Thank you for your help in letting us know your thoughts on our draft MidCoast Rural Strategy. We are currently reviewing the submissions we have received and reporting to the elected Council on aspects of the feedback.

The Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy provides a consolidated platform for considering how land and water resources outside our towns and villages are expected to be used and developed in the coming decades. It also establishes a program of actions Council and other stakeholders can take to facilitate the sustainable use of the region’s assets.

The Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy is the final body of work to be undertaken before we start developing a new, contemporary set of planning controls for the MidCoast - including a Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and a Development Control Plan (DCP) - that will cater for our community now and into the future... while ensuring we maintain the unique character of our existing towns, villages and rural areas.

Key terms

Below are some key terms that we use in our Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy.

  • Local Environmental Plan – this Plan is an important roadmap for the future of our region, providing the rules for future development. It dictates the zones we use and specifies what you can and cannot do on your land.
  • Development Control Plan – this Plan specifies how you can develop your land, drilling down into more detail, providing guidance on local controls for future development like parking, landscaping, and environmental considerations.

View the Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy - Overview below

To view the Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy - Overview document in full-screen in the interactive PDF viewer above, select the bracket icon at the bottom-right side the toolbar to enable full-screen.

If you are having trouble viewing the document in the interactive PDF viewer, you may also download the full Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy - Overview in the Document library on this page.

You can also view the full Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy document in the Document library.

Read the Paper Subdivisions Analysis Report here

Zones in focus in the Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy

The Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy will predominantly focus on land to which the following zonings do, or should, apply:

  • RU1 – Primary Production
  • RU2 – Rural Landscape
  • RU3 – Forestry
  • RU4 – Primary Production Small Lots
  • RU5 – Village
  • E1 – National Parks and Nature Reserves
  • E2 – Environmental Conservation
  • E3 – Environmental Management
  • E4 – Environmental Living
  • W1 – Natural Waterways
  • W2 – Recreational Waterways
  • W3 – Working Waterways

Other planning controls that are being considered as part of the Draft MidCoast Rural Strategy include:

  • Minimum lot size standards for subdivision in rural areas; and
  • Local provisions and environmental overlays to assist with the protection of, for example, drinking water catchments and steep land
  • Non-urban land/paper subdivisions


Our project team is reviewing feedback received on the draft Rural Strategy and reporting to the elected Council on the topics raised.

Read more about the meetings and see the submissions on the 'Project updates' section on this page, or click here.

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.