Local Strategic Planning Statement - Shoalhaven 2040

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We have prepared a new strategic land-use planning document, known as a Local Strategic Planning Statement. Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement (Shoalhaven 2040), identifies the land-use planning and related work Council needs to do to identify and meet the communities’ needs over the next 20-years.

To do this, Shoalhaven 2040 anticipates how the City might change and outlines the work required to manage development and the delivery of necessary infrastructure and services. This means it addresses a broad range of topics such as:

  • The number, type, and location of new homes.
  • Provision of infrastructure and service

We have prepared a new strategic land-use planning document, known as a Local Strategic Planning Statement. Shoalhaven 2040 – Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement (Shoalhaven 2040), identifies the land-use planning and related work Council needs to do to identify and meet the communities’ needs over the next 20-years.

To do this, Shoalhaven 2040 anticipates how the City might change and outlines the work required to manage development and the delivery of necessary infrastructure and services. This means it addresses a broad range of topics such as:

  • The number, type, and location of new homes.
  • Provision of infrastructure and service
  • Job creation, economic growth, and strengthening commercial centres
  • Protecting and adapting to our environment
  • Enhancing our heritage, landscapes and the character of our towns villages, and neighbourhoods.


Shoalhaven 2040 establishes a Vision to provide long-term direction for our future work. It summarises the City’s opportunities and challenges, identifies Planning Priorities, confirms Policy Statements on key planning matters, and sets Actions to deliver the Planning Priorities. The document also sets out how we will work with a range of other organisations to achieve identified outcomes.

Shoalhaven 2040 works by directing changes to planning and development controls. It also informs other planning tools, such as the Contributions Plan, to ensure facilities and services are provided to meet community need. Where there is currently an information gap, Shoalhaven 2040 identifies the work required to inform future planning decisions.

Shoalhaven 2040 is our first Local Strategic Planning Statement - it provides a starting point, not a finished document. It brings together and builds on Council’s existing plans, studies, strategies to provide a record of our current land-use planning work and the work we need to do to plan the next 20-years. This version has a seven-year time-frame and sets out the necessary work for the 2020 to 2027 period.

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LSPS 2040 - Introduction

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If you would like to provide quick, simple feedback on Shoalhaven 2040, please submit your comments below. We will record and consider your feedback as a formal submission.

If you would like to provide more detailed feedback, we’ve provided the following options:

Email: council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

Online: To comment on certain sections, please use the Survey section.

Post: The General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council PO Box 42, Nowra, NSW, 2541.

Drop-off: At 36 Bridge Road, Nowra, NSW, 2541 (Monday-Friday – 9am-5pm).

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

For more information on how to provide feedback and how will we use your feedback please read the Get Involved Fact Sheets published in the Document Library on this web page.

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I support the submission by the Berry Community Forum.
I also question why climate change is not addressed adequately - it is mentioned once only.
No mention of the retention and creation of wildlife corridors wherever possible/feasible and sustainable.
Developers need to be pushed harder to design for better usability in the 'legacies' they are leaving. So many estates are not connected internally or externally. This reduces the ability for community development which is vital for resilience building.
There needs to be strong consideration given to the ongoing removal of native vegetation for developments while existing cleared areas are underutilised and/or poorly managed.
There should be more restrictions on what is allowable with and without consent on rural lands to protect lifestyles and flora and fauna.
There should be firm goals and activities in place to reduce the number of threatened species in the City developed in collaboration with the appropriate state agencies. Having a lot of threatened species is not a badge of honour - it is failure of planning.
There is no firm strategy statement about addressing the over-use of some natural features (beaches, lookouts, walking tracks) and the planning and infrastructure required to manage negative impacts and develop sustainable use strategies so they remain features of interest in the future.

birmingham.megan-tct3hc 10 months ago

Strategic Land-Use Planning Statement (SLPS)
Red text is suggested additions to existing text in the statement.
Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice comment on ‘Shoalhaven 2040 Our Strategic Land-use Planning Statement’

Please note this document will also be emailed to Council.

The Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice has commented on the Strategic Land Use Planning statement based on the 2019 Community Speaks community consultation.
We ask that Council:
1. Make a commitment to develop character overlays on the Development Control Plans for ALL towns and villages in the Shoalhaven, and to include Huskisson when these are planned for Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Milton. See comment further below.
2. Develop a more comprehensive set of measurements that better reflects the visions presented in this statement
3. Consider that not all residents are represented by a community consultative body
4. Use a Local Planning Panel in development application decision making
5. That Council develop a Tree management plan along with its urban canopy strategy.
General comment
The explanation at the beginning of the document and each section places high priority on retaining the qualities of the Shoalhaven and planning careful development that builds services, employment, and housing without negatively impacting the environment, character, quality of life and quality of agriculture. These appear to be worthy intentions.
Whilst there are 16 planning priorities spread over 5 themes, not all planning priorities have associated actions or measures. Without actions, and especially measures or some kind of ‘monitoring’ there will be no accountability or requirement to implement any of these. One assumes that the monitoring and review will focus on whether the actions have been undertaken and the measurements of progress. Other intentions that are written in the document are therefore in danger of being forgotten or will the monitoring and review process consider all intentions written into the document?
At times the actions and measures are limited and don’t reflect the vision embedded in the document. It would be fantastic to think through some more specific actions that would lead to the fulfilment of the visions in this document; and measures which would demonstrate to all whether or not the goals have been achieved. No measures have been provided for the theme ‘celebrating culture and heritage’.
Comment on Our Vision
The Voice congratulates and endorses the vision outlined in this document; but we suggest the addition that ‘the unique and relaxed lifestyle’ contributes to wellbeing of residents; and that homes will be built to minimise water and energy usage (or words to that effect).
Comment on Land Use Vision
Again the Voice congratulates and endorses the vision outlined for land use in this document. Adding in:
• that ‘homes will be built to minimise water and energy usage’ (or words to that effect)
• greater infrastructure/support for bicycle and pedestrian travel (e.g. with designated pathway commuters and visitors could ride between the Bay and Basin and Nowra)
• as there will be an overall densification of urban areas planning for more accessible open / green spaces for unit and town house residents
• that ‘the unique and relaxed lifestyle’ contributes to the wellbeing of residents.
Comment on measures
Is there more detail to be had regarding the measures?
For such a lot of depth in the visions and planning priorities the measures seem to be sparse and sometimes missing. For example the visions that ‘housing will meet the needs of diverse households, will be in suitable locations, and suit the Shoalhaven climate’ do not have measures.
In contrast the measure ‘length of cycleways and footpaths’ is not pre-empted in the Land Use Vision, although it is later in the Planning Priority.
There are NO measures for the 5th theme: Celebrating Culture and Heritage.
The measurements for the theme Growing the Economy seem to be too broad to actually measure the priorities.
Whilst there is a broad spectrum of concerns addressed in this document it doesn’t consider the community itself, and how the community is functioning. It is commonly recognised that GDP, or in this case gross regional product has many weaknesses as a measurement tool. Given that ‘economy’ is not so much about money as about the outcomes of the interactions of economic agents (individuals, households, buyers, sellers etc) it would be useful here to consider a more wholistic measure of economic outcomes such as – measures of community cohesiveness and wellbeing? See Measuring wellbeing, Briefing Paper No 4/2012 by Talina Drabsch.
How will Planning Priority 6 – ‘Providing jobs close to home’ to be measured? (You could plan for a broad community or workforce survey which asks this and other questions? Check with ABS – are they planning to ask this at regular intervals?). It would be useful to assess the number of local people employed on construction jobs – anecdotally we have heard and seen that a lot of construction is done by Sydney/Canberra companies and labour – money and profit going OUT of the region.
How will Planning Priority 7 – ‘Strengthening commercial centres’ be measured? (number or proportion of vacant shops/offices? Diversity of commercial activity? Police reports of disturbances / crime in CBDs?)
How will Planning Priority 8 – Promoting a responsible visitor economy be measured? Simply counting the number of visitors does not measure this. Measurement could be included in a community survey? A measure of litter post-holiday periods? Complaints to Council Ranger, Marine parks, National Parks? Visitor survey? Accommodation provider survey?
How will Planning Priority 9 – Supporting agriculture and aquaculture be measured? (area of land for these uses?) This may be adequately measured with ‘Number of jobs by industry …’ as you have identified.
How will Planning Priority 10 – Industrial opportunities be measured? Again, this may be adequately measured with ‘Number of jobs by industry …’
Provide more detail regarding the measures for ‘Protecting and adapting to the environment’. Will you distinguish state, and local government protection? Tree canopy coverage of urban areas? What environmental indicators? (storm damage? Water quality?)
Possible additional measures regarding the environment:
• proportion of high environmental value lands that have been cleared or remain intact
• draw on National Parks, Birds Australia data etc. to get measures of biodiversity across urban, rural and protected lands/water
• number of homes lost to environmental disasters (bushfire, flooding, coastal inundation)
Measures regarding culture and heritage:
• monitor the number of heritage items with aim to increase (heritage being a living value)

