Planning for Growth in Nowra-Bomaderry

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The Nowra Bomaderry Structure Plan (NBSP) 2006 identified several new living areas to be released in the Nowra-Bomaderry area over a 25 year period.

These later became Urban Release Areas (URAs) with the commencement of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014.

The Nowra-Bomaderry URAs are recognised in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan as being regionally significant release areas.

Development Phasing Plan

Phase 1 – Mundamia and Worrigee

  • Planning phase complete.
  • Mundamia DCP adopted by Council on 14 October 2014 and commenced 22 October 2014. Approx. 720 dwellings (NBSP).
  • Worrigee DCP was adopted by Council on 1 March 2016 and commenced 5

The Nowra Bomaderry Structure Plan (NBSP) 2006 identified several new living areas to be released in the Nowra-Bomaderry area over a 25 year period.

These later became Urban Release Areas (URAs) with the commencement of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014.

The Nowra-Bomaderry URAs are recognised in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan as being regionally significant release areas.

Development Phasing Plan

Phase 1 – Mundamia and Worrigee

  • Planning phase complete.
  • Mundamia DCP adopted by Council on 14 October 2014 and commenced 22 October 2014. Approx. 720 dwellings (NBSP).
  • Worrigee DCP was adopted by Council on 1 March 2016 and commenced 5 August 2016 respectively. Approx. 144 dwellings.

Phase 2 – Moss Vale Road South and Moss Vale Road North

  • Moss Vale Road South planning complete. The DCP was adopted by Council on 28 August 2018 and commenced on 26 September 2018. Approx. 950 dwellings (Illawarra Shoalhaven Urban Development Update 2016).
  • Moss Vale Road North planning is currently underway (expected to be completed in the next 12-18 months). Expected 2,500 - 3,000 dwellings.

Phase 3 – Cabbage Tree Lane

  • Land is zoned but no timeframe for planning phase to commence.
  • The timing for Phase 3 depends on a number of factors including land availability, provision of infrastructure and demand for land. It will then need to be included in Council’s Strategic Planning Works Program, adopted at the start of each new financial year.
  • Approx. 2,180 dwellings (NBSP).

Phase 4 – Crams Road

  • Land is zoned but no timeframe for planning phase to commence.
  • The timing for Phase 4 depends on a number of factors including land availability, provision of infrastructure and demand for land. It will then need to be included in Council’s Strategic Planning Works Program, adopted at the start of each new financial year.
  • Final lot yield to be determined following Warrah Road Planning Proposal.

Current Planning Phase – Moss Vale Road North URA

Before land can be released for development, Council must first prepare and finalise a site-specific Development Control Plan (DCP) and Contributions Plan (CP) and ensure satisfactory arrangements have been made for State and Public Utility Infrastructure. This is a requirement under Part 6 of Shoalhaven LEP 2014.

Planning for growth in these areas is important because of the increasing demand in the housing market, changing household trends and an ageing population. As a result, there is a strong desire and need to provide greater housing supply and choice in the market.

Through the detailed planning for Moss Vale Road North URA, Council will encourage a range of lot sizes, housing types and densities to ensure that this new living area meets the changing housing needs of the community.

The draft DCP will set out the desired future character for the new living area, taking advantage of its unique landscapes and views and provide access to open space, tree-lined boulevards and enhanced transport networks, including active transport.

The detailed planning for Moss Vale Road North is expected to be completed within the next 12-18 months.

The Moss Vale Road North URA is currently at Stage 7 of below process:


  • Outcome of Council Meeting – Planning for Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area

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    On Tuesday 13 July 2021 Council’s Development and Environment Committee considered a report on the planning for the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area, where it was resolved that Council (MIN21.447):

    1. Endorse the continued preparation and advancement of a Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan, and proposed Development Contributions Framework, including consultation with relevant NSW Government Agencies (NSW Rural Fire Service & NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator).

    2. Delegate authority to the CEO (Director – City Futures) to make necessary changes to the Planning Proposal and draft Development Control Plan to reflect the outcomes of the remaining Agency Consultation and technical studies as they are completed.

    3. Receive a further detailed report on the proposed Development Contributions Framework (list of costed infrastructure and options to secure funding) when prepared.

    4. Publicly exhibit the Planning Proposal and draft Development Control Plan, as amended, for a minimum of 28 days.

    5. Receive a further report on the results of the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal and draft Development Control Plan and the work required to finalise these documents.

