Morisset Place Strategy

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Thank you everyone who submitted feedback on our Morisset Place Strategy discussion paper. Consultation closed on 14 September 2023. An engagement summary is now available to view online.

We are preparing a Place Strategy to guide the future development and growth of Morisset.

Morisset has been recognised by Lake Macquarie City Council and the NSW Government as a location of strategic significance for population and jobs growth, providing widespread benefits for the local government area and the broader Hunter region.

Council has prepared a discussion paper, which presents a vision for growing Morisset, and aims to enhance what people love about the area.

It proposes actions and studies that will be required to prepare and implement a Place Strategy for Morisset.


Thank you everyone who submitted feedback on our Morisset Place Strategy discussion paper. Consultation closed on 14 September 2023. An engagement summary is now available to view online.

We are preparing a Place Strategy to guide the future development and growth of Morisset.

Morisset has been recognised by Lake Macquarie City Council and the NSW Government as a location of strategic significance for population and jobs growth, providing widespread benefits for the local government area and the broader Hunter region.

Council has prepared a discussion paper, which presents a vision for growing Morisset, and aims to enhance what people love about the area.

It proposes actions and studies that will be required to prepare and implement a Place Strategy for Morisset.


  • Cooranbong tops $1.3 billion Lake Mac development list

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    The once-sleepy town of Cooranbong is fast emerging as one of the region’s growth hotspots, taking out top place for the second year running in a list of Lake Macquarie suburbs with the highest value of approved development.

    Cooranbong accounted for $195 million worth of approved development in the 2022-23 financial year – almost 15 per cent of the city’s $1.3 billion total.

    Neighbouring Morisset was sixth on the list with $59 million worth of development.

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said that with its capacity for new housing, proximity to the M1 and rail and major developments like the Cedar Mill precinct already in the works, the city’s south-west had been identified as a key growth centre for NSW.

    “There is incredible potential in this part of our city, and it is good to see developers and investors realising this,” she said.

    Cr Fraser said a Morisset Place Strategy under development would help guide future development and growth in the area.

    “This is an area of strategic significance for population and jobs growth, but we need to ensure it is the right type of growth and the right type of development,” she said.

    Charlestown, Edgeworth, Warners Bay and Belmont rounded out the top five suburbs for the highest value developments in the past financial year.

    Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Development, Assessment and Certification Amy Regado said Council approved 2383 DAs in 2022-23, down on the 2021-22 peak of 2763.

    Key approvals included a $29 million health services facility at Charlestown, multiple approvals worth a total $29 million for the new Watagan Park Town Centre in Cooranbong, and multiple DAs worth $50 million for a total 170 new homes on George Booth Drive at Cameron Park.

    The median time taken to process a DA in Lake Mac has dropped by almost 40 per cent in the past four years, from 28 days in 2018-19 to just 17 in the past financial year.

    “Timely decisions on DAs are a key factor to ensure housing can be delivered as quickly as possible,” Ms Regado said.

    “Fast processing times also reduce the risk of the financial shock that comes with delays in processes like DA assessment.”

    “We’re constantly working with the development industry and our community to understand how they are affected by supply chain issues, rising interest rates and increasing costs of living, and how our actions and decisions can take these into account.”

    Council approved almost 400 new homes across the city over the past 12 months.

    Ms Regado said Council was working to increase necessary housing stock by promoting ‘infill’ housing in established suburban areas, investigating rezoning in some places to allow for medium density development, and expediting DA processing times.

    Go to shape.lakemac.com.au to have your say about the Morisset Place Strategy.

    Highest value suburbs for development approvals

    Suburb
    21/22
    22/23
    COORANBONG
    $201,067,044
    $194,843,959
    CHARLESTOWN
    $63,517,487
    $124,213,153
    EDGEWORTH
    $34,404,209
    $113,358,484
    WARNERS BAY $66,203,963
    $108,956,128
    BELMONT
    $100,038,659
    $90,078,779
    MORISSET
    $73,671,423
    $58,742,138
    BOOLAROO
    $93,389,927
    $41,012,217
    REDHEAD
    $63,759,144
    $38,025,418
    CARDIFF
    $34,846,288
    $31,296,564

    CATHERINE HILL BAY
    $49,602,806
    $27,966,165
  • Community invited to imagine the future of Morisset

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    Community input is being sought to help guide the future of one of the fastest growing suburbs in the Hunter Region.

    Morisset is tipped to become home to an extra 12,000-plus residents within 20 years, prompting Lake Macquarie City Council to create a discussion paper outlining a vision for the regionally significant centre.

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said the discussion paper would contribute to a Morisset Place Strategy to guide future development and growth.

    “It’s no secret that Morisset is undergoing a lot of change right now, with new residential and commercial developments bringing new residents, jobs and investment to our city’s south,” he said.

    “The regionally significant growth area of Morisset, which includes the town centre, areas south of Morisset Station, north of Awaba Street and westward towards the M1, could be home to an extra 12,000-plus residents by 2041.

    “It’s important that we develop a plan to manage and make the most of this growth potential, while protecting and enhancing what people already love about Morisset.”

    Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said Morisset’s location, transport links and emerging development made it a crucial focus of the city’s growth and prosperity in years to come.

    “There is so much potential in Morisset and surrounding suburbs, but we need to make sure we can realise that with minimal impact,” she said.

    The Morisset Place Strategy discussion paper presents a vision for growing Morisset, as well as draft objectives for managing growth across the five precincts that make up the regionally significant growth area, as identified in the Hunter Regional Plan 2041.

    “We’re inviting our community to tell us what they think of this vision, and help identify the opportunities and challenges we may face as we plan for Morisset’s future,” Mr Hain said.

    “Community feedback will help shape a draft Morisset Place Strategy, which we would prepare and implement in partnership with the NSW Government.”

    Visit shape.lakemac.com.au to find out more.

    Feedback closes 31 July 2023.

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