Maitland Strategies, Structure Plans & Policies

For any information about these documents, please contact the City Strategy Team on 4934 9700 or email to strategicplanning@maitland.nsw.gov.au.

Strategies

Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy 2001-2020

The Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy 2001-2020 (MUSS) is reviewed every five years with an annual report addressing urban supply and demand to ensure that:

There is an adequate supply of land available across the Maitland local government area (LGA) to accommodate the anticipated population growth;

To reflect any poliy changes made by Council and/or other levels of government; and

To keep the strategy current with new economic and urban development issues.

 

Maitland Rural Strategy 2005

The long-term vision for Maitland's rural areas is to provide a land use planning and management framework to guide future decisions about the use of the City's rural lands.  The Strategy is specifically concerned with maintaining the economic viability of agriculture and protecting the natural, ecological and scenic quality of the rural environment.

The Rural Lands Strategy is about identifying 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.

To read the current Maitland Rural Strategy 2005 or download/print, click on the following link:

Structure Plans

Central Maitland Structure Plan (Adopted)

The NSW Department of Planning's Lower Hunter Regional Strategy and Council's own planning frameworks identify Central Maitland as the primary centre and "heart" of our local government area.

With increasing commercial development in locations such as Rutherford and Greenhills, Council must develop additional strategies to support the development of Central Maitland to ensure that it's role as the primary centre is maintained and to improve the interrelationship of the many functions - professional services, commercial operations, government, community, retail, cultural and entertainment - that make it distinct from other centres within Maitland that focus primarily on retail/commercial activities.  Issues such as access, circulation and parking will also be addressed.

Council engaged the consultancy company City Plan Urban Design to assist in the development of the principal mechanism for guiding the development of our CBD - the Central Maitland Structure Plan.  This plan , adopted 8th December 2009, modernises planning policies applying to the area.  It contains strategies to facilitate a vibrant mix of living, working, shopping and recreational activities.  These strategies guide growth and development over the next 20 years.

For further information about the preparation of the Central Maitland Structure Plan, please contact Ian Shillington on 49349825.

Central Maitland Structure Plan

Part 1 (PDF - 4.74MB)
Part 2 (PDF - 2.31MB)
Part 3 (PDF - 6.65MB)

Lochinvar Structure Plan

Lochinvar is identified in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy as a priority area to accommodate regional population growth.  In October 2007, the Lochinvar Structure Plan was approved.  The key objective of the plan is to ensure that any growth takes place in a coordinated and sustainable manner, in response to the character of Lochinvar.

The plan provides a broad framework for development in the Lochinvar area and to act as a guide for future investigations and decisions by Council and the community.  It also provides for expanded urban development and associated facilities and services consistent with the principles of sustainable liveable neighbourhoods.  That is, to provide for an urban structure of walkable neighbourhoods clustered to form towns of compatibly mixed uses that have access to services and facilities.

To read the Lochinvar Structure Plan or download/print, click on the following links:

To read more about the future of Lochinvar, click on the following link:

Thornton North Structure Plan

In 2003, a Master Plan for Thornton North was prepared an approved.  The primary focus of the Master Plan is the relationship between existing and future land uses.  Its objective is to ensure that any growth takes place in a co-ordinated and sustainable manner in consultation with the local community.

The Master Plan provides a broad framework for potential development in the Thornton North ara which will act as a guide for future investigations and decision by Council and the community.

The Master Plan is in three parts:

  • Volume 1 provides a summary of the key issues and considerations for land use in the Thornton North area and contains the Structure Plan for the study areas;
  • Volume 2 provides greater detail and background information on the planning framework, natural environment, consultation actiivities, urban design issues and heritage; and
  • Volume 3 provides s detailed traffic impact assessment.

To read the Thornton North Structure Plan or download/print, click on the following link:

Gillieston Heights Structure Plan

The Gillieston Heights Urban Release Area comprises residential areas, centrally located neighbouhood shops, a potential school site, open space and areas of existing vegetation, which provide a backdrop to the future development.  The purpose of the Area Plan is to give detailed guidance to people wishing to carry out development within the Gillieston Heights Urban Release Area.

The residential areas are to be developed into a series of neighbourhoods defined by the natural landform, shared pathways and roads. Streets will be designed for safety, connectivity and to provide opportunities for establishing new plantings and attractive streetscapes.  Any school, neighbourhood shops and parks will be located adjacent to bus routes and provide a focal point for community activity.

To read the Gillieston Heights Structure Plan or download/print, click on the following link:

Aberglasslyn Structure Plan

The purpose is to give detailed guidance to people wishing to carry out development within the Aberglasslyn Urban Release Area.  It provides more detailed provisions than those contained in the Maitland Local Environmental Plan 1993, and indicates Council's objectives and development standards for the area.

