Hunter Regional Plan high on agenda at Development Consultation Forum

Cessnock City Council’s Planning and Environment Directorate hosted its sixth Development Consultation Forum at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre last week, with the Hunter Regional Plan high on the agenda.

Cessnock City Council’s Planning and Environment Directorate hosted its sixth Development Consultation Forum at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre last week, with the Hunter Regional Plan high on the agenda.

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent opened the forum by discussing the draft Hunter Regional Plan and said it is critical to the future of the Cessnock local government area (LGA) and our place in the Hunter.  

“For us, the Cessnock LGA holds such great potential and lifestyle opportunities and we are looking forward to seeing this recognised in the final Plan,” Cr Pynsent said.  

“We would like to see more focus on the retention of Cessnock as a strategic regional centre and the necessary infrastructure connections to ensure the LGA can continue to grow sustainably into the future”  

Department of Planning and Environment General Manager for Hunter and Central Coast Monica Gibson also spoke at the Forum, giving participants an overview of the Plan and what it means for the future of strategic planning in the Hunter over the next 20 years.  

Council staff provided the development community with an overview of completed, current and upcoming developments in the area.  

A marked reduction in processing time for development applications (DAs) was reported, with Cessnock again leading all Hunter Councils with an average turnaround of 47 days.  

“It is great to see we are continuing to improve these times and help our customers and clients through what can be complicated development processes,” Cr Pynsent said.  

If you are interested in attending a future forum, please contact Council’s Planning and Environment Team on 02 4993 4100.

30 March 2016