The public exhibition for the updated strategic plan for the future of the North Coast region is now closed.
The draft North Coast Regional Plan (the draft plan) was on exhibition from 11 July 2022 until 24 August 2022.
The exhibition was a key part of the draft plan’s first five-yearly review to reset priorities and extend the plan’s reach to 2041.
In addition to making formal submissions, people were also able to make comments on an Ideas Wall via an online engagement hub.
The Department thanks everyone who took the time and effort to participate in a workshop, make a formal submission and give us your feedback in other ways.
The draft plan is the 20-year strategic blueprint that sets the framework, vision and direction for land-use planning on the North Coast. It will help the region become even more vibrant and prosperous, and provide housing, jobs, infrastructure, a healthy environment and connected communities.
The first North Coast Regional Plan – the 2036 plan – was released in 2017. We have consulted with councils and other stakeholders over the past 18 months to build on the first plan and extend its reach to 2041.
A prosperous, vibrant future for the North Coast
The next 20 years will be an exciting period of change for the region. This draft plan aims to harness opportunities to improve the region’s economic and social wellbeing, and grow jobs.
Major infrastructure investments that are already underway include the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, the Clarence Correctional Centre, the Tweed Valley Hospital and the Richmond Valley Regional Job Precinct.
Health care and social assistance remain the region's main economic driver, while the growing education and training, construction, tourism, retail and agriculture sectors are expected to generate increasing employment opportunities.
The draft plan will continue to deliver strategies to manage and shape the region’s growing cities and centres.
A resilient, sustainable North Coast
We have seen how devastating flooding and bushfires can be. The draft plan builds increased resilience against natural hazards into planning and will direct new development away from high-risk areas that are prone to bushfires and flooding.
The draft plan aims to diversify the economy, create vibrant communities and plan for a sustainable future.
It recognises the 2 distinctive subregions of the Northern Rivers and the Mid North Coast to ensure we have the right homes, jobs and infrastructure in place.