The Strategic Planning section within Council's Planning and Environment Directorate comprises a Manager, five Strategic Town Planners, Environmental Planner, and an Assistant Strategic Planner.
The Section is also responsible for Heritage Planning and the Local Heritage Assistance Fund in conjunction with the NSW Heritage Office. Council employs a consultant Heritage Advisor one day per month to assist with its Heritage program.
Land use and development within the Cessnock Local Government Area is managed through a range of State and local strategies, plans and policies. Cessnock's planning framework consists of the following key elements: