What is a planning proposal?

    A planning proposal is a document and supporting information that explains the intended effect and justification of a proposed Local Environmental Plan or amendment to a Local Environmental Plan. 

    A landowner, developer or an individual seeking to amend the zoning or development standards that apply to land they own, or have an interest in, may initiate a planning proposal. Council support of the planning proposal is required before it is able to be submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment for Gateway Determination. If the Department issues a Gateway Determination, a proposal proceeds to community consultation and any submissions are considered before making amendments to the planning controls.

    What land does the planning proposal relate to?

    The subject land is located in the Watagan Park development, which makes up the majority of the North Cooranbong Urban Release Area. The planning proposal relates to: 

    • Part of Lot 8450 DP 1250919, 35 McCullough Street, Cooranbong 
    • Part of Lot 942 DP 1279622, 35 Maguire Drive, Cooranbong 
    • Part of Lot 115 DP 1270571, 41 Maguire Drive, Cooranbong 
    • Part of Lot 939 DP 1279622, 11 Maguire Drive, Cooranbong 
    • Part road reserve Maguire Drive, Cooranbong. 

    What is the objective of the planning proposal?

    This planning proposal seeks to support the development of Watagan Park town centre by increasing maximum building heights in parts of the centre from 10m and 13m to 23m. 

    These changes will help to create a vibrant mixed-use centre that supports greater housing diversity, densities and better access to shops and services in line with the overarching state, regional and local planning strategies.

    The planning proposal also incorporates minor adjustments to the land use zone boundaries and associated standards to align with the location of approved parks, surrounding roads and approved subdivision pattern.

How to make a submission

    How can I make a submission?

    • Provide written feedback via the online submission form on this website.
    • Email [email protected] with the subject heading "Planning Proposal, Watagan Park" by 7 August 2023.
    • Write to Integrated Planning, Box 1906, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310

    Printed copies of the planning proposal are available from the Council Administrative Centre in Speers Point. 

    I've made a submission - what happens next?

    Feedback may result in further changes being made to the planning proposal prior to a report being prepared for Council.

    You will be notified again, prior to Council considering the matter, which will include a link to the Council report containing a summary of submissions and how feedback was considered. It is expected the proposal will be reported back to Council seeking adoption in late-2023.

    What should I put in a submission?

    Your submission can be as concise or as long as you wish:

    Ideally, you will express your level of support for the proposal and provide detailed and specific feedback. The feedback will be reviewed by staff and later presented to Council to make an informed decision.

    Should multiple submissions be received from a single resident regarding this project, the feedback will be reviewed by staff and counted as one submission when reporting back to Council.

    Any submission received by Council will be publicly available on Council’s website. Submissions may also be accessed under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Council may reproduce submissions in Council reports or in Court proceedings.

    If you have made a reportable political donation or gift in the last two years your submission must be accompanied by a "Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts where Council is Approval Authority - Submitters" Form. For more information on reportable political donations or gifts, or to download a copy of this form go to lakemac.com.au and search for "Political Donations Submitters". Please note failure to complete a statement, if a Political Donation/Gift has been made, is an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.