We're currently zoning in on the zones used for planning across the MidCoast region, and part of this process involves developing a plan for Taree's CBD and health precinct.
The precinct under the spotlight is in the strategic centre of Taree and is the main commercial and health area for the northern part of MidCoast Council. The area is bounded by:
- Commerce Street to the west
- The Manning River to the south
- Browns Creek to the east
- And the north coast railway/Wrigley Park to the north
A broad range of medical and general businesses are located in this area, as well as residential properties. Key features include:
- Manning Rural Referral Hospital
- Two large shopping centres
- A primary and high school
- Six parks, including a regional cricket ground and stadium
- Taree library
- Manning Regional Art Gallery
- A thriving café/restaurant area centred on Victoria Street
- The Manning River foreshore area, a focal point for celebrations such as New Year’s Eve Fireworks
- The Manning River, home to a range of water sports and water-based events, including the Easter Powerboat Spectacular, rowing, sailing and dragon boating
- Fotheringham Park, which is earmarked for the region’s first all abilities playground, Livvi’s Place
Why is the Taree CBD area under review?
Reviewing the planning controls that apply in the precinct, including zoning, height and lot size, will allow us to take a more holistic approach to creating a central hub, reflective of Taree’s status as a Strategic Centre in the Hunter Regional Plan 2036. The opportunity exists to plan for a hub that is home to more medical-related facilities around the hospital, a thriving and growing CBD area, more residents living in close proximity to the town centre, and a network of parks for people using the CBD.
The review will also take into account parking, traffic flow, streetscapes and revitalisation of the river foreshore.
The Taree CBD / Manning Health Precinct Plan is one part of a much larger project - Zoning in on our future - aimed at developing a clear, consistent planning framework that will guide the way we manage land use across the entire region.