City Planning and Development  

Update at July 2019

The City’s future development is guided by the following key Wagga Wagga City Council plans:-

  • Community Strategic Plan 2040 (2017)

  • Spatial Plan 2013-2043 (2013)

  • Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan 2040 (2017)

  • Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy and Implementation Plan 2040

  • Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan 2010

  • Wagga Wagga Development Control Plan 2010

  • Wagga Wagga Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2019-2034

The Council also develops Master Plans for various key areas of the city to inform the Development Control Plan, a number of which are due for renewal.

The Council currently has the Health and Knowledge Precinct Master Plan out for public exhibition.

The designation of the Bomen Industrial Estate by the State Government as a Special Activation Precinct also impacts on the existing Council master plan for that area.

The designation of a Growth Centre under the State Governments 2018 20Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW, with a targeted population of 100,000 people by 2038 will require Wagga Wagga City Council plans to be revised to align with this target and address the needs of the city as it grows towards that target. It is anticipated that Council will progressively update the current plans through to 2020.

Background

Wagga Wagga City Council proposes to undertake comprehensive reviews and updates of the city’s key planning documents, including the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan. It is highly important the reviews of these documents consider the economic benefit of developing flexible, pro-development guidelines that will encourage development activity within the city rather than constrain it. It is critical the process of renewing the documents consists of regular and collaborative consultation with key industry stakeholders to ensure buy-in and support at a local level. 

The importance of a strong, clear plan is evidenced by a comprehensive survey undertaken by C4Wagga’s 65 members in 2017, indicating the LEP is one of the most important community documents. 

It is expected a planning proposal to amend the current LEP will be initiated in mid-2017 and legislated in mid-2018 following the necessary passage through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s Gateway Process. In addition, the current LEP will be initiated in 2017 followed by a comprehensive review and renewal in 2018 to ensure the document aligns with the current trends and requirements of development in and around the city. 


Key Stakeholders: 

Wagga Wagga City Council 
Committee 4 Wagga 
Industry groups (HIA – Wagga Wagga) 
Wagga Wagga Business Chamber 
Women in Business 

Recommendation: 

Encourage Wagga Wagga City Council to regularly engage with C4Wagga and key stakeholders at relevant stages of the Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plan review process.