Shoalhaven Character Assessments

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Identifying the character of our towns, villages, and neighbourhoods helps us to understand how each place looks and feels, how the community uses it, and how the buildings, landscape, environment, and activity interact. Knowledge of these elements is essential to inform Council’s future planning for a place, while maintaining or improving its character.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment engaged the urban design company Roberts Day to prepare a the Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report . This report identifies the existing and potential future desired character of our towns, villages, and neighbourhoods.

How will this document be used

Although the use of this report is undetermined at this stage, it provides useful information and conclusions for consideration in our future strategic land-use planning work. This includes the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and the Growth Management Strategy review.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will identify the broader land-use planning priorities for the Shoalhaven and the actions required to achieve them. It will direct future changes to Council’s planning and development controls and other planning tools, such as the Contributions Plan, to ensure facilities and services are provided to meet the community’s needs. The revised Growth Management Strategy will investigate options for future growth and urban development, while considering Shoalhaven’s natural and built environment values.

The Report also provides information on the values of the built environment, which is important information for creating planning and development controls to preserve and enhance the character of each of our towns, villages and neighbourhoods.

Further information is available in the Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report. You can also talk to a staff member at Council about the Report on 02 4429 5377, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or write to Council through the 'Q&A' tab on this page.

Identifying the character of our towns, villages, and neighbourhoods helps us to understand how each place looks and feels, how the community uses it, and how the buildings, landscape, environment, and activity interact. Knowledge of these elements is essential to inform Council’s future planning for a place, while maintaining or improving its character.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment engaged the urban design company Roberts Day to prepare a the Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report . This report identifies the existing and potential future desired character of our towns, villages, and neighbourhoods.

How will this document be used

Although the use of this report is undetermined at this stage, it provides useful information and conclusions for consideration in our future strategic land-use planning work. This includes the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and the Growth Management Strategy review.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement will identify the broader land-use planning priorities for the Shoalhaven and the actions required to achieve them. It will direct future changes to Council’s planning and development controls and other planning tools, such as the Contributions Plan, to ensure facilities and services are provided to meet the community’s needs. The revised Growth Management Strategy will investigate options for future growth and urban development, while considering Shoalhaven’s natural and built environment values.

The Report also provides information on the values of the built environment, which is important information for creating planning and development controls to preserve and enhance the character of each of our towns, villages and neighbourhoods.

Further information is available in the Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report. You can also talk to a staff member at Council about the Report on 02 4429 5377, email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or write to Council through the 'Q&A' tab on this page.

  • Final Character Assessment Report Published

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    3 months ago
    18 February 2020

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a draft Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report prepared by the urban design company Roberts Day. The feedback provided, which included comments on a broad range of matters, has been considered by Roberts Day and contributed to the final Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report.

    Although the use of the report has not been determined at this stage, it provides useful information and conclusions for consideration in our future strategic land-use planning work. This includes the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and a Growth Management Strategy review. The Report...

    18 February 2020

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a draft Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report prepared by the urban design company Roberts Day. The feedback provided, which included comments on a broad range of matters, has been considered by Roberts Day and contributed to the final Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report.

    Although the use of the report has not been determined at this stage, it provides useful information and conclusions for consideration in our future strategic land-use planning work. This includes the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and a Growth Management Strategy review. The Report also provides information on the values of the built environment; important information for creating planning and development controls to preserve and enhance the character of each of our towns, villages and neighbourhoods.
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    For information on the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement and Growth Management Strategy review visit:
  • Council’s Community Engagement Report Published

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    10 months ago

    24 July 2019

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a draft Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report prepared by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment and Roberts Day (an urban design company). In response, you provided a large amount of feedback on a broad range of matters.

    Your feedback on this document has been passed to Roberts Day for its consideration in the finalisation of the report. Your feedback has also been summarised in the Community Engagement Report prepared for the Growth Management Strategy. The project team will use this report and the...

    24 July 2019

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a draft Shoalhaven Character Assessments Report prepared by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment and Roberts Day (an urban design company). In response, you provided a large amount of feedback on a broad range of matters.

    Your feedback on this document has been passed to Roberts Day for its consideration in the finalisation of the report. Your feedback has also been summarised in the Community Engagement Report prepared for the Growth Management Strategy. The project team will use this report and the detailed feedback in the submissions as a reference check, considering this information alongside the final Character Assessment Report as the Local Strategic Planning Statement is developed.

    View the Engagement Report

    For information on the update of the Growth Management Strategy or development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement please visit the respective pages: