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Strategic Planning

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. 

Contact Strategic Planning on 02 4993 4100. 

NSW Legislation and planning framework

NSW State Government provides a framework for the development of planning policies at the local government level through a number of agencies and laws.

NSW Government Legislation - Includes Acts and other statutory instruments (such as regulations and environmental planning instruments) provided by the Parliamentary Counsel's Office.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment -  The agency that manages and maintains State Environmental Planning Policies, metropolitan and regional land use strategies, Basix, planning reform, environmental planning legislation.

Cessnock's planning framework

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: