Studies & Strategies


On this page we have placed all of the planning studies and strategies from the former three Council regions, as well as the new ones being prepared for MidCoast Council. 


MidCoast Council-wide

Rural Economic Diversity Strategy

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Housing Diversity and Affordability Strategy (HDAS)

Council at its’ Ordinary Meeting on 28 June 2017 resolved as follows:
105/17     RESOLVED (Turner) (as per recommendation)
That a brief be prepared, based on the scope and outcomes set out in the report, and consultants engaged to prepare a Housing Diversity and Affordability Strategy for MidCoast Council.
The HDAS is expected to be commenced in the next 6 months (as resources permit) and is expected to take 12-18 months to complete. The HDAS will involve significant consultation with our community during its development.
The scope of this strategy is as follows:
·    Respond to the directions of the Hunter Regional Plan relating to housing diversity;
·    review the current type and form of housing area;
·    assess appropriate lot sizes to deliver diversity;
·    review demographic trends and policies to determine whether the current style of housing will effectively provide for the housing needs of the future population;
·    identify the types and form of housing that will be of benefit to the future population;
·    determine whether there are any gaps in the housing needs of the existing and future population;
·    identify practical means of achieving a greater variety in form and type of housing for the future population and satisfying special needs groups;
·    identify opportunities for maximising residential densities (in appropriate locations);
·    identify planning measures to ensure that the desired urban form and densities for residential precincts are practically achieved;
·    identify key needs and issues in regard to greater access to affordable housing;
·    identify what strategies Council can implement in order to address affordable housing needs and issues;
·    detail a strategic action plan to deliver sustainable affordable housing options;
·    recommend modifications to Council's planning instruments to better achieve affordable housing;
·    assess the affordability of housing in the Study Area for a broad demographic and socio-economic range including, young and single parent families, the unemployed and the retired; and
·    investigate mechanism to achieve better affordability of housing for disadvantaged groups.

Manning Health/Taree CBD Precinct Strategy

Content coming soon.

Former Manning Region

Endorsed Strategies

Non-Endorsed Strategies

Draft Manning Valley Local Strategy

With an on-going commitment to continue planning for each of its former council areas, MidCoast Council gave the Draft Manning Valley Local Strategy the green light to proceed to community consultation. During June, we discussed our vision with the local community and we are currently reviewing the feedback received.

Based on feedback, some changes to the draft strategy are proposed. Once the strategy is finalised the vision will become our long term "blue-print" for the Manning Valley. 

Have you wondered what the Manning Valley might look like in 20 years? The draft strategy details opportunities that can be pursued in the next four years which will enable our community to grow and evolve into the future. The focus is on:

The draft local strategy provides clear priorities for future planning. It documents a four year plan for working with local communities to achieve growth and economic development, while protecting our natural environment. By updating planning controls we’re seeking greater flexibility in meeting the needs of our changing community.

Would you like to know more?

Have a read of the draft Manning Valley Local Strategy(PDF, 21MB)

Former Great Lakes Region

Forster/Tuncurry Employment Land Implementation Strategy

The Forster Tuncurry Employment Lands Implementation Strategy was adopted by Council on 10 November 2009.  The Strategy was prepared by Hill PDA Consultants on behalf of Great Lakes Council to provide Council with a clear framework on which to plan the provision of areas for employment related activities, specifically retail, bulky goods, commercial and industrial, over the next 25 years in the Forster Tuncurry area.

A main purpose of the Strategy was to identify and recommend ways to attract a diverse range of employment generating businesses to Forster-Tuncurry.  To this end a range of planning, social, financial and marketing mechanisms were recommended.

South Forster Structure Plan

Adopted in 2007, the South Forster Structure Plan will guide the location of services and facilities (such as shopping, open space, drainage and community facilities), wildlife corridors, roads, residential densities, and pedestrian and cyclist routes as vacant land is rezoned and developed.

Due to the large size of the Plan it is not available to download in its entirety. However, a copy of the Executive Summary is available.  If you require a full copy of the South Forster Structure Plan, please contact Council.

Forster/Tuncurry Housing Strategy

The aim of the Strategy is to provide detailed information relating to housing supply and demand, including the housing needs of the future population. It is used to guide decisions on:

  • Residential densities in new urban areas.
  • Changes to residential zones.
  • Residential lot sizes and building controls.
  • Neighbourhood design.
  • Opportunities for affordable housing.

Council adopted the Forster/Tuncurry Housing Strategy subject to amendments on 12 December 2006.

Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest Housing Strategy

Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest is an environmentally sensitive coastal location with a range of constraints affecting future housing development. The strategy provides a framework for the provision of future housing within Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest,  and is based on the following principles:

  • Reinforce and consolidate existing commercial centres.
  • Establish focal points for developments.
  • Encourage higher residential densities around focal points.
  • Protect natural features.
  • Restrict incompatible development.
  • Restrict inefficient use of land.
  • Maintain connections with existing towns.
  • Reduce reliance on cars.
  • Consider future technologies.

A number of mechanisms to maximise housing opportunities are recommended in the Strategy. Future housing diversity, dwelling density yields and housing affordability are also recommended in the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest Housing Strategy, which was adopted by Council on 28 November 2006.

Former Gloucester Region

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