Kempsey Local Growth Management Strategy - Residential Component 2010



Aerial photograph of the Macleay Valley

The Mid North Coast Regional Strategy requires councils to prepare a local growth management strategy prior to preparing a local environmental plan to zone land for all residential, rural residential, commercial and industrial land uses as well as, in some circumstances, for special purposes like tourism.

The Regional Strategy is now the primary regional planning policy for councils within the Mid North Coast region. Local growth management strategies are required to apply the vision and strategic directions outlined in the Regional Strategy at the local level. The local strategy will then guide the development of new local environmental plans and development control plans to implement policy.

The Residential Component of the Strategy is the first component of the Local Growth Management Strategy, with future reviews to incorporate rural residential, commercial and industrial land uses. The rural residential component will also satisfy clause 20(1) of the North Coast Regional Environmental Plan.

This Strategy is based on the Kempsey Shire Population Profile 2008, the Kempsey Shire Urban Land Capacity Report 2007, and the Kempsey Shire Population Projections Report 2008.

The Population Profile provides a snapshot of the demographic characteristics of Kempsey within the North Coast Region, in comparison to NSW and Australian averages. It also provides a snapshot of the 7 urban localities (Stuarts Point, South West Rocks, Hat Head, Crescent Head, Smithtown/Gladstone, Frederickton and Kempsey) and of the rural areas, disaggregated into three segments (Coastal Rural, Central Rural and Inland Rural).

The Urban Land Capacity Report documents the potential maximum development capacity of all currently zoned urban land and identified potential future urban release areas. The Population Projections report analyses population projections, and dwelling demand projections, to the year 2031, provided in the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy. It also considers other sources of population projections and targets, having regard to estimated resident population figures, history of dwelling approvals and declining household size. Low, medium and high projection scenarios are developed, which are then used to project dwelling demand to 2031.

The Residential Component of this Strategy is based on an examination of the current supply of residential land, and the predicted demand for dwellings. This is refined to estimate demand in five year increments, and by locality. This is then used to identify land to be rezoned over the period of the Strategy, to ensure an adequate supply is available to meet projected demand, in each locality.

The Strategy is required to contain a servicing and infrastructure program summary for the supply of utilities and social facilities. This Residential Settlement Strategy only addresses infrastructure required for residential settlement, and will be reviewed and refined as additional land use components are added to the Strategy.
It is anticipated that the Rural Residential component (Chapter 7) will be added in 2010, with Business and Employment Land Stocks (Chapter 8) in 2011.

A 5 year review, in 2014, will be undertaken to reassess the population growth projections against actual growth. It will also be timely to review the future role of the areas of Hat Head and Stuarts Point, and Council’s capacity to provide adequate sewerage infrastructure to support potential growth in these localities.