Zoning in on our future


Have your say on our urban zones

We’re currently zoning in on the land use plans that apply to different parts of our region to develop a consistent, region-wide plan for the MidCoast. Proposed changes to planning controls may impact what your neighbourhood looks like in the future.

So far we’ve looked at housing, employment and recreation areas in our towns and villages, where new zones and changes to planning rules are being proposed. 

Now we want to check-in with you about the changes we’re proposing and get your feedback. Click through the information below to find out more, and have your say by Thursday 9 April, 2020.

This exhibition is part of a larger project to develop a consistent planning framework for the entire MidCoast region. The end result will be a single set of planning controls to replace the three we are currently working from. Our aim is to ensure these controls cater for our community now and into the future, while maintaining the unique character of our existing towns, villages and rural areas.

Currently under review - urban zones

Almost everyone will be impacted in the current 'urban' review, because proposed changes may apply not only to where you live, but where you work, shop or play.

The list below indicates the locations that are included in the current review.

If your area isn’t listed below or your property is not shown on the online mapping, it will be part of the Rural Strategy currently being prepared which is expected to be open for feedback later this year. This work will include land often referred to as ‘non-urban’ or ‘paper-subdivisions’.

Click on the links for a brief overview of the proposed changes in each location, or for proposed changes to Villages and Large Lot Residential zones (rural residential estates) which are also part of this review:



Hallidays Point (Including Tallwoods, Diamond Beach, Red Head and Black Head)

Harrington and Crowdy Head

Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens

Old Bar and Wallabi Point

Pacific Palms (Including Blueys Beach, Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach and Smiths Lake)

Taree and Cundletown





Also covered by this review are:


Large Lot Residential (rural residential estates)

How well do you know your zone?

Zoning dictates what can (and can’t) be done in your neighbourhood – from the way the land can be used and the size of lots, to the types of buildings and their height. Zones influence what your neighbourhood looks like, as well as other factors like the volume of traffic in your area, and can even influence the future value of your property.

To find out what controls are currently in place in your zone, and how these may change based on our proposal, enter your property address in the search box using our online mapping tool.

Only the areas classed as urban are included on the map at this stage. Check the 'Will this affect me?' info above to find out if your location is included.

Use the map to review your residential zone, other zones in your town or village, or take a tour to another part of the MidCoast to see what’s being proposed elsewhere.

Go to online mapping


Download a fact sheet

Urban Zones

Housing Zones

Housing Topics

Frequently Asked Questions

Ask a Question

If your question isn’t covered in the FAQs document, complete the form below.

One of our land-use planners will contact you, and commonly asked questions will be added to the FAQs.

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The online mapping is a representation of the recommendations for new planning controls in our draft strategies and reviews, while the Fact Sheets provide easy-to-read explanations of some aspects of these documents.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the proposals, please review the individual draft documents below. 

Supporting information:

By now we hope you have a good understanding of the changes proposed to your residential zone, and other zones that apply to where you work, visit, shop or play.

Tell us what you think by completing the form below.

Submissions close on Thursday 9 April, 2020.


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