Killingworth Paper Subdivision

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The Killingworth Paper Subdivision consists of 24 residential lots that are owned by residential landowners and Council.

While much of the land has been rezoned for residential development, the land cannot be developed because it is not serviced with the necessary infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water, wastewater (sewer), communications and electricity. The land may also have high biodiversity values.

Council commissioned a Water and Wastewater Servicing Strategy for the subdivision which has now been assessed by Hunter Water with approval to extend water and sewer services to these lots. This approval is valid until 2023, so Council is seeking interest from landowners to potentially progress development for the subdivision.

In July 2021, Council adopted the draft Killingworth Paper Subdivision Area Plan and will amend the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014 to incorporate the draft Area Plan.

Let us know if you would like to contribute to the discussions, ask a question or be more involved in the project. Provide your email address to stay up to date with project news.

The Killingworth Paper Subdivision consists of 24 residential lots that are owned by residential landowners and Council.

While much of the land has been rezoned for residential development, the land cannot be developed because it is not serviced with the necessary infrastructure such as roads, drainage, water, wastewater (sewer), communications and electricity. The land may also have high biodiversity values.

Council commissioned a Water and Wastewater Servicing Strategy for the subdivision which has now been assessed by Hunter Water with approval to extend water and sewer services to these lots. This approval is valid until 2023, so Council is seeking interest from landowners to potentially progress development for the subdivision.

In July 2021, Council adopted the draft Killingworth Paper Subdivision Area Plan and will amend the Lake Macquarie Development Control Plan 2014 to incorporate the draft Area Plan.

Let us know if you would like to contribute to the discussions, ask a question or be more involved in the project. Provide your email address to stay up to date with project news.

  • September 2021 Update

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    Just an update to let you know where things are up to for the servicing of the Killingworth Paper Subdivision.

    Since the Killingworth Area Plan has been adopted, we have been:

    • Preparing the water and sewer design including:
      • Preparation of detailed survey
      • Undertaking ecological investigations
      • Working with Hunter Water regarding their notification of requirements
    • Obtaining legal advice regarding the preparation of a legal instrument that can be entered between Council and landowners for the works, their timing and cost sharing (apportioning)
    • Investigating stormwater requirements
    • Finalising the quantity survey costing of the proposed works.

    Staging of works

    • Council is working to commence construction of services at Killingworth in 2022. After careful logistical consideration, we’ve opted to deliver construction across two stages.
    • We will be sending landowners some information about the staged works shortly by email and mailed post:
      • This information will outline how the works will be staged and items that will be included in detailed design costs
      • We anticipate that the legal instrument will be sent to landowners by the end of 2021, followed by landowner meetings in early 2022.

    If you have any questions relating to Stage 1 works over the coming weeks, we’re happy to arrange an appointment to speak with you in more detail.

    Please contact Andrejs Rubenis, Land Development Officer on 4921 0333 or email arubenis@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

    Click here to see the map of Stage 1 area.

  • July 2021 Update

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    We’re touching base with landowners about some important updates on Killingworth Paper Subdivision.

    Draft Killingworth Area Plan update

    Public exhibition of the draft Killingworth Area Plan ran between 19 April – 17 May, 2021.

    The Area Plan is scheduled to go to Council for adoption on 26 July, 2021. We received one formal submission and one question from the community which will be also presented at the Council meeting.

    If adopted, the Area Plan will be a step towards enabling Paper Subdivision landowners to lodge development applications to develop their residential lots.

    We’ll notify landowners once the Area Plan has been adopted. If, for any reason the Area Plan is not adopted at the 26 July meeting, we’ll report back to landowners on our next course of action.


    Meetings with landowners – overall costs and payment options

    We're in the process of finalising costs and will arrange a time to meet with landowners before the end of 2021 to discuss:

    • Overall costs and landowner payment options
    • Figures for construction and estimated time frames
    • Information about how construction works will likely be a staged.


    We will be in touch in the coming months to arrange the landowner meetings. Documentation associated with the above points will be issued to landowners to review and discuss with us at the meetings. All landowners are encouraged to seek their own independent legal and/or financial advice prior to discussions.

    We look forward to speaking with landowners soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Samantha Hardie directly.

    Email: shardie@lakemc.nsw.gov.au

    Phone: 02 4921 0492

  • Public Exhibition of the draft Area Plan

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    The meetings held with landowners last year brought to Council’s attention the need to establish an Area Plan for Killingworth Paper Subdivision.

    A draft Area Plan has been developed which is now on Public Exhibition for feedback.


    Public Exhibition details

    • The Public Exhibition will run from Monday 19 April – Monday 17 June, 2021.
    • You can view the draft Area Plan (6 pages) and make a submission at this link.


    If you have any questions, please direct your enquiry in the first instance to the Customer Service Centre on 4921 0333 or email council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

    We will seek to clarify any questions you have as soon as possible.

  • March 2021 update

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    Landowner meetings with Council

    Thank you to all the landowners who met with Council at the end of 2020. We appreciate people taking the time to talk with us and we will use your feedback and comments as we progress outcomes for the area.

    Killingworth URA Area Plan

    The lots subject to the servicing investigations make up the majority of the Killingworth URA (Urban Release Area). We’ve identified there was a need to develop an Area Plan as a first course of action to guide the development standards for the area. The plan will allow things such as roads and individual Development Applications to be assessed efficiently and effectively to assist with the development of the area.

    We anticipate that the draft Killingworth Area Plan will go to the Council Meeting on 12 April 2021 and if endorsed, it will go on public exhibition. This will be an opportunity for landholders to comment on the draft Plan.

