• Annemarie Taylor

Hawkesbury’s Draft Rural Lands Strategy on public exhibition – get your feedback in

We should all be interested in the way rural land within the Hawkesbury is used and how development plans might operate in the future, and now’s the community’s chance to have their say with the release of the Draft Hawkesbury Rural Lands Strategy.

The Strategy includes key recommendations around:

· growth management

· rural lands preservation

· economic development

· land use planning

The aim of the Strategy in its draft form is to:

· identify the economic, environmental and social opportunities for the preservation, management and enhancement of rural lands within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area

· guide the future planning, development and management of rural lands within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area

· inform robust decision making and outcomes for planning proposals, development applications and a review of broader strategic plans such as the Hawkesbury Local Environmental Plan 2012 and Development Control Plan

· provide appropriate land use planning controls reflective of the circumstances of Hawkesbury’s rural lands taking into account the impacts of emerging pressures and opportunities.

The last point here is rather vague, so do make sure you get your submissions into council and get your views known.

The Draft Hawkesbury Rural Lands Strategy is available for view now and comment on Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.go.au via the Have Your say tab or the link www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au and at Council’s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor from Friday, 18 December until Monday, 15 February 2021. Standard opening hours of Council’s Administration Building are 9am to 4pm but please refer to Council’s Christmas/New Year hours of operation on Council’s website www.hawkesbury.nsw.go.au during the Christmas period.

If you would like to make a submission, quote Reference: Draft Hawkesbury Rural Lands Strategy. Submissions may be made in writing, addressed to the General Manager, Hawkesbury City Council, PO Box 146, Windsor NSW 2756, or by email to council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or by completing an online submission via Your Hawkesbury Your Say up to close of business by Monday, February 15. Council will consider all submissions received at a Council meeting after February 15.

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