Planning for Charlestown

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Council adopted the proposed changes to Charlestown Town Centre Area Plan and planning proposal at the Council meeting on Monday 26 June 2023. The amendment to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan was published on the NSW legislation notifications webpage on 20 October 2023. 

The Council report is accessible online (see page 52). Associated documents for adoption are also available on Council's business papers website.

Please note - the changes to parking within Charlestown Town Centre to create distinct parking zones will be considered in a separate future report to the Traffic Facilities and Road Safety Committee. 

Charlestown is a regionally important strategic centre and a focus for investment and intensification of housing, employment, transport, services and recreational opportunities. The existing planning documents applying to Charlestown have been reviewed to ensure they support this envisioned growth.

The amendments proposed will unlock development capacity, promote good quality design and a vibrant Charlestown economic centre. The planning documents that were on exhibition for feedback include the:

  • Charlestown Planning Proposal 
  • Charlestown Town Centre Area Plan

Changes to parking within Charlestown Town Centre are also proposed to create distinct parking zones that encourage turnover and greater access to shops and services.

Submissions closed 3 April 2023.

Proposed building heights and parking zones maps






Council adopted the proposed changes to Charlestown Town Centre Area Plan and planning proposal at the Council meeting on Monday 26 June 2023. The amendment to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan was published on the NSW legislation notifications webpage on 20 October 2023. 

The Council report is accessible online (see page 52). Associated documents for adoption are also available on Council's business papers website.

Please note - the changes to parking within Charlestown Town Centre to create distinct parking zones will be considered in a separate future report to the Traffic Facilities and Road Safety Committee. 

Charlestown is a regionally important strategic centre and a focus for investment and intensification of housing, employment, transport, services and recreational opportunities. The existing planning documents applying to Charlestown have been reviewed to ensure they support this envisioned growth.

The amendments proposed will unlock development capacity, promote good quality design and a vibrant Charlestown economic centre. The planning documents that were on exhibition for feedback include the:

  • Charlestown Planning Proposal 
  • Charlestown Town Centre Area Plan

Changes to parking within Charlestown Town Centre are also proposed to create distinct parking zones that encourage turnover and greater access to shops and services.

Submissions closed 3 April 2023.

Proposed building heights and parking zones maps






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