To All rate payers Public Exhibition of the Dungog Shire Council Situation Analysis (SA) and Land Use Strategy (LUS) Council is writing to advise its ratepayers of the above mentioned documents currently on public exhibition. The documents are immensely important from a land use planning perspective as they propose the principle strategic direction and planning framework for the Dungog Local Government Area (LGA) through to the year 2031. Council is committed to regular and proactive community consultation. As a result, Council is conducting a comprehensive 60 day consultation period, during which Council encourages your participation. Due to the nature and extent of the information, Council is unable to commence consultation with a ‘blank canvas’. As such the draft documents are Council’s preliminary vision for land use in the LGA, based upon identified constraints and demands. However, Council strongly welcomes your suggested changes or alternate concepts. How can you get a copy ? The drafts documents are available for download from Council’s website www.dungog.nsw.gov.au. Due to the file size, the document maps and chapters are divided respectively. Copies of the draft documents are on display at the following locations; • Dungog – Council Administration Building • Dungog – Dungog Library • Clarence Town – Rural Transaction Centre • Paterson – Paterson Country Café/General Store • Gresford – Gresford Post Office • Vacy – Vacy Post Office/General Store At the Council administration office in Dungog there are copies available for loan for a period of up to a week. Alternatively, for a fee of $60.00 per document, colour copies of the documents can be purchased. A CD with both draft documents is available for a fee of $10.00. The fees are purely on a costs recovery basis. Where can you attend information sessions? The community is invited to attend information sessions in regards to the draft documents. The dates, times and locations are as follows; • Dungog Information Session: Tuesday 8 September 2009 at 6pm. Venue: Doug Walters Pavilion • Clarence Town Information Session: Wednesday 9 September 2009 at 6pm. Venue: Clarence Town Community Centre • Gresford, Martins Ck, Paterson, Vacy, Information Session – Thursday 10 September 2009 at 6pm. Venue: Vacy School of Arts. These sessions will provide information to the public, discuss relevant issues, identify how each of the local communities wish to be involved and determine possible suggestions for Council during consideration of the documents. How can you make a submission? Council is receiving submissions during all of August and September 2009. The submission period closes on 30 September 2009. All submissions are to be in writing and addressed to; The General Manager PO Box 95 DUNGOG NSW 2420 Electronic submissions are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org How can you get the best out of your submission? The best submissions are typically concise with clear links to the fundamental issues. Furthermore, by maintaining a positive focus i.e. detailing the aspects you may be in favour of, additional to aspects you don’t support, promotes a balanced and well rounded submission. How will your submission be assessed? Council will firstly acknowledge all submission received. Council will then consider all submissions with Council taking the issues into consideration prior to making any decision on the documents. A submissions report, discussing all the raised issues will be provided to all submission makers. Council looks forward to your constructive comments. If a high degree of community ownership can be affixed to the document, Council and the public can present a united approach to land use planning in the LGA. If you have any further questions please contact Council’s planning department on 4995 7777.
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