What is the GMS?

The Shoalhaven Growth Management Strategy (GMS) is a strategic document that is intended to guide the future growth of Shoalhaven to accommodate its growing population, while maintaining and protecting the social, economic and environmental values of the City. 


How does the GMS work?

The GMS sets the policy framework for land use planning throughout Shoalhaven, which will be implemented through adjustments to local planning controls in the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 and Shoalhaven Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014.

The GMS does not itself rezone or change the use of land, rather, it identifies suitable locations for future investigation for potential future development to realise the growth priorities for the City. 

Why has Council prepared a Discussion Paper for the GMS?

The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to initiate a discussion within the local community, and between the community and Council, to determine if the policy directions outlined in the GMS Version 1 are still valid, and if further refinement of these policies is required.

The GMS 2019-2041 Discussion Paper looks at where we are now, where we want to be and asks how we get there.  The GMS 2019-2041 Discussion Paper asks the community to think about how the Shoalhaven LGA should grow in the future, in particular:

·  Where and how should growth occur?

·  Which areas should be protected and why?

·  What trade-offs are acceptable to achieve desired outcomes?

What happens after the exhibition of the Discussion Paper?

The feedback gathered from the community and stakeholders will inform the preparation of the draft GMS 2019 – 2041, which will be presented for the community for review and comment.  The GMS 2019-2041 will then, in turn, inform the preparation of a Local Strategic Planning Statement that focuses on the vision and priorities for land use in Shoalhaven.

What is a Local Strategic Planning Statement?

Recent amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EP&A) Act 1979 place greater emphasis on Strategic Planning for local areas, with all local councils now required to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), which will focus on the vision and priorities for land use within the local area. The LSPS for Shoalhaven will be a succinct and easy to understand document that will allow the community to contribute to, and understand the future direction of, land use for the City. The LSPS will also identify planning priorities for the local area, such as the provisions of housing and employment lands, environmental conservation, and the like, and how these are to be delivered. 

What is the purpose of the Character Assessments prepared by RobertsDay?

The Character Assessments provide a summary of existing place character for 57 of Shoalhaven’s key settlements and describe the ideal future character for each. The Character Assessments will form an important part of determining the most appropriate future direction for development within each settlement, which will then, in turn, inform the future directions for the GMS 2019-2041 and the Local Strategic Planning Statement. 

Does the GMS rezone land?

No.

The GMS does not itself rezone or change the use of land, rather, it identifies suitable locations for future investigation for potential future development.

Will the GMS enable rezoning or further subdivision of my rural land?

No.

The GMS does not itself rezone or change the use of land, rather, it identifies suitable locations for future investigation for potential future development. There are some rural areas that have previously been identified as potentially suitable for accommodating future urban expansion; however, it is important to note that these areas are subject to detailed future investigation that will determine whether or not the land is capable of being developed more intensively in the future. 

Can I nominate my rural land to be considered for future rezoning?

No.

At this point, Council does not intend to consider rezoning any rural land outside of that previously identified in the GMS Version 1.