Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy 2019-2041

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

Community feedback was recently sought by Council on the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper via a survey which closed on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. Comments were also invited on the Character Assessments Report via a feedback form which closed on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

This 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, 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?

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

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

Community feedback was recently sought by Council on the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper via a survey which closed on Wednesday, 2 January 2019. Comments were also invited on the Character Assessments Report via a feedback form which closed on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

This 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, 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?

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

  • Exhibition Period Extended to 2 January 2019

    7 months ago

    Please be advised that the exhibition of the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper and accompanying Draft Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report has been extended from Friday 7 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019.

    Thank you to all members of the community who have already provided feedback.

    If you have not yet provided feedback, please visit the "Provide Feedback" tab on this project page.

    Hardcopies of the documents are also available from Council’s Administration Offices, 36 Bridge Road Nowra and 14 Deering Street Ulladulla (please note Council’s offices will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018...

    Please be advised that the exhibition of the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy (GMS) Discussion Paper and accompanying Draft Shoalhaven Character Assessment Report has been extended from Friday 7 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019.

    Thank you to all members of the community who have already provided feedback.

    If you have not yet provided feedback, please visit the "Provide Feedback" tab on this project page.

    Hardcopies of the documents are also available from Council’s Administration Offices, 36 Bridge Road Nowra and 14 Deering Street Ulladulla (please note Council’s offices will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 and re-opening on Wednesday 2 January 2019).

    Comments on the two documents are welcomed and can be provided by completing the two surveys located on the Get Involved project page, by sending an email to council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or by posting comments to: The General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, NOWRA 2541.

    For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Strategy Team on (02) 4429 5377.

  • Drop-in Session Rescheduled for Huskisson Community Centre

    8 months ago

    The Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy Drop-in Session at Huskisson Community Centre has been rescheduled to be held on Thursday 6 December, from 3.30 - 6.30pm.

    The drop in session was originally planned for Wednesday 28 November 2018 but was cancelled due to various weather warnings being issued on the day for heavy rain, wind and possible flash flooding.

    For further information regarding the drop in sessions or Growth Management Strategy project, please contact the Shoalhaven City Council Strategic Planning Team on Tel: 02 4429 5377

    The Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy Drop-in Session at Huskisson Community Centre has been rescheduled to be held on Thursday 6 December, from 3.30 - 6.30pm.

    The drop in session was originally planned for Wednesday 28 November 2018 but was cancelled due to various weather warnings being issued on the day for heavy rain, wind and possible flash flooding.

    For further information regarding the drop in sessions or Growth Management Strategy project, please contact the Shoalhaven City Council Strategic Planning Team on Tel: 02 4429 5377

  • Cancellation Notification | Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy Drop-in Session at Huskisson Community Centre

    by Rianna Burgess, 8 months ago

    28 November 2018 - 3:10pm

    The community is advised that due to inclement weather, the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy Drop-in Session today at Huskisson Community Centre is now cancelled.

    Council will advise if this session can be rescheduled.

    For further information, please contact the Shoalhaven City Council Strategic Planning Team on: 02 4429 5377.


    28 November 2018 - 3:10pm

    The community is advised that due to inclement weather, the Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy Drop-in Session today at Huskisson Community Centre is now cancelled.

    Council will advise if this session can be rescheduled.

    For further information, please contact the Shoalhaven City Council Strategic Planning Team on: 02 4429 5377.


  • Attend a Community Information Session

    6 months ago
    NOTE: The information sessions have concluded.

    November 2018

    Community members are invited to attend a number of information sessions being held in November and December 2018. The 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 - cancelled due to inclement weather
    • Thursday 29 November 2018 - Berry School of Arts
    • Monday 3 December 2018 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre
    • Thursday 6 December 2018 - Huskisson Community Centre (rescheduled)

    November 2018

    Community members are invited to attend a number of information sessions being held in November and December 2018. The 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 - cancelled due to inclement weather
    • Thursday 29 November 2018 - Berry School of Arts
    • Monday 3 December 2018 - Sussex Inlet Community Centre
    • Thursday 6 December 2018 - Huskisson Community Centre (rescheduled)