Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy 2019-2041

Council is seeking feedback on how the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) should grow in the future.

Council is currently seeking community feedback on the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper via a survey. Comments are also invited on the Character Assessments Report via a feedback form.

Your feedback will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

For further details on this process, please view the project timeline and the GMS Explanatory Statement.

If you are interested in this project and would like to receive updates about its progress, please subscribe via the "Stay Informed" button on this page.


What is the Growth Management Strategy?

The Growth Management Strategy (GMS) 2019-2041 will set the strategic direction for Shoalhaven for the next 20 years.

It will assist with informing:

  • How and where new housing is provided;
  • How best to protect Shoalhaven’s environmentally or culturally sensitive land from inappropriate development;
  • How best to adapt to a changing environment;
  • How best to improve the health, lifestyles and prosperity of all of Shoalhaven’s existing and future residents; and
  • Priorities for infrastructure renewal and business investment.

The GMS is a strategic document that attempts to manage the social and economic implications of future longer-term growth in the Shoalhaven LGA while protecting and preserving the region’s environmental values. The GMS is not a legal planning document but rather one that provides direction and guidance for future growth by providing options for future urban development while taking into consideration the natural values of the area.


What does the Growth Management Strategy do?

The GMS sets Council’s broad policy framework for land use planning, which will then be implemented through revisions and adjustments to local planning instruments. As such, the GMS can:

  • Set the strategic direction of the Shoalhaven LGA for the next 20 years;

  • Recommend planning changes and other actions to be specifically investigated or considered;

  • Assist with determining:

    • How and where new housing supply is provided;
    • How best to protect areas of environmentally sensitive or culturally significant land from inappropriate development;
    • How best to adapt to a changing environment;
    • Ways to improve the health, lifestyles and prosperity of all residents of Shoalhaven;
    • The best approaches to attract new residents and investment; and
    • How best to plan for and prioritise new infrastructure and renewal.

It is important to note that the GMS does not rezone or change the use of land within the LGA; rather, it identifies locations for further investigation for potential future development, subject to further detailed investigations through a public and transparent process as required by the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979.


Why is Council reviewing the Growth Management Strategy?

In December 2012, Council adopted the Shoalhaven GMS Version 1 (GMS V1) which incorporated:

  • The key outcomes of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP);
  • The strategic directions from existing endorsed structure plans and settlement strategies (Nowra-Bomaderry Structure Plan, Jervis Bay Settlement Strategy, Sussex Inlet Settlement Strategy and Milton-Ulladulla Structure Plan); and
  • Directions for the remaining settlements where no strategy or plan existed.

The GMS was adopted by Council as Version 1, with a Version 2 (now called GMS 2019-2041) to follow that would set out future actions and policy guidelines to be prepared with the community, specifically for those areas outside the existing strategy areas that were identified as having potential for future growth (Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Wandandian, Fisherman’s Paradise and Lake Tabourie).

Since then, a range of relevant strategic planning considerations have been implemented, including:

  • Finalisation of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan;
  • A range of NSW Government planning reforms, including amendments to the EP&A Act;
  • Adoption of a new Strategic Planning Works Program by Council in June 2018; and
  • Amendment of planning controls for some areas identified for future growth in GMS V1.

The GMS 2019-2041 will also reflect recent demographic changes and updated environmental constraints based on new information, in particular:

  • Updates to population forecasting (age, household structure, and the like);
  • Updated flooding data based on recently completed flood risk management studies;
  • Changes to infrastructure provision plans.


What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

As part of the recent planning reforms by the NSW Government, councils are now required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) that sets out a 20-year vision for land-use, special character and values, and how change will be managed. Shoalhaven City Council has until early 2020 to prepare the LSPS and submit this to the NSW Government for endorsement.

The LSPS will need to align with existing regional and district plans, including the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan and Council’s CSP, and must identify Shoalhaven’s planning priorities and how these are to be delivered.

The GMS 2019-2041 will inform the LSPS, so it is important for the community to be involved in shaping an inclusive and appropriate vision and future directions for the Shoalhaven LGA.

The diagram below outlines the separate components of the GMS and Local Strategic Planning Statement process.


Importance of Local Character

Local character and identity is particularly important for shaping distinctive neighbourhoods and invoking a sense of community. Council, together with the NSW State Government, engaged RobertsDay Consultants to prepare character assessments that help identify the existing and desired future character for the majority of Shoalhaven’s existing settlements.

