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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward

Central Coast Council will include "character statements" for each ward if it is successful in its request for a 12-month deferral of Central Coast Council's Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

Deputy mayor Cr Jane Smith called for both the deferral and the inclusion of the character statements.

Council decided to defer public exhibition of the statement due to the difficulty allowing the community to have it's say during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council will write to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment seeking a 12-month extension for the public exhibition of the draft which outlines the basis for strategic planning on the Coast.

Cr Smith said it would be difficult to expect the community to engage in the process at present.

She said all councils in NSW outside of the metropolitan areas had a deadline of the end of June to adopt these statements and most would, like Central Coast Council, be ready to go on public exhibition but it was difficult to see how this could happen under the circumstances.

"We need to do this well so on the advice of staff it is worth asking the question of the Department of Planning for a 12-month extension," she said.

Local ward representative Cr Troy Marquart asked what would happen if the request to the State Government was unsuccessful.

Director of Planning Mr Scott Cox said it was unknown but his department had a letter prepared for the State Government and would hope for an answer within two weeks.

He said the character statement work would take 12 months and there was to be community workshops which could not go ahead at present.

The statement takes into account economic, social and environmental matters, the planning priorities aligning with any strategic plans applying to areas; the actions required for achieving those planning priorities; and the basis on which the Council is to monitor and report on the implementation of those actions.

At its previous meeting, on March 9, the council had decided to defer its decisions on two other draft documents - the Local Environment Plan and the Development Control Plan - until the Local Strategic Planning Statement had been adopted.

The council also recommended a raft of changes to those two drafts.

Councillors are to receive a further briefing on the draft plans.

Councillors and staff will meet with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to discuss and outline a process to take these "key strategic planning processes forward".

The draft plans were developed following a period of public consultation, which generated over 700 written submissions.

The purpose of the plans is to consolidate and harmonise planning controls across the region and simplify planning processes and is the first stage in the Central Coast Comprehensive Local Environment Plan Review.

At the March 9 meeting, Cr Smith said it was doing things back to front to try to finalise the two plans before the Local Strategic Planning Statement was adopted.

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