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We are working on developing a new MidCoast planning framework – a Local Environment Plan and a Development Control Plan - to provide a clear, consistent, region-wide framework for development.

Once in place, the new plans will guide the way we manage land across the MidCoast, catering for the needs of our current communities and helping to shape our future.

Major elements of developing our new Local Environment Plan and Development Control Plans are our rural and urban strategies.

our rural zones

We have undertaken extensive work into the rural lands that apply across the MidCoast as part of our draft Rural Strategy.

We received 431 submissions on the draft Strategy which we have used to develop the final ‘Rural Strategy – The Way Forward document’.

The Way Forward document, which was adopted by Council in December 2022, provides clear direction for key issues raised during the exhibition of the draft Rural Strategy and will be used to inform our new MidCoast Local Environmental Plan.

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  • Timeline item 1 - complete


  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Development of draft strategy

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Endorsement by elected Council for exhibition

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Information and consultation program

    30 August 2021 – 28 January 2022

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Review of feedback received

    February - May 2022

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Report feedback to elected Council

    May - September 2022

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Preparation of final draft Rural Strategy

    October - November 2022

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Adoption by elected Council

    December 2022

next steps

Now our rural and urban strategies are complete we have started work on our new MidCoast Local Environmental Plan. We will be coming out to the community in 2023 to get your feedback on this important project.

Further information and FAQs

Find out further information about Know Your Rural Zone, including fact sheets and FAQs.

Interested in similar projects?

Check out our Know Your Urban Zone project, a region-wide planning framework which focuses on key urban zones in the MidCoast.

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The Have Your Say Team


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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