Gillieston Heights South Planning Proposal
Council is publicly exhibiting a Planning Proposal to rezone land for residential purposes known as the Gillieston Heights South (Western Precinct) Proposed Urban Release Area.
The purpose of the Planning Proposal is to amend the Maitland Local Environmental Plan 2011 to identify the land as an urban release area and rezone approximately 57 hectares of RU2 Rural Landscape zoned lands to R1 General Residential zoned lands.
The land included in the Planning Proposal forms part of the Kurri Kurri Hydro industrial complex. The industrial facility has ceased operation, and the landowner is investigating potential development opportunities. The southern portion of the industrial complex, approximately 1300 hectares, is in the Cessnock local government area and subject to a separate Planning Proposal.
Both the Maitland and Cessnock Planning Proposals are the result of the Hydro Kurri Kurri Rezoning Masterplan. Consequently, the Planning Proposals are on public exhibition concurrently to ensure consistency and consideration of cross boundary impacts by the broader community.
The Planning Proposal will facilitate the development of potentially 380 to 420 residential lots, subject to a development application and assessment. The proposed rezoning is supported by site specific studies which identify a need to balance the proposed residential land use with the site constraints, which will be achieved through a mix of rural and residential zones.
The public exhibition of the Planning Proposal has been coordinated with the exhibition of the NSW State Government’s draft Hunter Expressway Strategy. The Hunter Expressway Strategy will provide aligned land use plans along the Expressway and its six interchanges.
Also, Transport for NSW is currently developing a draft Cessnock Road Corridor Strategy to identify relevant road infrastructure requirements to support additional development in the locality of the Planning Proposal.
Council will consider the Planning Proposal in relation to the imminent draft Cessnock Road Corridor Strategy and any impacts on the local traffic network.
Council will also consider the potential biodiversity impacts of the Planning Proposal in parallel with the finalisation of the rezoning. A Biodiversity Certification Application to the NSW State Government will support site specific studies for the proposed rezoning and identify the need to offset any potential impacts to biodiversity.
Once rezoned, any future development would be subject to a development application and assessment under the provisions of the Maitland LEP 2011, site specific development controls and development contributions plan.
Have your say
The Planning Proposal and supporting information can be viewed at Council’s Administration Building and library branches.
You can have your say via the submission form below, email or mail.
By email: email@example.com
By mail: General Manager, Attention: Maitland Your Say Submission – Gillieston Heights South (Western Precinct) Planning Proposal, Maitland City Council, PO Box 220, Maitland NSW 2320
All submissions must include a completed Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts.
Public exhibition opens
Public exhibition closes
Finalisation of the Planning Proposal