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Commercial Land Strategy

Project Summary/background

Bega Valley Shire Council is preparing a Local Strategic Planning Statement to guide land use in the Shire through to 2040. The Local Strategic Planning Statement focuses on the economic, social and environmental planning issues that affect the whole of the Bega Valley Shire and the people who live here.  To inform the Local Strategic Planning Statement Council is undertaking several strategies including a Commercial Land Strategy.

Council has engaged Zenith Town Planning Pty Ltd and Connect Consulting to develop the Commercial Land Strategy that addresses future needs for commercial land and sets the framework for business development over the next 20 years.

The Strategy will be developed in partnership with key stakeholders including chambers of commerce, owners of commercial land, business owners and the property industry. It will build upon visioning exercises that have been carried out by these groups and for Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2040 and provide a framework for the future development of our town centres that is sympathetic to their unique character.

A series of stakeholder workshops are planned which aim to establish an agreed framework for the future development of our town centres using contemporary planning principles that have been successful in creating vibrant and energetic places here in Australia and overseas.

The Commercial Land Strategy is being prepared at the same time as a Residential Land Strategy that will address living requirements for diverse household structures, changing demographic characteristics and lifestyle preferences over the next 20 years.


Bega Valley Shire has an estimated population of 34,538 persons in 2019 and is forecast to grow by around 3,600 people by 2036. This Strategy will address future land use requirements to meet the daily, weekly and occasional needs for goods and services of our community and visitors as well as the industries that will provide economic development and employment opportunities into the future.

Community Stakeholder Workshops

Attached below are the records of comments made at community stakeholder workshops in August 2019. The ideas expressed in the comments are not necessarily the views of Council, the consultants or all workshop participants and are provided for information purposes only.

Connection to Council's Community Strategic Plan

This project is connected to Council's Community Strategic Plan through:

  • Goal 3: Our economy is prosperous, diverse and supported by innovative and creative businesses.
  • Goal 8: Our places retain their character and scale, development is well planned, and a range of goods and services are available within our Shire that meets local needs.

Who to talk to:

Anna Bowman
Town Planner
Phone: 02 6499 2384

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