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59/2018/4: Vineyard District Planning Project

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Cessnock LGA, Vineyards District Survey

Cessnock City Council undertook a survey to get your input to help us plan for the future of the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) Vineyards District.  The Vineyards District encompasses an area of land to the north west of the Cessnock township.

The results of this survey will help guide future policy development for the Vineyards District, including standards for new development.  Other opportunities for community participation will be made available as this project progresses. 

The survey closed on 16 September 2019. 

Background

The RU4 Primary Production Small Lots Zone was adopted by Cessnock City Council in 2011 to identify the Vineyard District at Cessnock.

On 7 November 2018, Cessnock City Council resolved (Council Minutes PE61/2018), among other things, to undertake further strategic analysis, including potentially a ‘precinct’ based approach to land use planning in the RU4 Zone. The reasoning for this approach is contained within the Council Report PE61/2018 of 7 November 2018.

Project Objective

The project will reflect the intent of the Vineyards Vision Statement to recognise and protect the primacy of viticulture in our Vineyard District and acknowledge the important economic contribution of wine tourism to the local and regional economy.

The objective of the Project is to develop a suite of clear policy outcomes for the Cessnock Vineyard’s District that allows for and considers land use differentiation between the District’s existing ‘character’ precincts.

The policy outcomes will reflect the primary intent of State and local strategies to maintain the scenic rural landscape of the Vineyard’s District and protect the primacy of the vineyards agricultural land use in the Cessnock RU4 Zone.

The project will also reflect the important economic contribution of wine tourism to the local and regional economy.

Any enquiries should be directed to Council’s Strategic Planning section on 02 4993 4155.