 Place the measures after each Planning Priority. Provide additional measures – some measurement data could be collected with State agencies to remove extra burden on the Council.

Comment on actions
The following suggestions are made in order to better match stated priorities with stated actions:
A1.2 p 23, change to ‘Update development controls to facilitate increased delivery of accessible, adaptable and future climate suited homes.’
An additional action which would improve the quality of development would be the establishment of a Local Planning Panel.
CA2.6 p 25 – not only new campuses of NSW TAFE but a broader offering of training opportunities, and lobby the State government for greater support for industry to employ and train.
A3.1 p. 29. We support this action and note the statement ‘Our work will identify the planning and development controls we can use to influence the quality and design of development in our neighbourhoods. The NSW Government has recognised the importance of character and the need to improve the built environment.’ (p.28)
HOWEVER, the Voice is concerned about the DCPs as a tool for influencing the quality and design of development. We have been told that the DCPs are guidelines and proposals don’t have to adhere to them. Consequently Huskisson, rather than having interesting and well designed buildings, has a number of square blocks of units where the only acknowledgement of ‘place and character’ might be a blue strip of colour somewhere on the façade. These buildings maximise floor space and minimise character and quality. The Voice endorses more housing in Huskisson ONLY if that housing:
• abides by the DCPs and does not result in streets dominated by 3 or 4 storey concrete walls and glass,
• does not result in a tree-less, concrete jungle where the only green space that is left is the strip along the beach
Additionally, a character overlay should be developed for ALL towns and villages. It is especially important to develop a character overlay for Huskisson as a primary tourists destination – not to be proactive will result in a soulless urban area which people will sit and say ‘gosh this used to have such a lot of character’. Instead we want them to say ‘I really like the way Huskisson has developed to fit in with the environment - modern and lots more accommodation but it retains its sense of naturalness and not dominated by concrete!’
Currently the DCPs are not up to the task of controlling or influencing development so that character (existing or a desired future) is attained. The Voice (community) would be happy to liaise with Council to develop a desired future character as long as that character was explicit, and supported by development planning instruments.
A4.1 and A4.2 p. 31 the Voice endorses the goals and actions regarding Nowra City Centre but would amend the review of the Revitalisation Strategy and Masterplan to include a traffic, car parking, and bicycle usage strategy.
CW4.1 include in the action developing a character overlay for the CBD – a desired future character which one would expect to retain the older buildings of Nowra
CW5.1 we are not overly familiar with the Ulladulla planning instruments but would advocate that building on the shoreline be kept to low heights so that a broader range of housing / commercial activity also benefits from the views; and in some places will avoid shadowing.
An additional employment action would be for the Council to employ more cadets and help build a skilled workforce in the region.
A7.1 p. 39 Add in ‘an analysis of technological needs’ The Council might support fibre optic to commercial centres to aid new tech businesses establishing.
We note that the region already has a strong recreation fishing industry, and significant SCUBA diving sector, any strategy around these activities should involve close consultation with existing businesses, and Fisheries. We don’t want a situation where existing businesses are harmed by a future strategy.
Regarding responsible tourism there should be conscious effort to retain a certain proportion of tent sites (lower cost) in Shoalhaven caravan parks. We have noticed the replacement of many tent sites with cabins of glamping tents. This significantly disadvantages people wanting lower cost holidays.
A12 p. 51 The issue of coastal hazards associated with climate change doesn’t seem to have any actions associated with them – consider the advice of Coast Adapt (https://coastadapt.com.au/sites/default/files/factsheets/T4I4_1_Planning_options.pdf ) including managed retreat as the possible least expensive option in the long run.
A13 p 55 Include the installation of EV charging outlets throughout the Shoalhaven – every 50km?
CA14.1 p 59 ‘Work will local historic and heritage groups to …’
CW15.1 Is the community involved in this work? Does this relate to A15.1??
‘Sustainable’ seems to be used in a variety of ways – could a definition be given to clarify what is meant by the use of this term? Perhaps: ‘sustainable’ is used to represent the growth / maintenance of an activity to a level which does not negatively impact on its environment (social, economic, natural or other environments).
• Re the planning priorities – to be consistent ensure that there is a verb at the beginning of all of them
• CA2.4 typos
• P 37 Woollamia misspelt

