Long term planning

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Maitland +10 Plan

Maitland +10 is our ten year Community Strategic Plan, which captures our community’s vision and priorities for the future.

For each new term of Council, the Community Strategic Plan is reviewed to ensure alignment with the current community goals. In June 2022, Council adopted the latest Maitland +10 Plan. The plan is developed as a reference for Council, state government agencies, community groups, non-government organisations, businesses and individuals, who all play a part in building our ideal future.

The Plan creates a range of themes that drive the actions of our Resourcing Strategy, Delivery Program and annual Operational Plan. At the end of the term, the sitting Council reviews the Maitland 10+ outcomes and reports on its achievements in an ‘End of Term Report’.

View the current Maitland +10 Plan

Delivery Program

Following an election, each new Council develops a Delivery Program to outline the organisation’s objectives for the term. The Delivery Program seeks to achieve the community’s vision and priorities for the future set out in the Maitland +10 Plan.

The annual Operational Plan, Capital Works Program, and the Fees and Charges support the Delivery Program. The On the Move report is published twice yearly, detailing the current Delivery Program's progress.

View the current Delivery Program for 2022-26

Operational Plan

The annual Operational Plan details actions that Council will take over the next financial year to help progress the Delivery Program.

The Plan helps to achieve the objectives of the Delivery Program. It includes a budget statement, works program, information on rates, and a list of fees and charges.

At the end of each financial year, Council's Annual Report is provided to Councillors, the NSW Government and the community, detailing our progress in achieving the Operational Plan.

View the current Operational Plan for 2023-24

On the Move

On the Move provides an overview of the progress and steps taken towards achieving the objectives of the Delivery Program.

The report is published twice yearly, typically in February and May.

View the most recent On the Move

Maitland Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040+

The Maitland Local Strategic Planning Statement 2040+ sets out a 20-year vision for land use.

The Statement identifies the challenges the local area will face in coming years and outlines how growth and change will be managed into the future, working with the community and other stakeholders.

It explains how state and regional plans, such as the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, and Council's strategic plans will be implemented in the Maitland Local Government Area.

View the Local Strategic Plan 2040+

Maitland Local Housing Strategy 2041

The Maitland Local Housing Strategy 2041 sets out a framework to guide future growth and change of our residential areas over the next 20 years.

It recognises and responds to evidence about what types of housing will be needed for our growing and changing population, where it can be best located and how Council will deliver better housing outcomes, together with community and other stakeholders.

The Strategy was adopted by Council on 27 June 2023.

View the Maitland Local Housing Strategy 2041

Maitland Rural Land Strategy 2041

The Maitland Rural Land Strategy 2041 provides an evidence-based framework for guiding and managing of our rural land over the next 20 years. It aims to support and protect agricultural land in the long term, facilitate investment and open opportunities for local economic growth and diversification.

The Strategy was adopted by Council on 27 June 2023.

View the Maitland Rural Land Strategy 2041

Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2030

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2030 is a strategy for a more liveable and sustainable Maitland.

It sets out a pathway to improve community health and wellbeing and economic opportunity through improving the health of our local environment.

The strategy includes 13 targets across four theme areas, with actions Council will take and indicators which will be measured and reported upon over time to track our progress.

The Strategy was adopted by Council on 24 October 2023. 

View the Environmental Sustainability Strategy

Destination Management Plan

The Destination Management Plan is a collaborative plan for building and managing Maitland’s visitor economy.

The Destination Management Plan proposes a range of opportunities covering marketing and promotion, product development and infrastructure to enhance the City’s visitor economy.

We developed the plan with the help of 1,100+ ideas and suggestions from the community, tourism operators, local businesses and visitors.

View the Destination Management Plan

Waste Services Management Plan

The Waste Services Management Plan outlines a review into Maitland’s waste services and provides an action plan for improvements to waste services in Maitland over the next three years.

It ties into our Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) 2030, which outlines our strategic direction in relation to waste management and signals a shift towards a circular economy where resources are conserved, resource management services are provided efficiently, and the value of materials is maximised.

Several phases of consultation were conducted throughout 2022 to identify our community’s priorities on waste and environmental issues. More than 2,800 responses were received across a random phone survey and an opt in online survey.

View the Waste Services Management Plan
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Planning strategies