The plan provides for:

  • A transport movement hierarchy;
  • An overall landscaping strategy;
  • Location for appropriate drainage and water quality measures:
  • Identification of any natural and environmental hazards,
  • Identification of any significant development sites within the Aberglasslyn Urban Release Area that require detailed urban design controls,
  • Idenfication for a potential shcool site and potential neighbourhood shops, including appropriate traffic management provisions and car parking,
  • Measures to reduce impact for future residential development from the railway, vehicular traffic, and the adjoining extractive industries along the Hunter River, in accordance with the relevant Department of Environment and Conservation criteria and any relevant Australian Standards,
  • A mixture of residential densities and forms that reflects the capabilities and constraints of the site;
  • Protection of scenic values and significant vegetation on the site, particularly within, and adjacnet to the Heritage Control Area, Aberglasslyn Road and Oakhampton wetlands.

To read the Aberglasslyn Structure Plan or download/print, click on the following links:

Plans and Policies

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 and visitors of Maitland.  Maitland City Council adopted 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 clusters 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 services in a pleasant environment for residents, employees and visitors;
  • Guide future land use and development decisions which reflect the principles of this strategy, the vision of the activity centre or employment cluster, to support the residential growth within the Maitland LGA; and
  • Ensure that future reviews of this strategy and future policies relating to activity centres and employment clusters are flexible and able to respond to the changing economic and social circumstances.  This includes the recognition that the network and hierarchy of activity centres and employment clusters may change over time to facilitate new uses and working practices.

To read the Activity Centres and Employment Clusters Strategy 2010 or download/print, click on the following links:

Maitland Centres Study - Technical Document

Expert retail and economic planning consultancy, Hill PDA was commissioned by Council to prepare a study which is the basis of the activity centres and employment clusters strategy.  This study analysed the future growth of centres within the Maitland Local Government Area the study will assist in the review of the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy and guide the preparation of the Maitland Local Environmental Plan 2011.

The key objectives of the study are as follows:

  • to identify the number, type and location of centres in Maitland, considering future population growth and development, as well as regional influences;
  • to promote the regional role of the Maitland's Central Business District, to protect and strengthen other key centres and to limit the development of retail and commercial uses outside of centres;
  • to anticipate and accommodate population growth, facilitate a diversity of employment opportunities and support clusters of civic, educational, medical and entertainment clusters; and
  • to identify measures for centres at risk of decline.

The study has a 25 year timescale.  It assesses emerging trends and demands generated within the LGA up to 2031, in accordance with the targets and principles established by the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy, prepared by the Department of Planning.

To read the Maitland Centres Study (Nov 2009) or download/print, click on the following link:

Woodberry and Tenambit Commercial Precinct Revitalisation Plan

The proposed works will visually enhance the centre and provide a safer user environment.  It is envisaged shop owners will undertake improvements to their respective premises to compliment the works proposed within the revitalisation plan.

The revitalisation Plan for both the Woodberry and Tenambit commercial precinct reflects those issues raised by the working group and public submissions, where appropriate, and includes the recommendations of the LTC.

Woodberry Commercial Precinct Revitalisation Plan

The revitalisation plan aims to:

  • Identifies improvements to street, footpaths and carparking finishes;
  • Provides for enhancement of pedestrian links to all areas of the centre including surrounding community facilities;
  • Provides improvement and creation of pedestrian space including seating and landscape treatment;
  • Reinforces the major entries to the precinct from both approaches;
  • Provides a safer user environment.

More specifically the plan provides for measures to provide:

  • Improved lighting and signage within the centre;
  • Improved landscaping and street furniture (eg. bench seats, tables, bike racks, bollards);
  • Additional garbage bins and more appropriate location for existign large bin;
  • Improved pedestrian paths; and
  • Improved car parking facility, loading bay and a bus shelter.

To view the Woodberry Commercial Precinct Revitalisation Plan or download/print, click on the following link:

Tenambit Commercial Precinct Revitalisation Plan

The revitalisation plan aims to:

  • Identifies improvements to street, footpaths and carparking finishes;
  • Provides for enhancement of pedestrian links to all areas of the centre including surrounding community facilities;
  • Provides improvements and creation of pedestrian space including seating and landscape treatment;
  • Reinforces the major entries to the precinct from both approaches;
  • Provides a safer user environment.

More specifically the plan provides for measures to provide:

  • Improved signage within the centre, both for the precinct and parking;
  • Improved and additional landscaping and street furniture (eg. bench seats, tables, bike racks, bollards);
  • Garbage bin covers;
  • Additional pedestrian paths and surface treatments; and
  • Improved car parking facility, including kerbing and drainage, where appropriate. 

To view the Tenambit Commercial Precinct Revitalisation Plan or download/print, click on the following lik: