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Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy and other local strategies

The Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy (the Strategy) provides a framework to direct future planning and investment decisions for a period of 25 years from 2006 to 2031. The Strategy, together with structure plans for Moruya, Narooma and Batemans Bay, will inform the future integrated Local Environmental Plan for Eurobodalla Shire.

There are many factors that have influenced the content of the Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy. Some of these factors are:

  • high population growth
  • the need for housing choice
  • the need to protect coastal ecosystems and scenic values
  • the need for employment opportunities
  • the lack of alternative transport modes
  • the need to provide infrastructure.

The Strategy is aligned with the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, prepared by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Illawarra and South Coast Regional Office.

What are the aims and objectives of the Strategy?

Aims

Broadly, the aims of the Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy are to effectively:

  • conserve biodiversity
  • respect our diverse cultural background
  • stimulate economic and community development
  • provide efficient public services.

The approach is one that takes into account land capability and the carrying capacity of the land to determine appropriate land-uses. It is also about generating social capital - cohesion, trust and human support systems through community economic development and a sustainable pattern of settlement.

Objectives

At the core of the Strategy is the belief that containing new development and accommodating population growth within compact well-planned settlements, will bring social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits. The objectives of the Strategy include, to:

  • balance urban growth within ecological, natural resource and servicing constraints
  • strengthen the role of the major centres of Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, and reinforce the existing commercial hierarchy to ensure that neighbourhoods are centered around services and civic facilities
  • provide opportunities for greater diversity in retail and commercial businesses by supporting active and vibrant town and village centres, and protecting the viability and safety of main streets
  • consolidate growth in existing urban and rural residential areas to prevent new unsustainable settlement patterns developing, such as ribbon development
  • limit coastal sprawl and maintain separation between settlements
  • protect and enhance the cultural, social, heritage, ecological and visual characteristics of each locality, and
  • provide a greater range of housing choices to address the needs of various lifecycle stages and socio-economic categories.

Read the Strategy

Structure plans

Moruya Structure Plan

Moruya Structure Plan

This plan sets out the planning framework for protection of the environment, traffic movement and connectivity, and the scale, pattern and broad location of development for Moruya.

Greater Batemans Bay Structure Plan

Greater Batemans Bay Structure Plan

This plan sets the broad scale strategic framework for the development of the twelve communities included in the greater Batemans Bay locality.

Draft Nature Coast Design Guide

Draft Nature Coast Design Guide

The draft Nature Coast Design Guide seeks to create an urban environment that fits with and responds to its surroundings.

Batemans Bay Town Centre Structure Plan

Batemans Bay Town Centre Structure Plan

This plan sets out the vision for the Batemans Bay town centre, with the aim to build a vibrant and diverse town centre environment for current and future generations.

Other documents

The following strategies and documents, together with the Eurobodalla Settlement Strategy, should also be considered in the preparation of Development Applications and planning proposals:

Community Strategic Plan

Eurobodalla Community Strategic Plan

The Community Strategic Plan identifies the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future, and sets out strategies for achieving these goals.

Economic Development and Employment Lands Strategy

Economic Development and Employment Lands Strategy

This strategy is a long-term plan for the delivery of business opportunities and employment in the Eurobodalla, identifying potential future employment lands in the Shire to 2030.

Recreation and Open Space Strategy

Recreation and Open Space Strategy

This strategy provides a strategic approach for Council to understand, ensure and protect the community's recreation needs and access to open spaces.

Rural Lands Strategy

Rural Lands Strategy

The Rural Lands Strategy aims to encourage a vibrant commercial agriculture sector, increase rural living opportunities and support the growth of rural business opportunities while balancing rural economic outcomes with the requirements to conserve the biodiversity and landscape qualities of Eurobodalla’s private lands.

We can help you

If you need more information, please contact Council's Land-Use Planning Coordinator, Nathan Farnell, on: