Cessnock City Council is calling on the community to have their say on the Draft Cessnock Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS), which is on public exhibition until February 5, 2020.
The LSPS is a requirement of the NSW Government and will set out the 20-year vision for land use in the Cessnock local government area, the special characteristics that constitute Cessnock's local identity, shared community values to be maintained and enhanced, and how growth and change will be managed in the future.
Cessnock's LSPS is separated into four themes: liveable, productive, sustainable and unique. These themes summarise the areas of focus for land use planning in Cessnock to 2036.
Once adopted, the LSPS will replace the City Wide Settlement Strategy 2010, which is currently the primary document guiding land use planning and growth across the region.
For Cessnock, the LSPS will also assist in the implementation of actions set out in the Hunter Regional Plan, Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan and council's own priorities as set out in the Cessnock Community Strategic Plan.
Council will be holding a number of community drop-in sessions with the aim of advising the community of the priorities of the LSPS and answering any questions they may have.
The first of these sessions will be held at Carols in the Park event at Cessnock Sportsground this Friday night (in the council marquee).
Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent is encouraging residents to read the LSPS, come along to a drop-in session and make a written submission.
"The LSPS focuses on our diverse cultural history, our distinctive towns and villages, emphasises the importance of local values, along with the contribution we make to the broader Hunter region," he said.
"This is a great opportunity for the community to have their say on what local land use planning will look like for the next 20 years and every submission will be considered by council before a final decision is made."
For more information, visit cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/exhibition/CessnockLSPS2036.