    6. Endorse the public exhibition of suburb naming options (Badagarang and Gumbeengang) for a minimum of 28 days and receive a further report on the results of the public exhibition and the work required to settle new suburb arrangements.

    7. Advise affected and adjoining landowners and relevant Community Consultative Bodies of this decision and associated public exhibitions).

    The full report considered by the Committee is available at Council’s Agendas and Minutes web page.

  • Commencement of Amendments to LEP, DCP and Contributions Plan – PP054 Riparian Land at Taylors Lane, Cambewarra

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    Commencement of Amendments to Shoalhaven LEP 2014, Shoalhaven DCP 2014 and Contributions Plan 2019 – PP054 Riparian Land at Taylors Lane, Cambewarra

    Council considered the exhibition outcomes of Planning Proposal PP054 at the Development and Environment Committee meeting on Tuesday, 1 June 2021. Council resolved to finalise the LEP Amendment and supporting amendments to the Development Control Plan and Contributions Plan. A copy of the resolution is available on Council's Agendas and Minutes web page.

    The amendment to Shoalhaven LEP 2014 was notified on the NSW Legislation Website on Friday, 16 July 2021. The amendment rezones part of a riparian corridor on Lot 1 DP 949932 Taylors Lane, Cambewarra, from Zone E2 Environmental Conservation to Zone R1 General Residential to enable residential development. It also:

    • reclassifies a watercourse on the riparian lands and watercourses map
    • reduces minimum lot size on the rezoned land to enable subdivision from 500sqm generally and from 300sqm in certain locations
    • includes the rezoned land within the Moss Vale Road South urban release area boundary.

    The supporting amendments to Shoalhaven Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014 Chapter NB3: Moss Vale Road South URA and Shoalhaven Contributions Plan (CP) 2019 also commenced on Friday, 16 July 2021. The amendments to the DCP and CP include the rezoned land in the Moss Vale Road South indicative layout plan, staging plan and catchment area for roads, drainage and passive recreation projects at Moss Vale Road South URA.

  • Notification of Council Meeting – Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area

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    An update on the planning for the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area is expected to be considered at Council’s Development and Environment Committee on Tuesday 13 July 2021.

    A copy of the report is available on Council's Agenda and Minutes web page.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:00pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at Council’s Administration Building. Due to COVID-19 requirements at this time, check in and wearing masks are mandatory, as are physical distancing requirements. As such the Council Chambers have limited space available for the public, however you can view the meeting live on Council’s Stream a Council Meeting web page.

    Information on making a deputation can be found on the Deputations web page or directed to the Governance Unit on (02) 4429 3111.

    A presentation given to Moss Vale Road North landowners on Friday 9 July is also available here and in the Document Library on this web page.

  • Advice of Council Meeting - Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 - Planning Proposal PP054 Rezoning of Riparian Land at Taylors Lane, Cambewarra – Exhibition Outcomes

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    A report on PP054 Rezoning of Riparian Land at Taylors Lane, Cambewarra (Moss Vale Road South Urban Release Area) is anticipated to be considered at Council’s Development and Environment Committee on Tuesday, 1 June 2021. The report will consider the public exhibition outcomes and proposed finalisation of the Planning Proposal (PP). A copy of the exhibited PP and supporting documentation is available on the Documents on Exhibition web page.

    A copy of the report will be available on Council's Agendas and Minutes web page on the Thursday afternoon before the meeting.

    The meeting commences at 5.00pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at Council’s Administrative Building. Due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements, the Council Chambers have limited space available for the public. You can however view the meeting live, or following the meeting, through the Stream a Council Meeting web page.

    Information about making a deputation can be found on the Deputations web page. For any enquiries regarding this PP call the Governance Unit on (02) 4429 3111.

  • Finalisation - Planning Proposal to Amend Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan

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    Amendment No. 39 to Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 was notified on the NSW Legislation website on Friday 19 March 2021.

    The amendment affects land within the Moss Vale Road South Urban Release Area (URA) and provides greater flexibility in where ‘small lots’ (being lots generally in the range of 300sqm to 500sqm in size) can be provided under Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven LEP 2014. The amended clause and maps can be found in Shoalhaven Local Environment Plan 2014.

    A consequential Development Control Plan amendment to Chapter NB3 Moss Vale Road South URA also came into effect on 9 December 2020. The amendment deleted the requirement for small lots to adjoin land reserved for public open space (either directly or separated by a road) or be located along a tree-lined boulevard. The Chapter is available in Shoalhaven Development Control Plan 2014.

  • Moss Vale Road North URA Update – Gateway Determination for Planning Proposal

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    A Gateway determination for the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area (URA) Planning Proposal (PP) was received from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on 21 December 2020.

    A copy of the Gateway determination, PP and supporting documents are available on DPIE’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Tracking website.

    The Gateway determination authorises Council to proceed with the PP subject to conditions, including undertaking consultation with a number of State government agencies and organisations.

    Council are also progressing the draft Development Control Plan (DCP) and infrastructure contributions plans for the release area. Once these plans are drafted, they will be reported to Council for consideration prior to the formal public exhibition period. It is intended for the PP, DCP and contributions framework to be exhibited as a package later in the year.

  • Outcome of Council Meeting – Exhibition Outcomes – Planning Proposal to Amend Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014

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    On Tuesday 1 December 2020 Council’s Development and Environment Committee considered a report on a Planning Proposal (PP) to amend Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014. It was resolved (MIN20.886) that Council:

    1. Adopt and finalise Planning Proposal (PP055) as exhibited.
    2. Forward PP055 to the NSW Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to draft the amendment to Shoalhaven LEP 2014.
    3. Make the resulting amendment to Shoalhaven LEP 2014 using Council’s delegation.
    4. Adopt and finalise the amendment to Shoalhaven DCP 2014 Chapter NB3: Moss Vale Road South Urban Release Area as exhibited and give the required public notice advising of its commencement date.
    5. Advise all affected and adjoining landowners, the Cambewarra Residents and Ratepayers Association and development industry representatives of this decision, and when the LEP and DCP amendments will be made effective.

    The full report, considered by the Committee, it is available on Council’s Agenda and Minutes web page.

  • Advice of Council Meeting – Exhibition Outcomes – Planning Proposal to Amend Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014

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    The exhibition outcomes report for the Planning Proposal (PP) to amend Clause 4.1H of Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 is anticipated to be considered at Council’s Development and Environment Committee on Tuesday 1 December 2020. A copy of the PP and supporting documentation is available on the Documents on Exhibition web page.

    A copy of the report will be available on Council's Agendas and Minutes web page.

    The meeting will be live-streamed online, commencing at 5pm. Information about accessing the live stream can be found on the Stream a Council Meeting web page.

    Information about making a deputation can be found on the Deputations web page or directed to the Governance Team on (02) 4429 3316.

  • Outcome of October 2020 Council Meeting

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    On Tuesday 6 October 2020 Council’s Development & Environment Committee considered a report on the progress of planning for the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area where it was resolved (MIN20.712) that Council:

    1. Endorse the preparation of a Planning Proposal to amend the provisions and mapping in Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan 2014 relating to the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area as outlined in Table 2 of this report.

    2. That the Planning Proposal initially identify both options (Council one and relevant landowner one) for the proposed ‘local centre’ and associated zones/provisions, noting that Council will engage an independent report post Gateway from an agreed consultancy to assess both options to identify the optimal location for the commercial/retail centre that will be included in the Planning Proposal before exhibition.

    3. Submit the Planning Proposal to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for a Gateway determination.

    4. Adopt the proposed Indicative Layout Plan provided as Figure 1 as the basis for developing detailed Development Control Plan Chapter and a development contributions framework for the release area.

    5. Not proceed with an application for strategic Biodiversity Certification of the release area and continue to consider opportunities for managed biodiversity outcomes.

    6. Receive a further report on the outcomes of the Gateway determination, draft Development Control Plan Chapters, development contribution framework, and various other planning matters relating to the delivery of the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area.

    Should you wish to review the full report considered by the Committee, it is available on Council’s website at www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Council/Meetings/Agendas-Minutes



  • Notification of Council Meeting – Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area – Progressing Planning for Release

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    A report on the progress of planning for the Moss Vale Road North Urban Release Area is anticipated to be considered at Council’s Development and Environment Committee on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

    A copy of the report will be available on Council’s website.

    The meeting will be live streamed online, commencing at 5pm. Information about accessing the live stream can be found on the Stream a Council Meeting web page.

    Information about making a deputation can be found on the Deputations web page or directed to the Governance Team on (02) 4429 3316.