Huntlee New Town
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Major Development) Amendment (Huntlee New Town Site) 2010 was published in the Government Gazette No. 143 on 31 December 2010.
The amendment rezoned land residing in both Cessnock and Singleton Local Government Areas bordering the suburbs of Branxton and North Rothbury. The land was rezoned to a mix of R1 General Residential, R2 Low Density Residential, R5 Large Lot Residential, B4 Mixed Use, E1 National Parks and Nature Reserve, and E3 Environmental Management. In summary, the amended State Environmental Planning Policy will provide for up to 7,500 dwellings, 200ha of Employment Lands and 5785ha of Conservation Lands comprising:
- up to 5,500 dwellings in residential zones covering up to 612 hectares;
- up to 1,700 residential dwellings in the mixed use zone;
- rural residential development covering up to 93 hectares to achieve up to 300 lots;
- the provision of associated infrastructure including upgrades to road, sewerage and water infrastructure;
- dedication of 780 hectares of conservation land within the Huntlee precinct;
- dedication of Persoonia Park (17 hectares); and
- dedication of 4988 hectares of conservation land elsewhere within the Lower Hunter Region.
The associated Huntlee Development Control Plan (DCP) was adopted by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure on 17 May 2013 and came into force on 12 June 2013.
Link to Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s website http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/tabid/205/ctl/View/mid/1081/ID/109/language/en-US/Default.aspx
The DCP nominates four stages of development within the Huntlee precinct, the first of which was approved by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure on 24 April 2012 under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.