The revitalisation of Gosford City Centre as the vibrant, liveable capital of a healthy, prosperous and connected Central Coast, is a key Ministerial priority of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036.
In August 2017 the Department commissioned the NSW Government Architect to develop Framework (UDIF) to revitalise Gosford City Centre.
Earlier, In late May 2018, NSW Minister for Planning The Hon. Anthony Roberts announced an investment of $52m in funding for infrastructure and public space in Gosford City Centre.
The funding will see well overdue work being done to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure, public domain and public amenity, which will facilitate and attract development, improve business opportunities and attract residents.
It includes the creation of a significant regional playground as part of a major renewal of the parklands and streetscapes near the Gosford waterfront, aligned with the Government Architect recommendations to make the parklands a destination for visitors and the community.
To give effect to the Government Architect’s recommendations that are framed to achieve design excellence for Gosford City the Minister for Planning, subsequently released a set of new statutory planning controls to enable streamlined, flexible and efficient development.
Gosford City Centre State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) was introduced in October 2018.
The new controls for Gosford City Centre comprise:
The Special Infrastructure Contribution will enable the Department of Planning and Environment to collect contributions for revitalisation of infrastructure that supports growth as the revitalisation programme continues to roll out.
Architectural image of proposed Leagues Club field on Gosford Waterfront
In August 2019 the Minister for Planning released the final design for Leagues Park on the Gosford Waterfront with construction expected to commence in late 2019 .
Also unveiled in 2018 is the City of Gosford Design Advisory Panel, a body that brings together high calibre planning and design minds to assess, advise and ensure design excellence of proposed developments in Gosford City Centre.
Gosford City map showing outline of area covered by the Gosford City Centre SEPP