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Local Strategic Planning Statement

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopted its first Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) “Shaping Our Future 2040” on 30 September 2020.

R ead the plan here22MB pdf(PDF, 22MB), it is consistent with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and associated Regulation.

“Shaping Our Future 2040” is the core strategic land-use planning document for the whole of Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area (LGA). It outlines the 20-Year vision for land-use planning in our local area and sets the direction for our community’s environmental, social, and economic land-use needs.

Shaping Our Future will guide land-use planning decisions into the future. It will guide the character of our centres and neighbourhoods and give direction to the decisions we will make to preserve and enhance the wellbeing of our people, our environment and our lifestyle. It sets in motion a series of actions to be implemented by Council, other levels of government and the private sector over time.

Shaping Our Future is a living document and as such will be regularly reviewed in order to adapt to changes in our community's needs and priorities, national and state priorities and changes in our external environment over its 20-year life.

The Role of Shaping Our Future is to:
  • Set the 20 year land-use vision for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region
  • Identify the special characteristics that contribute to local identity and make our area special
  • Recognise our shared community values and how they will be maintained or enhanced
  • Direct how we manage future change
  • Identify and give effect to relevant directions located within the North Coast Regional Plan 2036
  • Identify gaps of knowledge where further strategic planning work is needed
  • Link Council’s strategies and plans to the implementation of the NSW Government’s Strategic Plans
  • Shape planning controls to facilitate the external environment over its 20-year life.
Our strategic planning vision

Port Macquarie-Hastings is above all a place for our people.

A vibrant and welcoming place where city meets country and coast. A place which protects and embraces our proud heritage and unique natural environment. An inclusive place of strong resilient communities where people prosper. A place that people want to be a part of.

How Shaping Our Future will be used

Shaping Our Future will be used to direct the actions that will be required to achieve our vision. It will be used:

     By Council

  • To assess planning proposals within a strategic framework as part of the strategic merit test (as outlined in NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment guidelines for preparing planning proposals and local environmental plans);
  • To inform planning controls in Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP);
  • To inform our operational and delivery plans to better align growth and change with community needs and expectations;
  • To identify and inform priority projects that will shape our LGA;
  • To identify infrastructure priorities, and help us advocate to other levels of government for new infrastructure and services to support growth;
  • To shape projects such as place plans, master plans and structure plans;
  • To inform sustainable transport planning; and
  • To support funding applications for priorities identified within Shaping Our Future.


    By the Community

  • To know that there is a strategic planning vision for the region; what that vision is and how it will affect them.


    By NSW State Agencies and the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPI&E)

  • To understand Port Macquarie-Hastings’ contribution to the North Coast planning priorities;
  • To inform future revisions of regional plans including the North Coast Regional Plan; and
  • To identify how and when Council proposes to implement State and regional strategic and statutory plans and priorities at the local level.


    By Developers and Industry Professionals

  • To align planning and development proposals with the community’s land-use vision and their priorities for Port Macquarie Hastings.

This page was last updated on: 14 September 2021