Strategies and planning guides
Community Engagement Strategy
The Community Engagement Strategy reflects our commitment to involving our community in effective engagement that actively shapes and influences the future of the Port Stephens area.
Development Control Plan
The Port Stephens Development Control Plan 2014 (DCP) provides further guidance to the Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP). It was adopted by Council on Tuesday 14 July 2015 and became effective on Thursday 6 August 2015.
Economic Development Strategy
We lead an integrated approach to the community's focus of a livable and vibrant place that supports local economic growth. Our leadership is focused on creating results that help make Port Stephens a better place to live, work and play.
Our Liveability Index measures how people experience places in Port Stephens. Liveability is what a place is like to live in — a liveable place is a healthy place. Find out how we went here.
Local Housing Strategy
Our Local Housing Strategy, provides the strategic direction for future housing in our area. It encourages more housing in key locations that are well connected to employment, education, open spaces, transport and services.
Local Infrastructure Contributions
Council collects contributions from developers to provide local infrastructure and facilities under section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. These funds are essential to ensure our infrastructure meets the needs of our growing population.
Local Environmental Plan
The Port Stephens Local Environmental Plan 2013 (LEP) guides planning decisions for our local government area. It does this through zoning, development standards and assessment requirements, which provide a framework for the way land can be used.
Open space and recreation planning
Open spaces are publicly accessible spaces that can be used for recreation. They provide a place for our community to come together, be active and connect with nature. These include parks, sporting grounds, foreshores, civics spaces and more.
Port Stephens Local strategic planning statement
Our Port Stephens Local Strategic Planning Statement sets out the vision for land use in Port Stephens over the next 20 years.