These character assessments form an integral part of informing the GMS process and, once finalised, will be used to inform the preparation of the LSPS for Shoalhaven, and could be used to inform locality specific considerations for development, such as LEP or DCP controls.

Council is currently seeking comments on the Character Assessment Report which can be provided via the feedback form below.


Opportunities and Challenges for the Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven has many opportunities for future growth; however, is also subject to a number of challenges.

Some of the opportunities Shoalhaven presents are:

  • Unique natural setting and diversity of landscapes;
  • Amenable climate;
  • Variety of lifestyle opportunities;
  • Proximity to major cities and centres such as Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra;
  • Availability of greenfield land supply.

Some of the challenges for Shoalhaven include:

  • Accommodating an ageing population (health, transport, affordable and adaptable housing);
  • Higher levels of disadvantage (unemployment, low-income households, housing stress, homelessness);
  • Limited public transport and active transport networks; and
  • Environmental constraints such as flooding, bushfire, acid sulphate soils and coastal hazards.

Thus, it is important that future planning directions accommodate all sectors of the community and they maintain the important environmental values of Shoalhaven.


Want to Know More?

Community Information Sessions provide the opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Strategy face-to-face with Council staff. Drop-in style sessions will be held from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at the following times and venues:

  • Monday 26 November 2018 - Nowra School of Arts
  • Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Ulladulla Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 28 November 2018 - Huskisson Community Centre
  • Thursday 29 November 2018 - Berry School of Arts
  • Monday 3 December 2018 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre

To stay updated on this project - please subscribe using the "Stay Informed" button on this page.


Council is seeking feedback on how the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) should grow in the future.

Council is currently seeking community feedback on the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper via a survey. Comments are also invited on the Character Assessments Report via a feedback form.

Your feedback will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

For further details on this process, please view the project timeline and the GMS Explanatory Statement.

If you are interested in this project and would like to receive updates about its progress, please subscribe via the "Stay Informed" button on this page.


What is the Growth Management Strategy?

The Growth Management Strategy (GMS) 2019-2041 will set the strategic direction for Shoalhaven for the next 20 years.

It will assist with informing:

  • How and where new housing is provided;
  • How best to protect Shoalhaven’s environmentally or culturally sensitive land from inappropriate development;
  • How best to adapt to a changing environment;
  • How best to improve the health, lifestyles and prosperity of all of Shoalhaven’s existing and future residents; and
  • Priorities for infrastructure renewal and business investment.

The GMS is a strategic document that attempts to manage the social and economic implications of future longer-term growth in the Shoalhaven LGA while protecting and preserving the region’s environmental values. The GMS is not a legal planning document but rather one that provides direction and guidance for future growth by providing options for future urban development while taking into consideration the natural values of the area.


What does the Growth Management Strategy do?

The GMS sets Council’s broad policy framework for land use planning, which will then be implemented through revisions and adjustments to local planning instruments. As such, the GMS can:

  • Set the strategic direction of the Shoalhaven LGA for the next 20 years;

  • Recommend planning changes and other actions to be specifically investigated or considered;

  • Assist with determining:

    • How and where new housing supply is provided;
    • How best to protect areas of environmentally sensitive or culturally significant land from inappropriate development;
    • How best to adapt to a changing environment;
    • Ways to improve the health, lifestyles and prosperity of all residents of Shoalhaven;
    • The best approaches to attract new residents and investment; and
    • How best to plan for and prioritise new infrastructure and renewal.

It is important to note that the GMS does not rezone or change the use of land within the LGA; rather, it identifies locations for further investigation for potential future development, subject to further detailed investigations through a public and transparent process as required by the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979.


Why is Council reviewing the Growth Management Strategy?

In December 2012, Council adopted the Shoalhaven GMS Version 1 (GMS V1) which incorporated:

  • The key outcomes of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP);
  • The strategic directions from existing endorsed structure plans and settlement strategies (Nowra-Bomaderry Structure Plan, Jervis Bay Settlement Strategy, Sussex Inlet Settlement Strategy and Milton-Ulladulla Structure Plan); and
  • Directions for the remaining settlements where no strategy or plan existed.

The GMS was adopted by Council as Version 1, with a Version 2 (now called GMS 2019-2041) to follow that would set out future actions and policy guidelines to be prepared with the community, specifically for those areas outside the existing strategy areas that were identified as having potential for future growth (Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Wandandian, Fisherman’s Paradise and Lake Tabourie).

