Our recent amalgamation provides an opportunity to re-think how Council plans for land use, conservation and development outside towns and villages, recognising the importance of rural and natural areas to the Local Government Area’s communities, and economies.
We recognise that very different approaches were taken in each of the former local government areas and that many of the relevant policies need to be updated to reflect more contemporary industry practices and community expectations.
The ROLUS is intended to provide a unified and relevant basis for planning in rural areas in the coming decades
MidCoast Council has engaged a team of consultants to prepare a Rural Opportunities and Land Use Strategy (“ROLUS”) to support ecologically sustainable development outside our towns and villages, throughout the MidCoast Local Government Area .
The ROLUS will be used as a basis for Council's future planning and in particular, to prepare and implement planning controls through a new MidCoast Local Environmental Plan (“LEP”) and Development Control Plan (“DCP”).
The ROLUS team is currently undertaking background research and consultation to establish an evidence base for the strategy.
The purpose of this stage of the project is to work with stakeholders to identify and collect relevant information (e.g. data sources) and consider the challenges or opportunities anticipated for development in rural areas in the coming decades.