Environmental issues on the Central Coast

Up until the 28 February 2019 the Central Coast Council has placed on exhibition the Consolidation of all Planning Instruments. This involves a review of all Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans for the former Gosford City Council and the former Wyong Shire Council.

On Exhibition until 28th February 2019.

Central Coast Council is preparing:

  1. A Consolidated Local Environment Plan which joins the Wyong and Gosford Zoning Plans together;
  2. A Consolidated Development Control Plan to consolidate the rules.

The goal is to:

  • improve our local environment,
  • encourage investment,
  • create new jobs and quality housing;

for the growing population of the Central Coast.

bensville clearing B 2018See link to council website: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/planningcontrols

CEN has sought changes to protect the COSS lands through rezoning to E5, however, this has been refused. It is difficult to see what improvements occur to our local environment through this consolidation, when it allows; subdivision of conservation lands; intensive agriculture in the water catchment and removal of height controls.

CEN is very concerned at the approach adopted to the Consolidation, for example:

  1. Rezoning 120 lots from 7(a) which is equivalent to E2 to E3 or E4. This will allow significant subdivision in some rural areas;
  2. Allowing extensive/intensive agriculture in RU1 and RU2 zones in Wyong. This could allow increased run off from livestock into the drinking water supply;
  3. Reduction in minimum lot sizes from 550 sq metres to 450 sq metres (an increase of 1,147 lots);
  4. Reducing the minimum lot size in E4 land from 4 Ha. to 2 Ha.;
  5. Removing building height controls on R2 land in Wamberal, Terrigal, Avoca, Copacabana, Macmasters and Kilcare.

For more details see our Fact Sheet:

CEN will be holding a Workshop on Thursday evening 14th February in the Science Common Room on the Ourimbah Campus from 7pm. Come along and support CEN, the Network that supports the community.

Please send in a submission by the due date 28th February 2019.The documents under review include:


Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

FM Building, Central Coast Campus,
University of Newcastle,
Loop Road, Ourimbah,
NSW, 2258


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