AFTER years of frustration, Heddon Greta residents may finally have a strategic plan in the works with a discussion earmarked on Cessnock Council's agenda this week.
A motion, tabled by Labor councillor Darrin Gray, calls for the general manager to prepare a report to Council within two months to investigate the preparation of a strategic land use plan for the growing Heddon Greta - Cliftleigh precinct.
Cr Gray said it was interaction with the Heddon Greta community that prompted him to investigate the lack of a strategic plan for the area.
"One of the residents said to me that Heddon Greta is a forgotten suburb," he said.
"The Heddon Greta - Cliftleigh precinct has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade especially since the opening of the Hunter Expressway.
"Development seems to have been activated without any overall strategic or integrated planning overview.
"I found it astonishing. This is just not good enough so I decided to figure out how to get a strategic plan for Heddon-Greta."
In his rationale for the motion, Cr Gray added the "compounding traffic issue and continuing lodgement [sic] of development applications" were major sources of frustration to residents.
As part of the motion, Cr Gray is pushing for council to address a number of issues in the area such improving integration of the existing residential community with the new urban release areas and future residential growth areas including roads and traffic management.
The motion would also see what arrangements could be made with 'Maitland City Council in the planning process with a view for joint contributions and planning wherever feasible across the precinct'; and also include resourcing, funding and time frame considerations in order to prepare the plan.
Cessnock City Council's meeting will be held on Wednesday night.