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Opportunity for input to Local Strategic Planning Statement

Monday, 28 Sep
5:00 pm

The Local Strategic Planning Statement is required by the NSW government and will guide development in our region for the next 20 years.

The current draft does not mention climate change or any commitment to carbon reduction. This is not good enough!

We need you to raise your voice and put in a submission by Monday 28th September 2020.

Sign in and give your feedback

Question 4 of the online form asks: what are the most important land use planning issues to be addressed in guiding future growth and development of your place?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Implementation of measures responding to and acting on climate change should be identified as part of the highest priorities.

All land use planning needs to include the following guiding commitments:

  • Reduce ARC LGA Carbon Emissions to zero by 2030
  • Incorporate climate adaptation and mitigation measures
  • Include clear statements about water availability, water security and water planning

The draft plan utilises visions (eg. Armidale Regional Community Strategic Plan 2017-2017 and the New England North West Regional Plan 2036) that were written pre-Climate Emergency Declaration, pre-drought, pre-unprecedented bushfires, pre-adoption of Project Zero30, pre-Council suspension and definitely pre Covid-l9.

Councils such as Bega, The Blue Mountains and Kiama have incorporated much stronger planning priorities into their LSPS that better incorporate climate change action in the planning vision and narrative.

We urge ARC to take the time to incorporate these kinds of planning priorities in to its LSPS.



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