NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor.
NSW Planning Minister Frank Sartor.

Sartor vows to end planning ?splatter

By UTE SCHULENBERG

ACCORDING to Frank Sartor the aim of the draft Mid North Coast Regional Strategy is to 'stop the splatter approach to planning'.

The NSW minister for planning, who launched the draft document yesterday in Coffs Harbour, said with population forecasts of 91,000 additional residents between Maclean and Tea Gardens over the next 25 years, certainty of land use was needed.

"The idea of this document is to give a blueprint of where development can occur and where it can't," Mr Sartor said.

"We estimate that this growth will require 58,000 more dwellings and 47,000 more jobs. The draft plan places most of that growth in the four major regional centres of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Grafton and Taree."

Mr Sartor said the strategy would help resolve contentious planning issues by making it clear to both councils and developers where and how development should occur.

"The theme of this document is sustainability," he said.

"Financial, infrastructure, environmental and social ? we want quality development."

The potential need for an additional 225 hectares of industrial land over the next 25 years has been identified, with Coffs Harbour marked as a major centre for that growth.

A spokesperson from the Coffs Harbour City Council said when finalised, the strategy would help the council shape its own industrial land strategy, due for development this year.

With about 5.4 million tourists coming to the Mid North Coast each year, tourism was identified as the major employment provider for the future and local councils will be required to identify a range of tourism land uses in their local environment plans.

Public comments on the draft strategy are encouraged.

The documents will be on exhibition until March 16 and can be seen at www.planning.nsw.gov.au.



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