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Local Strategic Planning Statement

The Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036 is a requirement of the NSW State Government and must be prepared by Council by 1 July 2020.  The Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036 will inform local plans, including amendments to the Cessnock Local Environmental Plan 2011 and development standards in the Cessnock Development Control Plan 2010.  The document will give effect to regional and district plans and will be used to identify where further strategic planning is needed for the LGA. The document outlines a vision for land use planning in the LGA to 2036 and details how population growth, employment, housing, the environment, heritage and other unique features of the LGA will be managed and prioritised in the future.

Once adopted the Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036 will replace the City Wide Settlement Strategy 2010.

The Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036 is on public exhibition from 27 November 2019 to 28 February 2020. On the 15 January 2020 the decision was made to extend the public exhibition period to end on February 28 instead of February 5.

To view the documents, click the images below:

The following fact sheets have been developed to summarise critical information about the LSPS and the LSPS process: 

The Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement was prepared with reference to the following background studies:

Hard copies of the documents can be viewed at Council's Administration building and the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries.

Dwelling Entitlements

The decision has been made to remove the Dwelling Entitlement provisions from consideration as part of the LSPS.

Dwelling Entitlements will be considered as a separate project at a later date. Extensive community consultation will occur as part of the dwelling entitlement project. 

Community Sessions

Council will also be holding community information sessions to discuss the Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036 and obtain community feedback. Details of the location and times of the Community Information Sessions are as follows:

 Date Time Location
  Tuesday 14 January    2pm- 5pm   Cessnock City Centre (near Coles)
  Thursday 16 January   2pm- 5pm   Cessnock City Centre (near Coles)
  Friday 17 January   5pm - 6:30pm   Wollombi Tennis Club
  Friday 6 December 2019   6pm - 9pm

  Cessnock Carols in the Park
  Cancelled due to Bushfires

  Monday 9 December 2019   10am - 12pm   Peace Park Weston

  Tuesday 10 December 2019   2pm - 4pm   Mulbring Community Hall
  (Corner of Stone and Palmer Street)

  Thursday 12 December   3pm - 6pm   Jeffery Park, Kearsley Park

  Monday 16 December 2019   3pm - 6pm   The Commercial, Branxton

  Tuesday 17 December 2019   2pm - 4pm   Ellalong Park   (Helena Street next to Primary School)
  Tuesday 17 December 2019   2pm-4:30pm   Pokolbin Community Hall

  Thursday 19 December   3pm - 6:30pm   Kurri Kurri Public Library
  Moved due to weather forecast

Colouring in Competition

We have designed a colouring in competition for children to get involved in the exhibition process. Copies are available below and will be handed out at Community Sessions.

Competition entries are due by 28 February 2020.


Any person may make a written submission in relation to the Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036.  Any views expressed in written submissions will be considered by Council before a final decision is made on the Draft Plan.

In order to be considered by Council, submissions must be received by 5.00pm on 28 February 2020 and should quote “59/2015/1/2 – Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement 2036”.  Submissions should be addressed to The General Manager and can be submitted via:

Post: PO Box 152, CESSNOCK NSW 2325
Online: Click here to lodge a submission online. 

Submissions are NOT kept confidential.  Council releases submissions when a request is made in accordance with Privacy Laws and the relevant provisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.  When a submission is released by law, Council routinely withholds contact numbers, email addresses and signatures. Should you wish for all personal details or any information that may identify you to be withheld from the public, please advise Council of this in your submission.  

Any enquiries should be directed to Council’s Strategic Planning section on 4993 4100.