Gosford revitalisation ready to take off

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AFTER more than a year of consultation, the New South Wales government has released the final framework to revitalise Gosford, including a suite of new planning controls.

NSW Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the final Government Architect report will enable the city to fulfil its destiny as the vibrant and thriving capital of the Central Coast.

“People had different views on how it should be achieved but the message was loud and clear on one thing: revitalisation of Gosford needs to happen and it needs to happen now.

“Today we are putting in place the framework to drive further investment, attract new residents, business, tourists, cultural activity and jobs to Gosford,” he said.

Acting NSW Government Architect Olivia Hyde said the final Gosford City Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF) maps out a design-led, place-based revitalisation process that focuses on public domain renewal.

“The place-based approach recommends focus on the delivery of attractive public places and the activation of these spaces as well as connectivity between the three core areas of Gosford City Centre,” she said.

“City North focuses on connecting the greatly expanded Gosford Hospital to the city across the rail corridor, to spread the benefits of the $400m investment into the development of the health and education precinct.

“City South makes stronger links between the city and the waterfront parklands to draw together locals, land, culture, history and recreation in a beautiful parkland destination and Civic Heart – Kibble Park and surrounds, links the City North to the City South.” Hyde added.

The government also released the final Gosford City Centre State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), Development Control Plan (DCP) and Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said the SEPP and DCP will provide greater protection against overshadowing because they introduce measureable performance standards that replace the purely subjective provisions in the current controls, that are open to interpretation.

He added that the SIC will collect contributions for infrastructure that supports growth as the revitalisation program continues to roll out, reducing the overall contributions from 4% to 3% of the cost of development, with 1% to go to a new local contributions plan.

“The SIC incentivises development in Gosford and reflects the Government’s $52 million commitment to upgrade vital water and sewer infrastructure and public domain in the city centre,” Roberts said.

The SEPP will remain a stand-alone state policy until Central Coast Council completes its comprehensive Local Environmental Plan (LEP).

The government also unveiled the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC), a merged entity under the leadership of CEO Michael Cassel who led the change and transformation of Newcastle into a vibrant, dynamic and thriving hub of the Hunter Region.

“When it comes to urban renewal and seizing opportunities to drive economic growth in cities, there is no one better than Cassel,” Roberts continued.

Shearer will now focus on the continued delivery of the many other priority projects of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 (Regional Plan).

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