Kiama Council has started the process of developing a local strategic planning statement (LSPS) that will set out:

  • A 20 year vision for land use in the local area
  • the special characteristics which contribute to local identity
  • shared community values to be maintained and enhanced
  • how growth and change will be managed into the future.

Once the LSPS is in place, it will shape the comprehensive reviews of the Kiama Local Environmental Plan 2011 and the Kiama Development Control Plan 2012. It will also provide a solid foundation for the review of Council’s Community Strategic Plan that is scheduled for 2020-21.

Phase One: November 2018 - Community Scoping and Vision - Completed

Throughout November 2018, a number of workshops were held as the first phase of engagement to:

  • Inform the community and stakeholders about the LSPS
  • identify key community issues and values
  • develop a preliminary high level strategic vision/narrative for the Municipality
  • prioritise the key themes and responses that will guide more detailed analysis and provide a framework for the development of the Statement.

The outcomes from the initial round of community and stakeholder engagement have helped council officers identify the issues and priorities that require more detailed consideration.

Phase Two: January to June 2019 - Community Testing

Regional engagement with State agencies and peak groups, coordinated across the four local government areas by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation, will take place in early 2019.

In mid-2019, Council will again engage with the community to talk about the options to address themes such as housing, employment, environment and agriculture. Technical papers will be prepared to guide the discussions with the community around the identified themes.

During this phase of the process, Council will go out to Gerringong, Jamberoo, Kiama and North Kiama/Minnimurra to talk about local character and local priorities.

Phase Three: August 2019 - Finalising Draft

Phase Four: September/October 2019 - Statutory Exhibition

The formal adoption process of the Local Strategic Planning Statement will involve Council endorsement of a draft, a statutory exhibition and Council resolution to adopt a final LSPS.

Phase Five: November 2019 - Submit to NSW Government