The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) identifies our priorities and guides how we plan for growth that complements the unique character and landscape of our Shire through to 2040.
The statement brings together important information about our unique environment, the character of our communities, our cultural identities and our economy to set priorities for building a prosperous and liveable Shire. It will ensure growth and change can be properly managed into the future with regard to things like transport, housing, open space and recreation, the natural environment, our changing climate, the character of our towns and villages and local Aboriginal culture.
The Local Strategic Planning Statement
Council is preparing a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which will provide direction for land use in the Bega Valley Shire through to 2040. The NSW Government requires all regional Councils to adopt a LSPS by the end of June 2020.
The aim of the LSPS is to translate the vision and priorities from the Community Strategic Plan 2040 and other strategies, into specific land use planning actions for the Bega Valley Shire.
The LSPS will set out:
The LSPS covers economic, social and environmental issues that affect the whole of the Bega Valley Shire, but will also include character statements and key land use directions for the Bega, Bermagui, Eden and Merimbula town centres. Other towns and villages will be included in future revisions of the LSPS.
The LSPS will include:
Planning priorities for land use covering areas such as transport, economy, housing, open space and recreation, natural environment, changing climate, town and village character, town centres and aboriginal culture.
Actions to achieve the planning priorities and details on how Council will monitor and report on the implementation of the plan
The LSPS will draw on adopted Council strategies and plans such as the Transport Vision and Economic Development Strategy and Enterprise Land Review but will also be informed by several strategies which are currently being developed for residential and commercial land as well as new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage mapping.
The following individual strategies have been developed to inform the LSPS:
The LSPS builds on and consolidates an array of strategies and policies that identify desirable land use outcomes for the Bega Valley Shire. It includes planning priorities, strategic directions and actions that will guide Council’s decisions about how land will be used.
The document’s purpose is to:
The communities vision expressed in the CSP is “By working together, the Bega Valley Shire community integrates quality of life, enterprising business, sustainable development and conservation of the environment.” One of the primary roles of the LSPS is to translate this vision as well as the priorities expressed in the CSP into specific land use planning actions for the Shire.
As such, the LSPS addresses all CSP outcome areas of: active and healthy communities, employment and learning opportunities, sustainable living, liveable places, connected communities and leadership and governance.
Strategic Planning Coordinator
Bega Valley Shire Council
Phone: (02) 6499 2246