Development Consultation Forum 2021

Council's Director Planning and Environment, Peter Mickleson on stage at CPAC for the Development Consultation Forum 2021

Council’s Director Planning and Environment, Peter Mickleson presenting at the Development Consultation Forum 2021

Cessnock City Council held its fifteenth annual Development Consultation Forum this week at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.

A range of stakeholders attended from across the Hunter Region, including representatives from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment; the development and housing industry; and Council staff.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent opened the forum with the good news that development activity in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) has increased sharply over the past year.

Attendees heard from a number of keynote speakers in respect of the following topics:

  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – planning reforms, review of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and progress on the Hunter Expressway Strategy
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers – recent decisions of the NSW Land and Environment Court
  • Strategic Planning projects
  • Traffic and Transportation Strategy
  • Economic Development Strategy
  • City Wide Flood Study

Mayor Pynsent outlined how Council has been successfully hosting Development Consultation Forums since 2013, with close to 600 representatives from the industry attending over the past few years.

“The forums are provided to help the development industry make informed decisions about doing business in Cessnock, and network with Council staff and other industry stakeholders”, Mayor Pynsent said.

For more information about development in the Cessnock LGA, visit the Plan and build section of Council’s website.

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