Garry Kelson (Chair of HWCV) 10 months ago

1. Be recognised as a Global tourist attraction Host a G20 summit at the Booderee/ACT/Shoalhaven state of the art environmental friendly and multi cultural conference and arts centre Host an Olympic and Paralympic or Commonwealth Games Tri athalons utilising the expanded and upgraded Round the Bay walk (Point Perpendicular to Hyams Beach) connected by Jervis Bay Fly over of Currambene Creek after public / private participation by all tiers of government and leading local commercial enterprises, perhaps Huskisson Hotel and Elite Energy ( see attached for sharing experiences on how they have facilitated fly over, environmental activity and walkways etc up and down the coast and ways to upgrade walkway/pathway demands by increasing no of visitors). Commission the very fast train link connecting the ACT/Goulburn to the East Coast/Tomerong in timely fashion for G20 conference
2. Infrastructure corridor is created in conjunction with the Very Fast Train from the east coast to the inland to provide sustainable farming, industry and affordable housing
3. Hospitals and aged care homes or services develop and spread across the Shoalhaven and into Jervis Bay.
4. Safety becomes a first priority for Shoalhaven who becomes the first LG to make the commitment they want to see everybody who stay or play or move within the Shoalhaven finish the day in the same condition as they started the day.
5. On Line Education Hubs are created to replace todays universities with Apple and Microsoft competing to base their global or Asia Pacific headquarters in the Shoalhaven.
6. Storm water is conveyed from the coast of the Shoalhaven to the inland farms and townships of affordable accommodation ( all part of an infrastructure corridor to Goulburn ).
7. Community engagement / CCB process is replaced with all rate payers being provided the opportunity to identify their activities of interest – Council will deal direct with the ratepayers and Councillors.
8. International Car Race track is developed for International race cars with the Shoalhaven being the early adaptor to host the first international motor car racing month in NSW , with conventional fuel cars and electric car racing at the same location with a bank of electric refuelling machines at the track.
9. Jervis Bay beaches are promoted as an ongoing major tourist attraction protected by sea walls or sand dunes with sand – the trees are removed and transplanted away from the beaches and into the bush,
10. Glass bottom cruise boats are provided for electric carts to be driven on board at the old peoples wharf at Plantation Point to see the dolphins and new Aqua culture industries in the seas of Jervis Bay,
11. Shoalhaven Council offices all but empty of heads for the Shoalhaven Council is the leader in Industrial Relations, the huge permanent jobs have been replaced by outsourcing.
12. The Shoalhaven raises an increasing rolling percentage of its rate revenue each year from jobs and growth by development of greenfield development sites tied to the increase of ratepayers in the Shoalhaven being linked to an indicator to be developed from the ongoing increase in tourists. BACKGROUND of sharing experiences for item 1. My support for the connectivity round the bay is the equivalent of the “Illawarra Fly Over”. This has been mooted in Council many times over the last couple of decades and aligns with the Shoalhaven Strategic Plan which dedicates Huskisson as the tourist town in the Bay ad Basin. Greg Watson informed the community of such at the Council meeting when the VRRA sought Council upgrade of Plantation Point Park. Greg has an understanding of the Shoalhaven which cannot be equalled by anyone else.
