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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    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 11.59pm Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

    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 11.59pm Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

    Take Survey
  • CLOSED: Feedback on the Character Assessments has closed.

    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 11.59pm Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

    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 11.59pm Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

    Complete Form