What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    It is a new strategic land-use planning document identifying the land-use planning and related work Council needs to do to identify and meet the communities’ needs over the next 20-years.

    For more information about Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement please refer to our range of fact sheets in the Document Library on this web page.

    Why do we need a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    We have prepared Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement in response to a NSW Government requirement.

    For more information about this requirement please visit the NSW Planning, Environment and Industry website.

    How will the Local Strategic Planning Statement Work?

    Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement works by directing changes to planning and development controls. It also informs other planning tools, such as the Contributions Plan. Where there is currently an information gap, Shoalhaven 2040 identifies the work required to inform future planning decisions.

    For more information on how we will implement Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement please refer to our range of fact sheets in the Document Library on this web page.

    What community feedback is included in the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement has been informed by the results of community feedback on other strategic planning documents. 

    We also gathered feedback through a survey on draft content earlier this year. The results of the survey can be viewed in the Document Library on this web page.

    When can I Get Involved in the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    We are encouraging continued community participation in our development of Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement. 

    We are publicly exhibiting a draft document between Wednesday 1 July and Friday 31 July 2020. You are invited to provide feedback on this draft document.

    For more information on the exhibition of Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement and how to make a submission, please refer to our range of fact sheets published in the Document Library on this web page.

    How can I view the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    A digital copy of Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement is available in the Document Library on this web page. 

    Please note, to be COVID-19 safe, paper copies of Shoalhaven 2040 will not be available to view in libraries, leisure centres or other public buildings. Paper copies will be available on request. 

    We will post these or make them available for pick-up from our Nowra office (Monday-Friday – 9am-5pm).

    Please request a copy by email (council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au) or phone 02 4429 5884.

    For more information on the exhibition of Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement please refer to our range of fact sheets published on this web page.

    How can I provide feedback on the Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    There are various ways you can provide feedback on Shoalhaven 2040, including:

    1. Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au
    2. Online:
      1. For simple/quick responses- the Feedback application on the webpage.
      2. To comment on a certain section(s) – take the Survey on the webpage.
    3. Post (The General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council PO Box 42, Nowra, NSW, 2541)
    4. In person at our Nowra office (36 Bridge Road, Nowra, NSW, 2541 – between 9am-5pm).

    For more information on how to provide feedback on Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement, please refer to our range of fact sheets published in the Document Library on this web page

    When do I need to provide my feedback?

    The opportunity to provide feedback closes at 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

    What will you do with my feedback?

    We will acknowledge all the feedback we receive, so if you’ve not heard from us within 5-7 days, please get in touch to make sure we have received your feedback.

    We will use the feedback to prepare an updated Shoalhaven 2040 and publish a document recording your feedback – What you told us. 

    We will present both documents to elected Council to inform its decision to adopt and publish a final version of Shoalhaven 2040. Council will also be provided with a copy of all feedback received.

    How do I find out about Council’s final decision?

    If you choose to provide your feedback online, we encourage you to first register your contact details with us. This allows us to keep you up to date on the preparation of Shoalhaven 2040, including when it will be reported to elected Council.

    If you have provided feedback and your contact details, we will inform you of the meeting at which Council is due to consider Shoalhaven 2040 and the community feedback. You will also be provided with an opportunity to address Council directly at this meeting, should you wish to.

    We will also publish a community participation report after Council has made its decision to explain how your feedback was considered by Council.

    Where can I find out more information?

    We’ve provided several ways for you ask us questions or seek further information about Shoalhaven 2040. You can contact us by phone , email, or by using the Question and Answer section on this web page

    You can also visit our Nowra office and we will arrange a digital meeting with you.

    Phone: (02) 4429 5884 (Monday-Friday – 9am-5pm)

    Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    Online: https://getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/LSPS

    Digital meeting at our office: 36 Bridge Road, Nowra, NSW, 2541 (Monday-Friday – 9am-5pm).

    When is Council required to finalise its Local Strategic Planning Statement?

    We are working towards finalising the document by September 2020.

    How does the local strategic planning statement differ to the community strategic plan?

    Shoalhaven 2040 focuses on land-use planning and related work Council needs to do to identify and meet the communities’ needs over the next 20-years. Shoalhaven 2040 will work with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, which has a similar but broader purpose explaining how all of Council will work to meet the communities’ needs.

    The Community Strategic Plan, prepared under the Local Government Act 1993, has a broader focus on achieving the long term social, environmental and economic aspirations of the community. The community strategic plan is the governing document for Council’s strategic business planning across all of its activities.

    What is happening with the update of the Growth Management Strategy?

    Council's preparation of Shoalhaven 2040 has been prioritised ahead of the Growth Management Strategy to meet the NSW Government’s timeframe to have a Local Strategic Planning Statement in place. 

    Once the work on Shoalhaven 2040 is complete, work on updating the Growth Management Strategy or an equivalent document (for example a Local Housing Strategy) will recommence. 

    Shoalhaven 2040 sets a number of planning priorities and actions to guide our future strategic land-use planning work. This includes an immediate action to prepare a Local Housing Strategy to update and consolidate existing structure plans and strategies to identify future dwelling supply, strategic locations for new homes, and required housing diversity.