The tourist numbers are here to stay. Covid has cemented Jervis Bay as THE place to visit. It is unique. One only needs to take a sample of people who own properties, be they be an owner’s principal place of residence, a family holiday home or an investment property, and ask the question “how did they come to buy a property in the Bay and Basin”.
The overwhelming response is I visited here, be it to a relo, friend or attending a big event that leads to the purchase of a property here. I would suggest there is a definite tie to a visit and a subsequent purchase of a property. Somehow you never see the question “how did you come to buy a property in the Bay and Basin” in any surveys. It seems a logical lead indicator for any strategic planning. The visits to Jervis Bay is exasepated by the closeness of the south west suburbs of Sydney to the Shoalhaven, and furthermore the integration of different cultures. One only needs to take notice of the integration over xmas to identify future property owners in the Shoalhaven. Huskisson is going to be the Port Macquarie of the south coast.
The demand for high usage of our pathways and cycleways by 2040 is going to be exponential. Thus an overpass that can handle significant increase in users. The Huski flyover could have one end in the elevated grounds of the Huski pub, a pedestrian and cycle access and viewing platform over the entrance to the creek, and drop down to an environment friendly bird sanctuary in the bushlands between the current bushland and the start of the current pathway / cycle way to Callalla. Some opportunities for private/public investing here !!
The drop down to the bird sanctuary could be by a lift designed as a helicopter -exactly as they do when you want to visit the tigers at Taronga park zoo right now, you board a jet to go to the tigers home environment – it is magic- it can be simulated in the Regional towns. For those not wanting to go to the bird sanctuary, the option to use a board walk exit is provided.
One would walk, run or cycle around the eastern side of Currambene creek on a board walk. It merely needs to be pier’d down into the sand, just like the Paragon restaurant at La Perouse has survived on piers into Botany bay for nearly a century.
So how do we handle the extra traffic around the Vincentia side of Jervis Bay. You either widen Elizabeth Drive and route all cyclists along the drive, or build a mini reventment toe in the sand and provide a dedicated walkway on the top of the reventment toe and dedicate the existing pathway/cycleway to cyclists or visa versa.
TheRoyal Haskoning report commissioned by Shoalhaven Council a couple of years ago explained a reventment to as a way to handle coastal management. The demand is not the problem for 2040, it is going to be the supply of the facilities. The number of people who visit the Illawarra fly over is miniscule to the no of visitors to Huskisson.
There are so many boardwalks etc up and down the coast now, be it over cliff ways or waterways, the sharing of experiences in engineering is a no brainer. Anyway, that is my thought for 2040 strategic planning for round the bay, and it does not infringe upon the little village of Myola.

