City of Newcastle DCP 2023: A New Era

Feb 2024

As we navigate the vibrant and ever-evolving terrain of town planning and development approvals, staying ahead of regulatory changes is not just beneficial—it's essential. The leap from the Newcastle Development Control Plan (DCP) 2012 to the 2023 edition marks a significant shift towards a more sustainable, accessible, and biodiverse future for our beloved city.

Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

The 2023 DCP heralds a new era of comprehensive stormwater management strategies. With a keen emphasis on sustainable practices such as on-site detention and bioretention systems, this plan is a commitment to enhancing water quality and mitigating urban flooding risks. These measures are pivotal as we address the broader challenges of climate change, ensuring developments not only coexist with nature but actively contribute to its resilience.

Enhancing Accessibility with Liveable Housing Standards

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, the 2023 DCP embraces the Liveable Housing Australia (LHA) standards. This initiative mandates that new developments incorporate dwellings designed to meet specific accessibility criteria, ensuring at least 20% of dwellings in larger projects achieve Platinum Level LHA standards. It's a testament to the city’s dedication to creating spaces that welcome everyone, fostering a community that's accommodating for all.

Biodiversity and Vegetation Management

The updated DCP places a strong emphasis on protecting the rich tapestry of biodiversity and urban greenery that defines Newcastle. By introducing measures to safeguard high environmental value lands, responsibly manage vegetation clearing, and bolster the urban forest, there is a clear pledge to preserve Newcastle's natural heritage. These efforts highlight the city's commitment to nurturing green infrastructure, laying the foundation for a healthier, more vibrant urban ecosystem.

Looking Forward

These updates are more than just regulatory changes; they are a call to action for developers, planners, and community members alike. As we embark on this journey towards a Newcastle that shines brighter in its sustainability, accessibility, and environmental stewardship, the potential to enhance our city's landscape and the quality of life for its inhabitants is immense.

Navigating these updates can be complex, but you don't have to do it alone. At Approved, we specialise in guiding projects through the maze of new regulations with expertise and ease. If you're planning a development in Newcastle and need assistance, reach out to us today.

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