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MidCoast Council drop-in sessions on land use zoning

A series of drop-in sessions around the Mid Coast is planned for February and March and will focus on land zoning.

MidCoast Council's land-use planners will host the sessions to check in with communities on a series of land use zoning changes being proposed in the region's urban centres.

The drop-in consultation is designed to help locals understand what zones currently apply to their properties, and to secure community feedback relating to proposed changes in residential, employment and recreational areas.

"We understand that many people zone out when we talk about town planning, zoning and planning controls", council's Paul De Szell said.

"But once in place, these controls directly impact what an area looks like, from what types of activities can be undertaken, to the size of lots and the height of buildings".

The key message during this check-in phase is that while not all zones are changing, it's important for people to understand the planning controls that apply, or could apply in the future, in the zones where they live, shop, work and play.

Feedback collated in this phase will inform the development of draft plans, which will be placed on exhibition during a second phase, before being finalised and implemented.

Rural zoning will be looked at in a separate stage to be undertaken later this year.

For now, people are encouraged to "know their zone" by dropping in to chat with a council land use-planner. Sessions will be held from 5.30pm - 7.30pm at:

  • Hawks Nest Hall, Tuesday February 11
  • Bulahdelah War Memorial Hall, Thursday February 13
  • Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre, Tuesday February 18
  • Pacific Palms Community Centre, Thursday February 20
  • Harrington Function Centre (next to library), Monday February 24
  • Hallidays Point / Black Head SLSC, Tuesday February 25
  • Wingham Memorial Town Hall, Tuesday March 3
  • Old Bar Bowling Club, Wednesday March 4
  • Stroud School of Arts Hall, Thursday March 5
  • Taree Council Chambers, Thursday March 12
  • Forster Council Chambers, Thursday March 19

Additional day time sessions are also being organised for some locations, with details to be provided shortly.

For those who can't make a drop-in session visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/zoningin where users can find their zone and learn about any changes that are being proposed.

Visit the website for more information, to ask a question, download fact sheets, review the documents on exhibition, and provide feedback by completing a submission before the consultation closes on Thursday April 9, 2020.