We will also identify the basis on which we will monitor and report on the implementation of those actions. 

What are the next steps for the Urban Spatial Plan?

Following public exhibition, the draft Urban Spatial Plan will be reported to Council to endorse the final vision and adopt the Urban Spatial Plan. The endorsed plan will then inform the preparation of a Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement for the Central Coast. 

How can I find out more information and get involved?

For more information on the draft Urban Spatial Plan see the information available on this page. 

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