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    Central Coast to set up urban design watchdog

    Expressions of interest will soon be called for the formation of a Central Coast Council ‘Urban Design Panel’ to assist Council in delivering infrastructure and urban projects for the fast-growing Central Coast local government area (LGA).

    The panel will be made up of six members - all chosen from the fields of architecture and urban design – and their aim will be to provide independent design review of significant projects for both private and public developments across the region.

    Formed from the amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils, the Central Coast Council’s population is projected to reach over 415,000 people in the next 20 years - up from some 335,000 today.

    “Due to the expected growth in development on the Coast and the need for consistency in quality and design, it is the right time to re-establish an Urban Design Panel on the Central Coast,” Council administrator Ian Reynolds said.

    “Having this panel provides an opportunity to utilise high calibre and relevant expertise that will assist in achieving better design quality of buildings and public domain areas.”

    “The former Gosford and Wyong Councils had different default periods for the lapsing of consents, and this new policy ensures consistency across the Coast  - which is definitely what we need as a community and what the development sector needs to proceed,” Reynolds said.

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