Lou Casmiri 10 months ago

I endorse most of the intentions expressed in this document but feel that the actions and measurements are rather light on - indeed many intentions don't have actions or measurements that relate to them. This is very disappointing because when it comes to the review and monitoring it will all be assessed against what has been flagged as action and measurement. If you don't intend to measure, for example effective management of heritage items - how will you know if you have or not?
As it is, it is a lovely vision which lacks a pathway and transparency in being implemented.
Additionally the Council intends to use 'the existing network of Community Consultative Bodies as reference groups'. That is a start, but many residents (primarily Nowra) in the Shoalhaven are not represented by a CCB - how will you link with them?

Penny 10 months ago

I’ve written to Council on several occasions decrying the unsympathetic development which is irreparably changing the face of Berry. It saddens me that my town and its environment is slowly but surely losing the appeal which entices new residents and tourists alike. Shoalhaven Council should be ashamed for allowing developments like the ugly Huntingdale Estate to consume the slopes of the escarpment and blight the northern approach to the town. There is ample room in the Shoalhaven to accomodate housing and tourism development which doesn’t diminish the natural beauty of the region. In my view, priceless treasures such as the Berry township, its rural surrounds and its verdant escarpment backdrop should be heritage listed and saved for future generations to enjoy.

John Whitmore 10 months ago

Forgot to mention
How about completing the Bay Walk connectivity by building a foot bridge from Mayola to Huskisson and complete the Magic White Sands Walk (for walkers and bike-riders) all the way to beyond Hyams Beach
With 2 main objectives; to increase tourism in Shoalhaven and by providing on-foot and on-bike access to Hyams Beach, reduce the number of vehicles in Hyams Beach

LUCIANO CASMIRI 10 months ago

How about completing connectivity for the very popular tourist Bay Walk, by building a foot bridge from Mayola to Huskisson connecting to the magic White Sands Walk

LUCIANO CASMIRI 10 months ago

General comments
The action plan is poorly conceived because Council does not have any heritage officers, nor are there any heritage advisers employed to develop this plan.
• as a result no progress has been made to include more items on Schedule 5 of the LEP in terms of listing two more Heritage Conservation Areas in Berry and 29 more heritage items.
The heritage buildings in Berry are not protected by current planning and development controls, as has can be seen with the recent developments at the historically significant homestead of Mananga and its curtilage, which was previously listed as being Regionally significant. This criteria for listing was replaced by Local listing with the knowledge that the Council would protect this item of heritage.
As far as “Current Planing and development controls protect these buildings” there needs to be far more control over development in Berry and these controls should include:
• Minimum lot sizes and building setbacks,
• Limits on multi storey development,
• Character controls to preserve the historic nature of Berry and its rural amenity,
• A tree management plan in order maintain Berry as the Town of Trees.
Current Work
CW14.1 Administration and management
The Shoalhaven City Council has not had a heritage adviser for some time, nor does it employ any heritage officers, whereas a large number of Councils in NSW are actively engaged in looking after their heritage towns and items.
Collaboration activity
CA14.1 Work with local historic groups
There does not appear to have been much activity in this regard, otherwise the Council staff would have been more aware of the historic nature of Donald Stewart’s home Mananga and would not have allowed the recent developments that have taken place.
In order to cope with new threats emerging for urban historic conservation, planners should adopt a guidebook to managing heritage in dynamic and constantly changing urban environments called A Practical Guide on UNESCO’s recommendation on Heritage Urban Landscape http://www.hulballarat.org.au/cb_pages/news/HUL_Guidebook.ph

Planning Priority 15
Scenic and cultural landscape
“The rural landscape is a valuable asset for Shoalhaven. Our communities have expressed the importance of these vistas, not only for their scenic amenity and contribution to the relaxed country atmosphere of Shoalhaven, but also for the diversity of land uses they support.”

Has any thought been given to listing an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as has been done in the United Kingdom, where 46 areas have been designated for conservation due to their significant landscape values. In Scotland they are called National Scenic Areas. In New Zealand there are 14 national parks throughout the country with one quarter of New Zealand’s land being protected for these reasons.

Janet Fingleton 10 months ago


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