Planning for Windale

Consultation has concluded


Consultation is now closed. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Windale Area Plan in 2018.

In late 2015 we asked the community what they like and don't like about living in Windale and to suggest ideas on how to improve the area, using our online interactive map and ideas wall.

Locals said that they value the gardens, trees and green character of Windale. Many people also saw that Windale offers reasonably priced housing in a great location.

Following on from these discussions, we are now preparing a draft Windale Area Plan. The plan will guide development in Windale and identifies opportunities for housing, open space and recreation.

Council will exhibit the draft Area Plan for community comment in late 2017.




Consultation is now closed. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Windale Area Plan in 2018.

In late 2015 we asked the community what they like and don't like about living in Windale and to suggest ideas on how to improve the area, using our online interactive map and ideas wall.

Locals said that they value the gardens, trees and green character of Windale. Many people also saw that Windale offers reasonably priced housing in a great location.

Following on from these discussions, we are now preparing a draft Windale Area Plan. The plan will guide development in Windale and identifies opportunities for housing, open space and recreation.

Council will exhibit the draft Area Plan for community comment in late 2017.



Consultation has concluded
  • More work underway

    about 2 years ago
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    Council staff are continuing to work on the draft Windale Area Plan and will be making some changes to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LMLEP 2014) at the same time. These changes will better deliver on the aims of the Area Plan to support the street character of Windale and to provide more townhouses, villas and small apartment blocks in locations where it is easy to walk to everyday destinations like shops, schools, playgrounds and open spaces.

    The project team is aiming to report the draft Area Plan and draft LEP to Council by the end of 2017....

    Council staff are continuing to work on the draft Windale Area Plan and will be making some changes to the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LMLEP 2014) at the same time. These changes will better deliver on the aims of the Area Plan to support the street character of Windale and to provide more townhouses, villas and small apartment blocks in locations where it is easy to walk to everyday destinations like shops, schools, playgrounds and open spaces.

    The project team is aiming to report the draft Area Plan and draft LEP to Council by the end of 2017. Both documents will then be placed on public exhibition and everyone will have an opportunity to provide feedback before they are finalised.

    The new deadline for reporting the draft Area Plan to Council takes into the account the additional time needed to prepare the LEP Amendments. Because the draft LEP amendments are informed by the draft Area Plan, it makes sense to report and exhibit the documents together.

  • Draft Windale Area Plan underway

    over 2 years ago
    Southern townhouse area

    We are now using feedback from the community to prepare a draft Windale Area Plan. The Plan will show opportunities for better community facilities, open space improvements, creek rehabilitation, and a proposed cycling and walking path linking to the Mount Hutton shops.

    Council is looking at how easy it is to walk from home to the shops, schools, playgrounds, open spaces or clubs from anywhere in Windale. Areas with a high ‘walking score’ are good locations for new town houses, villas and small apartment blocks.

    The plan will provide guidance to landowners on how to deliver more affordable housing suited...

    We are now using feedback from the community to prepare a draft Windale Area Plan. The Plan will show opportunities for better community facilities, open space improvements, creek rehabilitation, and a proposed cycling and walking path linking to the Mount Hutton shops.

    Council is looking at how easy it is to walk from home to the shops, schools, playgrounds, open spaces or clubs from anywhere in Windale. Areas with a high ‘walking score’ are good locations for new town houses, villas and small apartment blocks.

    The plan will provide guidance to landowners on how to deliver more affordable housing suited to smaller households and people who need a single level dwelling for easy access.

    The draft plan encourages front setbacks for gardens, design for good visibility and safety, and integration of garages and carports in the dwelling design, to support the street character in Windale.

    The project team aims to complete the draft Area Plan and report to Council in October/ November. It would then be placed on public exhibition and everyone will have an opportunity to comment.

  • Community identifies opportunities for change in Windale

    over 3 years ago
    Wheels for hope  bike presentation group

    Lake Macquarie City Council, with the help of the community, has identified opportunities for change in Windale and will now prepare a Development Control Plan for the area.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said throughout November, residents, workers and business owners were encouraged to identify opportunities for new housing, jobs and improved open space in Windale.