    Investigations to provide services

    We are looking to progress the implementation of services as a privately funded project, not under paper subdivision legislation. Our initial focus will be on providing water and sewerage services to those lots with formed road frontage.

    In mid-2021, we will provide more information on the financial models to facilitate the works as well as the proposed development approach, expected timeframes and associated costs.

  • December 2020 update – and thank you!

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    Touching base with some quick updates on Killingworth Paper Subdivision before we close for the festive season.

    Landowner meetings with Council

    Firstly, thank you to the Killingworth landowners who met with us this month.

    We appreciate you for taking the time to help us understand your current situations and aspirations for your lots. These meetings have been a vital step towards progressing an outcome for the area.

    We’re hoping to have all one-on-one meetings with landowners completed early in the new year. Once finalised, we can make our recommendations for the way forward, including the most suitable funding pathway for the development of services.


    Killingworth URA Area Plan

    From our recent discussions with landowners, we’ve identified the need to develop an Area Plan for the Killingworth URA (Urban Release Area).

    We will begin drafting the document in the new year to provide a coordinated and strategic approach to the development of the land. The Area Plan will also ensure that any future development of the land is completed in an efficient manner, considering environmental, social and economic issues affecting the site. This will meet the requirements under the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LMLEP2014) and enable Council to permit development applications that meet the objections of this Area Plan.

    We anticipate the Plan will be presented to Council and exhibited before June 2021. We’ll be sure to update you on the progress of the Plan in the new year.


    Book in your meeting with us

    If you have not yet confirmed a meeting time with us, please do so on the contact details below.

    Contact us:


    Thank you again for your cooperation in 2020 - wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!

    Samantha Hardie,

    Strategic Land Use Planner

  • Call out to landowners to meet with Council

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    Council is pleased to report that investigations into initial costings are now complete, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions.

    We are now reaching out to landowners to organise individual meetings to discuss:

    • Investigations undertaken to date
    • Initial costings for future development in the subdivision
    • Next steps for finalising the Development Plan delivering the proposed works.

    In December 2019 we ran a survey with Killingworth Paper Subdivision landowners. The results showed that the majority of landowners were supportive of development proceeding in the area and wanted it completed as soon as possible.

    In order to move forward, it is vital we speak with landowners to understand their individual situations, aspirations for their lots, and the potential costing options that would be most appropriate to progress the development.

    Next steps:

    If you are landowner, please call or email us on the details below to nominate three dates/times for your meeting. We will schedule a discussion with you at a mutually convenient time.

    Please confirm your meeting date with us by 11 December 2020.

    Landowner meetings are likely to be run online, however, we are happy to accommodate a face-to-face meeting if needed.

    Contact us:

    Phone: 02 4921 0492

    Email: shardie@lakemac.nsw.gov.au


    Thank you for your cooperation

    Samantha Hardie,

    Strategic Land Use Planner

  • Update on the Killingworth Paper Subdivision

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    We want to keep our City moving and we are continuing to progress project work, such as the Killingworth Paper Subdivision development plan, as much as possible under these new and challenging conditions relating to COVID-19.

    Council is continuing to follow all advice provided by Federal and State health authorities, taking measured precautions to ensure we do everything we can to keep our staff and community safe during this pandemic. A full list of available support and information on services and facilities is available online at lakemac.com.au/COVID-19.

    So far, we have received preliminary engineering and ecological advice from relevant Council departments, which identifies the construction requirements to undertake works including road construction standards, stormwater expectations, and considerations for offsetting the clearing of trees.

    In the coming months, we will continue investigations to help inform residents about decisions for future development. Concept costings to develop the paper subdivision are being modelled and we will share these concepts with landowner groups for review and feedback. We are also happy to meet with you to discuss the development process and options.

    If you have any concerns or would like to discuss how the pandemic may affect the project or changes in your circumstances, please contact our project team. We are always happy to assist you. You can reach me directly on 4921 0492 or email shardie@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

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    Wishing you good health and wellbeing at this time.

    Yours faithfully,

    Samantha Hardie

    Strategic Landuse Planner - Integrated Planning

  • Update on Killingworth Paper Subdivision

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    Thanks very much for completing our recent landowner survey. With the end of the year fast approaching, we wanted to provide a project update, as well as share key survey results.

    Information collected from the survey helped us understand how landowners would like to use the land. The results will help guide our decisions about how best to proceed with this project.

    Ninety per cent of landowners responded to the survey, which is a fantastic result. All of the responses indicated that you collectively would like the land to be serviced with roads, water, sewer and electricity, with most respondents wanting the connections to occur immediately or within the next five years.

    As previously discussed, Council received approval from Hunter Water Corporation to extend water and sewer services to the paper subdivision lots from mains beneath Westcroft and Park Streets and The Boulevarde. This approval is based on the Water and Wastewater Servicing Strategy and is valid only for a limited time. Substantial water and sewer works will need to be underway before June 2023 to meet approval conditions.

    The positive responses have prompted us to further investigate concept designs for the area. We hope to receive required information by early next year for the design of road and stormwater drainage as well as advice for biodiversity and bushfire requirements. These will inform our next landowner update scheduled for March 2020.

    Please ensure your contact information is up to date. If you would like to update your address, phone or email, please send new details to shardie@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

    Keep up to date with the latest project news, FAQs and opportunities on this website or register to Shape Lake Mac for regular updates.

    If you need any further information, please contact me on 4921 0492.

    Wishing you the best for Christmas and the holiday season and a happy New Year.

    Yours faithfully,

    Samantha Hardie

    Strategic Landuse Planner - Integrated Planning
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