Land Use Strategies
Lower Hunter Regional Strategy 2006
The Lower Hunter Regional Strategy (LHRS) is a broad, strategic land use strategy that was prepared by the NSW State Government. The primary purpose of the regional strategy is to ensure that adequate land is available and appropriately located to sustainably accommodate the projected housing and employment needs of the region's population over the next 25 years. The regional strategy also focuses development in the Lower Hunter to strengthen centres and to support Newcastle as the major regional city.
A copy of the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy can be found at:
Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy 2001-2020 (2012 Edition)
The Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy 2001-2020 (MUSS) is reviewed every 5 years to ensure that:
- There is an adequate supply of land available across the local government area (LGA) to accommodate the anticipated population growth;
- To reflect any policy changes made by Council and/or othe levels of government; and
- To keep the strategy current with new ecomomic and urban development issues.
An annual report is presented to Council that presents data on development in Maitland. This includes population growth statistics, an estimate of the area of zoned, undeveloped land, the area of land developed and the number of dwellings provided by the development industry in that period.
A copy of the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy may be downloaded by clicking here.
Maitland Rural Lands Strategy 2005
The Maitland Rural Lands Strategy provides a land-use planning and management framework to guide future decisions about the use of Maitland's rural lands. The strategy seeks to maintain the economic viability of agriculture and to protect the natural, ecological and scenic quality of the rural environment.
The Rural Lands Strategy acknowledges what Council intends to achieve in its rural areas. The strategy provides background information and historical data used to establish the vision and strategic directions and actions required to deliver environmental, social and economically sustainable management of land in the rural areas of the LGA.
Maitland Rural Strategy (2005) (PDF - 1.33MB)
Activity Centres and Employment Clusters Strategy
Strengthening Maitland's activity centres and employment clusters is a critical building block in achieving Council's vision to create a vibrant, sustainable community for the residents, workers an visitors of Maitland. Maitland City Council adpted the Activity Centres and Employment Clusters Strategy 2010 on 19 January 2010. This provides a clear direction and Council's strategic framework for the growth of all activity centres and employment clusters in the Maitland LGA.
The purpose of this strategy is to:
- Provide a logical hierarchy and network of activity centres and employment clusters which supports the growth of the local economy and employment in Maitland for the next 20 years;
- Provide clear direction as to the vision, role, function and potential growth for each activity centre and employment cluster to support the predicted population growth within the Maitland LGA over the next 20 years;
- Ensure all activity centres and employment clusters in Maitland are well designed and provide appropriate facilities and serveces in a pleasant environment for residents, employees and vistors;
- Guide future land use and development decisions which reflect the vision and principles of the strategy, and
- Ensure that future reviews of this strategy and future policies relating to activity centres and employmnet clusters are flexible and able to respond to the changing economic and social circumstances.
A copy of the Activity Centres and Employment Clusters Strategy cna be downloaded from the links below:
Activity Centres and Employment Clusters Strategy (Part C) (PDF - 3.61MB)
Maitland Centres Study 2009
In any study of centres, it is important to recognise the dynamic nature of retail, commercial and urban support services. These industries have undergone, and will continue to undergo, significant change in both form and function. They are industries that play a core role in the character and vitality of not just the economy, but also the physical manifestations of urban systems.
The impacts of population and socioeconomic changes, coupled with advances in technology and lifestyle habits, are giving rise to new retail and work place concepts, strategies, formats and experiences. Combining these factors with the significant population growth targeted for Maitland LGA over the next 25 years and the associated demand for employment and serivces, results in the need to carefully plan and enhance the function of centres and employment lands.
The study identifies that Maitland LGA is forecast to experience significant population growth and residential development by 2031. Owing to this growth, there will be a substantial increase in demand for lcoal employment opportunities and service provision.