Since then, a range of relevant strategic planning considerations have been implemented, including:

  • Finalisation of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan;
  • A range of NSW Government planning reforms, including amendments to the EP&A Act;
  • Adoption of a new Strategic Planning Works Program by Council in June 2018; and
  • Amendment of planning controls for some areas identified for future growth in GMS V1.

The GMS 2019-2041 will also reflect recent demographic changes and updated environmental constraints based on new information, in particular:

  • Updates to population forecasting (age, household structure, and the like);
  • Updated flooding data based on recently completed flood risk management studies;
  • Changes to infrastructure provision plans.


What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

As part of the recent planning reforms by the NSW Government, councils are now required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) that sets out a 20-year vision for land-use, special character and values, and how change will be managed. Shoalhaven City Council has until early 2020 to prepare the LSPS and submit this to the NSW Government for endorsement.

The LSPS will need to align with existing regional and district plans, including the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan and Council’s CSP, and must identify Shoalhaven’s planning priorities and how these are to be delivered.

The GMS 2019-2041 will inform the LSPS, so it is important for the community to be involved in shaping an inclusive and appropriate vision and future directions for the Shoalhaven LGA.

The diagram below outlines the separate components of the GMS and Local Strategic Planning Statement process.


Importance of Local Character

Local character and identity is particularly important for shaping distinctive neighbourhoods and invoking a sense of community. Council, together with the NSW State Government, engaged RobertsDay Consultants to prepare character assessments that help identify the existing and desired future character for the majority of Shoalhaven’s existing settlements.

These character assessments form an integral part of informing the GMS process and, once finalised, will be used to inform the preparation of the LSPS for Shoalhaven, and could be used to inform locality specific considerations for development, such as LEP or DCP controls.

Council is currently seeking comments on the Character Assessment Report which can be provided via the feedback form below.


Opportunities and Challenges for the Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven has many opportunities for future growth; however, is also subject to a number of challenges.

Some of the opportunities Shoalhaven presents are:

  • Unique natural setting and diversity of landscapes;
  • Amenable climate;
  • Variety of lifestyle opportunities;
  • Proximity to major cities and centres such as Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra;
  • Availability of greenfield land supply.

Some of the challenges for Shoalhaven include:

  • Accommodating an ageing population (health, transport, affordable and adaptable housing);
  • Higher levels of disadvantage (unemployment, low-income households, housing stress, homelessness);
  • Limited public transport and active transport networks; and
  • Environmental constraints such as flooding, bushfire, acid sulphate soils and coastal hazards.

Thus, it is important that future planning directions accommodate all sectors of the community and they maintain the important environmental values of Shoalhaven.


Want to Know More?

Community Information Sessions provide the opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Strategy face-to-face with Council staff. Drop-in style sessions will be held from 3.30pm to 6.30pm at the following times and venues:

  • Monday 26 November 2018 - Nowra School of Arts
  • Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Ulladulla Civic Centre
  • Wednesday 28 November 2018 - Huskisson Community Centre
  • Thursday 29 November 2018 - Berry School of Arts
  • Monday 3 December 2018 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre

To stay updated on this project - please subscribe using the "Stay Informed" button on this page.


  • Growth Management Strategy Discussion Paper Survey

    Council is asking the community to think about how the Shoalhaven should grow in the future. 

    Your feedback on the GMS Discussion Paper will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

    The survey is open from Wednesday, 7 November 2018, and will close at 5.00pm Friday, 7 December 2018.

    Council is asking the community to think about how the Shoalhaven should grow in the future. 

    Your feedback on the GMS Discussion Paper will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

    The survey is open from Wednesday, 7 November 2018, and will close at 5.00pm Friday, 7 December 2018.

    Take Survey
  • Character Assessments Feedback Form

    Community members are invited to provide feedback on the Character Assessment Report via the form below. 

    Your feedback on the Character Assessments will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

    Feedback is invited from Wednesday, 7 November 2018, up until 5.00pm Friday, 7 December 2018.

    Community members are invited to provide feedback on the Character Assessment Report via the form below. 

    Your feedback on the Character Assessments will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019-2041, which will be presented to the community in 2019 for review and comment.

    Feedback is invited from Wednesday, 7 November 2018, up until 5.00pm Friday, 7 December 2018.

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