Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy 2019-2041

Council is updating its Growth Management Strategy. This strategic land-use document was originally completed in 2014 and guides the future growth of Shoalhaven. It examines the number and type of new homes needed by the community over the next 20 years. It also addresses:

  • The location of new homes to:

    • Provide good access to jobs, shops and services, and

    • Protect environmentally sensitive and culturally significant land.

  • Initiatives to make housing easier to afford.

Council is updating the Strategy to reflect:

  • Updated population information

  • Changes to planning legislation

  • Completion of actions (in the current Strategy), and

  • New information about environmental constraints such as flooding.

The updated document will be known as the Growth Management Strategy 2019-2041. It will not be a legal document that zones land or sets planning and development controls. Instead it will provide options for future growth and urban development while considering Shoalhaven’s natural and built values. The recommendations of the final Strategy, once adopted, will be implemented as required in future reviews of Council’s planning and development controls.


Find Out More

Further information is available in:

You can also talk with us about the Strategy on 02 4429 5377, email us at council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or use the “Question & Answer” section on this page.


Stay Informed

Subscribe for updates on the progress of this project via the “Stay Informed” function on this page.


Council is updating its Growth Management Strategy. This strategic land-use document was originally completed in 2014 and guides the future growth of Shoalhaven. It examines the number and type of new homes needed by the community over the next 20 years. It also addresses:

  • The location of new homes to:

    • Provide good access to jobs, shops and services, and

    • Protect environmentally sensitive and culturally significant land.

  • Initiatives to make housing easier to afford.

Council is updating the Strategy to reflect:

  • Updated population information

  • Changes to planning legislation

  • Completion of actions (in the current Strategy), and

  • New information about environmental constraints such as flooding.

The updated document will be known as the Growth Management Strategy 2019-2041. It will not be a legal document that zones land or sets planning and development controls. Instead it will provide options for future growth and urban development while considering Shoalhaven’s natural and built values. The recommendations of the final Strategy, once adopted, will be implemented as required in future reviews of Council’s planning and development controls.


Find Out More

Further information is available in:

You can also talk with us about the Strategy on 02 4429 5377, email us at council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, or use the “Question & Answer” section on this page.


Stay Informed

Subscribe for updates on the progress of this project via the “Stay Informed” function on this page.


  • Community Engagement Report Published

    4 months ago

    24 July 2019

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a discussion paper to help inform the preparation of an updated Growth Management Strategy.

    This paper explored where and how growth could occur and which areas and values should be protected. The paper provided information on Shoalhaven’s changing community and the opportunities and challenges the City is likely to experience over the next 20 years.

    The project team spoke with many people between November 2018 and January 2019 and collected 166 submissions. The community provided a large amount of feedback on a broad range of matters. This feedback...

    24 July 2019

    In November 2018, Council asked for your feedback on a discussion paper to help inform the preparation of an updated Growth Management Strategy.

    This paper explored where and how growth could occur and which areas and values should be protected. The paper provided information on Shoalhaven’s changing community and the opportunities and challenges the City is likely to experience over the next 20 years.

    The project team spoke with many people between November 2018 and January 2019 and collected 166 submissions. The community provided a large amount of feedback on a broad range of matters. This feedback has been summarised in a Community Engagement Report. Council will use this report and the detailed feedback in the submissions as a reference, considering this information as the project team update the Growth Management Strategy and develop the broader Local Strategic Planning Statement.

    View the Engagement Report

    For information on the development of the Local Strategic Planning Statement, please visit the project page.

  • Update on the Review of the Growth Management Strategy

    4 months ago

    23 July 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council asked for your feedback on a Discussion Paper (pdf 3.7MB) about the update of the Growth Management Strategy. This Paper was exhibited between November 2018 - January 2019, with the opportunity to provide feedback on it ending in January 2019.

    The project team is currently reviewing the responses received and will publish an Engagement Report in July 2019. This report will summarise the feedback received. The matters identified in the submissions will be used to inform the preparation of a draft updated Strategy. Council intends to publicly exhibit and seek your feedback on a...

    23 July 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council asked for your feedback on a Discussion Paper (pdf 3.7MB) about the update of the Growth Management Strategy. This Paper was exhibited between November 2018 - January 2019, with the opportunity to provide feedback on it ending in January 2019.

    The project team is currently reviewing the responses received and will publish an Engagement Report in July 2019. This report will summarise the feedback received. The matters identified in the submissions will be used to inform the preparation of a draft updated Strategy. Council intends to publicly exhibit and seek your feedback on a draft updated Strategy early next year (2020).

    Shoalhaven Character Assessments

    Council also 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).

    Your feedback on this document has been passed to Roberts Day for its consideration.

    A separate webpage has been created for this project. To stay informed, please visit the Shoalhaven Character Assessments page and subscribe for updates via the “Stay Informed” link on the page.

    Local Strategic Planning Statement

    Council is also developing a Local Strategic Planning Statement, a new strategic land-use policy document setting out how Council will meet the community’s needs over the next 20 years. This Statement will explain the basis for strategic planning with regards to economic, social and environmental matters. It covers how Council anticipates the City will change and the infrastructure and services required by the community.

    This means the Statement will address a broad range of matters such as:

    • Housing supply, diversity and affordability
    • Employment and economic growth
    • Environmental protection
    • Preserving the character of towns and villages, and
    • Infrastructure and service provision.

    Your feedback on the Growth Management Discussion Paper and Character Assessment Report will be considered as the Local Strategic Planning Statement is developed.

    A separate webpage has also been created for this project. To stay informed, please visit the Local Strategic Planning Statement project page and subscribe for updates via the “Stay Informed” link on the page.

  • Progress Update

    4 months ago

    17 July 2019

    The update of the Strategy commenced by asking for your feedback on a Discussion Paper (pdf 3.7MB). This paper was exhibited between November 2018 and January 2019, with the opportunity to provide feedback on it ending in January 2019.

    The project team is currently reviewing the responses received and will publish an Engagement Report in July 2019. This report will summarise the feedback received. The matters identified in the submissions will be used to inform the preparation of a draft updated Strategy.

    Council intends to publicly exhibit and seek your feedback on a...

    17 July 2019

    The update of the Strategy commenced by asking for your feedback on a Discussion Paper (pdf 3.7MB). This paper was exhibited between November 2018 and January 2019, with the opportunity to provide feedback on it ending in January 2019.

    The project team is currently reviewing the responses received and will publish an Engagement Report in July 2019. This report will summarise the feedback received. The matters identified in the submissions will be used to inform the preparation of a draft updated Strategy.

    Council intends to publicly exhibit and seek your feedback on a draft updated Strategy early next year (2020). An indicative timeframe for the update of the Strategy is provided on the right-hand side of the project page.

  • Exhibition Period Extended to 2 January 2019

    12 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

    12 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, 12 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

    10 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)