What is a Structure Plan, Planning Proposal, Contributions Plan and Development Control Plan?
A Structure Plan is a high-level plan that looks broadly at opportunities and constraints. It typically shows where development might go and where development won’t. A structure plan usually includes a draft road network, areas to be protected such as biodiversity corridors or important vegetation, it might show where new parks might go or new paths and cycleways. A structure plan is usually the basis for commencing discussions with the community and refining the development plan with studies.
A planning proposal is a more detailed plan that supports the rezoning of the land. To rezone the land, Council needs to understand in detail where the future development will go, what type of development it wants to occur in the area and what areas will be used for business, recreation, environmental protection and residential purposes. The planning proposal is considered by the Council and submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for assessment.
A contributions plan is the way new development contributes to new and upgraded infrastructure (e.g roads) and the range of services that Council provides (e.g sporting facilities, libraries).
A development control plan guides how the subdivision will look and feel, and any other requirements to realise the envisaged development.
What are the current zones in Nulkaba?
The Cessnock Local Environmental Plan is the legal document that controls what you can do on your land. One of the ways is through land-use zones. There are a number of existing zones in the investigation area. These are:
- R5 Large Lot Residential
- RU5 Village
- RU2 Rural Landscape
- C2 Environmental Conservation
It is likely that the new areas will include areas of all of these zones.
The Local Environmental Plan also contains provisions that relate to minimum lot sizes. Again, there are a range of lot sizes in the investigation area and it is likely that these will be applied to the new development area.
More information about the Cessnock Local Environmental Plan and the zones can be found here.
How will the development affect traffic movement?
More people living in Nulkaba will mean more traffic will result. Council is investigating the likely traffic generated by the new development and what impacts this will have on the existing road network. The study, when complete will include recommendations about how to improve the network to minimise any impacts. New development can be a means to fund improvements to the road network and thereby alleviating existing issues.
What is a social impact assessment?
Changes to areas through development do have impacts on the existing community – both good and bad. A social impact assessment is prepared by an independent person. It allows you to bring your local knowledge about living in the local area to process. It is important for the community to have a say early on in the process, so that if there are negative impacts these can be identified and minimised and where there are positive impacts, these are enhanced.
A social impact assessment will be undertaken after the draft structure plan is prepared.