Building and Development

Pre-Development Meeting

A Pre Development Meeting

Central Coast Council aims to facilitate development through its Duty Planner service with town planners available without appointment to discuss rudimentary development and zoning matters.

For larger scale development and/or constrained sites, Council offers a pre-development meeting service.

The pre-development meeting service aims to avoid delays and pitfalls that may be encountered in the development assessment process due to incomplete or noncomplying applications. The pre-development meeting will identify development application submission requirements through consideration of site constraints and policy requirements.  

A town planner will conduct the pre-development meeting.  Where detailed advice is required in respect of specific engineering, flooding, ecological, or other matters, and Council’s technical officers will be available to attend the meeting, subject to current rates outlined in Council’s Fees and Changes and also detailed on the Application for Pre-Development Meeting form that can be downloaded from Council’s website.

The pre-development meeting is intended to give simple and direct advice which is not be taken as inferring a reasonable expectation as to the outcome of the assessment process.  Following the meeting, Council will provide you with a written summary of the advice and issues discussed at the meeting. 

To ensure completeness and avoid delays, a further meeting can be arranged to review the documentation when an application is ready to be lodged with Council.

​Where are the meetings held?

Northern area (properties within the former Wyong Local Government Area) Pre-development meetings are held at Council’s administration building at 2 Hely Street, Wyong.

Southern area (properties within the former Gosford Local Government Area) Pre-development meetings are held at Council’s administration building at 49 Mann Street, Gosford.

When are meetings held?

Pre-development meetings for the Northern area are held on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am.

Pre-development meetings for the Southern area are held on Thursday.

Pre-development meetings are generally 1 hour in duration however; longer meetings may be arranged subject to the meeting rates detailed below.

What is the cost of the meeting?

Where estimated value is $1,000,000 or less, the base rate is $400 plus minimum $165 per hour (Planner, Engineer, Building Surveyor, Ecologist, Environmental Health Officer, Water & Sewer and/or Other) and/or minimum $250 per hour (Section Manager) and/or minimum $270 per hour (Unit Manager) and/or minimum $330 per hour (Group Leader).

Where estimated value is greater than $1,000,000, the base rate is $770 plus minimum $165 per hour (Planner, Engineer, Building Surveyor, Ecologist, Environmental Health Officer, Water & Sewer and/or Other) and/or minimum $250 per hour (Section Manager) and/or minimum $270 per hour (Unit Manager) and/or minimum $330 per hour (Group Leader).

Payment must be made prior to the meeting and can be made over the phone or in person at the counter of Council’s administration buildings prior to the meeting.

What do I need to do?

To facilitate the pre-development meeting, it is necessary to submit concept plans/sketches, preliminary design layout (floor plan, elevations, height), an outline of your proposal (giving details of all lots) and an agenda with details of all specific matters that you wish to be covered during the meeting.

Forward a completed Application for Pre-Development Meeting and all the supporting documentation:

  • Via email to ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au;
  • Post a hard copy of your application form and proposal details to Council at PO Box 20 Wyong NSW 2259, or to PO Box 21 Gosford NSW 2250.  Also include a USB flash drive (preferred) or a CD or DVD containing all proposal-related documentation in PDF format.
  • Deliver it in person to one of Council’s administration buildings located at 49 Mann Street, Gosford, or 2 Hely Street, Wyong.  Also include a USB flash drive (preferred) or a CD or DVD containing all proposal-related documentation in PDF format.

Council will contact you to arrange a meeting time.

Important

Whilst Council may provide you with general information about the town planning process, and that may include referring you to legislation, planning instruments and other planning policies, Council cannot give you advice about how you should, or can, develop your land, and cannot give you an indication whether any development proposal will be granted development consent.  You may wish to seek further advice from an appropriately qualified and experienced professional, such as a town planner or lawyer specialising in planning law.

Comments are only provided by professional staff attending the meeting.

At no time should comments of the officers be taken as a guarantee of approval of your proposal. 

Contact council on 4325 8222 for further information.

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