Planning for Cardiff

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A vibrant local centre balances the movement of people and goods with places that are pleasant to spend time in, live or work. Having access to the right mix of transport in suitable locations also adds to the enjoyment of a neighbourhood.

Councils Local Strategic Planning Statement identifies Cardiff as playing an important economic and social role in the City.

We want to unlock the potential of Cardiff, for new and existing residents, workers, businesses, shoppers, visitors and travellers; with more walking and cycling facilities, new public spaces, investment in smart technology, high quality buildings, simpler and more efficient parking and more business opportunities.


How will we do this?

The following three documents on Public Exhibition will enable Council to begin planning for Cardiff over the long term and help realise it’s potential as a vibrant centre. You can provide feedback on these draft Plans until 5pm 1 June, 2021.


Draft Cardiff Strategic Planning Framework (18 pages)

This draft Plan brings together the NSW Government Movement and Place Framework and the Lake Macquarie City Council Local Strategic Planning Statement to identify the opportunities in Cardiff centre and the surrounding neighbourhood.


Draft Cardiff Area Plan (19 pages)

This draft Plan supports the desired future character of Cardiff and is an integrated guide to development on private land.


Draft Cardiff Transport Management Plan (5 pages)

This draft Plan identifies the improvements needed for better, easier and safer walking, cycling and transit use, along with private and service vehicle parking. The Plan will support the outcomes contained in the draft Planning Framework and draft Area Plan.

We invite the community to view these draft plans and provide feedback by 5pm 1 June, 2021.


Join us for drop-in session

Friday 21 May, 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Cardiff Library

Cardiff Shopping Centre(External link)

Ground Cardiff Marketplace, Main Rd, Cardiff

No registration required.


How to make a submission:

  • Review one or more of the draft Plans listed above.
  • Make a submission via our online tool below or by emailing council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
  • Submissions may also be sent by mail to the following address:

ATT: Susie Young

Lake Macquarie City Council

Box 1906, Hunter Region

Mail Centre, NSW 2310.

A vibrant local centre balances the movement of people and goods with places that are pleasant to spend time in, live or work. Having access to the right mix of transport in suitable locations also adds to the enjoyment of a neighbourhood.

Councils Local Strategic Planning Statement identifies Cardiff as playing an important economic and social role in the City.

We want to unlock the potential of Cardiff, for new and existing residents, workers, businesses, shoppers, visitors and travellers; with more walking and cycling facilities, new public spaces, investment in smart technology, high quality buildings, simpler and more efficient parking and more business opportunities.


How will we do this?

The following three documents on Public Exhibition will enable Council to begin planning for Cardiff over the long term and help realise it’s potential as a vibrant centre. You can provide feedback on these draft Plans until 5pm 1 June, 2021.


Draft Cardiff Strategic Planning Framework (18 pages)

This draft Plan brings together the NSW Government Movement and Place Framework and the Lake Macquarie City Council Local Strategic Planning Statement to identify the opportunities in Cardiff centre and the surrounding neighbourhood.


Draft Cardiff Area Plan (19 pages)

This draft Plan supports the desired future character of Cardiff and is an integrated guide to development on private land.


Draft Cardiff Transport Management Plan (5 pages)

This draft Plan identifies the improvements needed for better, easier and safer walking, cycling and transit use, along with private and service vehicle parking. The Plan will support the outcomes contained in the draft Planning Framework and draft Area Plan.

We invite the community to view these draft plans and provide feedback by 5pm 1 June, 2021.


Join us for drop-in session

Friday 21 May, 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Cardiff Library

Cardiff Shopping Centre(External link)

Ground Cardiff Marketplace, Main Rd, Cardiff

No registration required.


How to make a submission:

  • Review one or more of the draft Plans listed above.
  • Make a submission via our online tool below or by emailing council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
  • Submissions may also be sent by mail to the following address:

ATT: Susie Young

Lake Macquarie City Council

Box 1906, Hunter Region

Mail Centre, NSW 2310.

  • Help unlock Cardiff’s potential

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    A comprehensive planning approach for Cardiff’s town centre will unlock the suburb’s potential and capitalise on its growing focus as a business, transport and residential hub.

    Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for feedback on three key documents that will guide future improvements to create a thriving vibrant centre, broadening its living, working and business opportunities.

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said central to the draft Cardiff Strategic Planning Framework and accompanying Cardiff Area Plan and Cardiff Transport Management Plan was the creation of more pedestrian and cycle infrastructure.

    “Cardiff is a very important hub in our North West Lake Macquarie Catalyst Area, which is one of our focus areas for infrastructure investment,” Mr Hain said.

    “We want to realise its full potential for new and existing residents, workers, businesses, shoppers, visitors and travellers.”

    “Our draft plans outline more walking and cycling opportunities, new public spaces, greener streets, investment in smart technology, high quality buildings, simpler and more efficient parking and more business opportunities which take advantage of business grade high-speed fibre optic communications infrastructure.”

    One of the proposals identified in the plan is the establishment of ‘Cardiff Main Walk’, creating a safe, direct and enjoyable walk that connects the railway station with the town centre.

    “Main Walk is a centrepiece for Cardiff that would not only provide pleasant and convenient walking but also meeting, outdoor trading and dining opportunities,” Mr Hain said.

    “This will contribute to the overall wellbeing of the community in years to come.”

    “Improvements outlined in these draft documents will all serve to create a new Cardiff identity with increased walkability, reduced parking demand and increased pedestrian-based trade that supports community wellbeing and connection.”


  • Making it easier to move around Cardiff’s economic centre

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    A new transport management plan under development by Lake Macquarie City Council will make it easier and safer for people to get to, from and around Cardiff’s growing economic centre.

    Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said Council was seeking feedback from the Cardiff community to inform the draft Cardiff Transport Management Plan.

    “We're in the early stages of preparing a draft Transport Management Plan for Cardiff with the aim of expanding transport choices, improving parking and making it easier for people move throughout the area,” Mr Hain said.

    “We would like to hear from the community about how often they visit Cardiff town centre and train station area, why they visit the area, what transport options they use, where they park and their feedback on a range of transport management options.”

    Transport management plans take a holistic view of how people move to and around our economic centres, while providing guidance on how to manage parking and transport in centres over the short, medium and long term.

    The survey can be completed online at shape.lakemac.com.au/cardiff-tmp until Sunday 10 November.

    One of the recommendations from the Lake Mac Parking Strategy, adopted in 2018, was the preparation of Transport Management Plans for the City’s economic centres.

    “Strategies such as Imagine Lake Mac and the Lake Mac Parking Strategy aim to improve the way transport and parking within our economic centres is managed to align future management with growth,” Mr Hain said.

    The Transport Management Plan for Charlestown is already underway, with similar plans to be developed for Council’s other economic centres, including Toronto, Warners Bay, Belmont, Morisset, Swansea and Glendale.