    “The community used Council’s online interactive map and ideas wall to tell us what they like and don’t like about Windale and suggested ideas on how to improve the area,” Ms Pope said.

    Participants and support workers from local community organisation Centre for...

    Lake Macquarie City Council, with the help of the community, has identified opportunities for change in Windale and will now prepare a Development Control Plan for the area.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said throughout November, residents, workers and business owners were encouraged to identify opportunities for new housing, jobs and improved open space in Windale.

    “The community used Council’s online interactive map and ideas wall to tell us what they like and don’t like about Windale and suggested ideas on how to improve the area,” Ms Pope said.

    Participants and support workers from local community organisation Centre for Hope refurbished a five-speed Kawasaki mountain bike to giveaway as part of Council’s consultation.

    Angela Gavin participated in the community consultation and was presented with the bike for her winning idea, which identified Windale as an area of opportunity, particularly for affordable housing for people entering the housing market. Matthew McMullen and Jurgen Bonnet were also recognised for their enthusiastic and helpful suggestions.

    “It was great that we were able to partner with Centre for Hope throughout the initial stage of this project,” Ms Pope said.

    “The community has put a great deal of thought into what changes they would like to see in Windale.”

    Ideas include planting shrubs, trees and low maintenance gardens in public spaces, rezoning the area to allow for small lot housing, beautification works and signage along the Pacific Highway and South Street and refurbishing the tennis courts.

    Council would like to thank the Centre for Hope, participants and support workers from Wheels for Hope, Gateshead Cycles and Newcastle Cycleways for providing support during the community consultation.

    A draft Development Control Plan for Windale will now be prepared by Council, and put forward for public comment in early 2016.

    Comments on the development of Windale are still welcome through Council’s interactive map.

    Visit http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/planning-for-windale for more information.





  • Help plan for the future of Windale

    over 3 years ago
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    Help Lake Macquarie City Council identify opportunities for new housing, jobs and improved open space in Windale, and go into the draw for your chance to win a custom refurbished bike* from local community program, Wheels for Hope.

    Council is encouraging residents, workers and business owners to tell us what they like and don’t like about WIndale and suggest ideas on how to improve the area, using our online interactive map and ideas wall.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said community feedback will lead to new guidelines for future development on private land and land...

    Help Lake Macquarie City Council identify opportunities for new housing, jobs and improved open space in Windale, and go into the draw for your chance to win a custom refurbished bike* from local community program, Wheels for Hope.

    Council is encouraging residents, workers and business owners to tell us what they like and don’t like about WIndale and suggest ideas on how to improve the area, using our online interactive map and ideas wall.

    Council’s Manager Integrated Planning, Sharon Pope, said community feedback will lead to new guidelines for future development on private land and land owned by the Land and Housing Corporation.

    “Windale is close to Redhead Beach, the Lake and employment areas. It also has some good open space, but it could be improved,” Ms Pope said.

    Opportunities for change include better use of community facilities and open space reserves, identifying areas for business, employment and training, an improved creek line and bushland areas, better transport options, including paths for cycling or walking, and identifying the best type and mix of new housing.

    Council will be liaising with the Land and Housing Corporation, as the major owner of land and housing in Windale.

    Have your say by Friday 27 November and you can win a five-speed Kawasaki mountain bike*, which is currently being refurbished by participants from Wheels for Hope.

    “Wheels for Hope, which is run by the Centre of Hope, provides disadvantaged and disabled youth with the support and tools needed to restore bikes,” Ms Pope said.

    “A team of young people from Windale are spending the next couple of weeks transforming the bike so that it is ready to giveaway to the lucky winner, in the first week of December.”

    Windale residents, workers and business owners can find out more, leave a comment and go into the draw to win the bike, by visiting www.haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/planning-for-windale.

    Council officers will be available to speak to the community and demonstrate how to use the online interactive map and ideas wall, during a drop in session, outside of Windale Library on Saturday 31 October.

    Have your say on the future of Windale drop in session


    When: 9am-noon, Saturday 31 October

    Where: Outside of Windale Library, 20 Lake Street Windale

    *Visit www.lakemac.com.au for competition terms and conditions.









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