Help set out the 20 year vision for land use in Cessnock
Cessnock City Council is calling on the community to have their say on the Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which is on public exhibition until Wednesday 5 February 2020.
The LSPS is a requirement of the NSW Government and will set out the 20 year vision for land use in the Cessnock LGA; the special characteristics which constitute Cessnock’s local identity; shared community values to be maintained and enhanced; and how growth and change will be managed in the future.
In an effort to gain as much community feedback and input into the LSPS as possible, Council will be holding a number of community drop-in sessions with the aim of advising the community of the priorities of the LSPS and answering any questions they may have. The first of these sessions will kick off at the Carols in the Park event at Cessnock Sportsground from 6pm on Friday 6 December, so make sure you drop-in and have a chat to the staff in the Council marquee.
Cessnock’s LSPS is separated into four themes: liveable, productive, sustainable and unique. These themes summarise the areas of focus for land use planning in Cessnock to 2036.
Once adopted, the LSPS will replace the City Wide Settlement Strategy 2010 which is currently the primary document guiding land use planning and growth across the region.
For Cessnock, the LSPS will also assist in the implementation of actions set out in the Hunter Regional Plan (HRP), Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan (GNMP) and Council’s own priorities as set out in the Cessnock Community Strategic Plan (CSP).
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is encouraging residents to read the LSPS, come along to a drop-in session and make a written submission.
“The LSPS focuses on our diverse cultural history, our distinctive towns and villages, emphasises the importance of local values, along with the contribution we make to the broader Hunter region.” “This is a great opportunity for the community to have their say on what local land use planning will look like for the next 20 years and every submission will be considered by Council before a final decision is made,” added Cr Pynsent.
For more information on the Draft LSPS and to make a submission, visit Council’s website at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/CessnockLSPS2036.