Draft plan for Kurmond - Kurrajong Investigation Area to be placed on public exhibition

A blueprint to guide planning in the Kurmond and Kurrajong areas has gone on public exhibition, Hawkesbury City Council has announced.

The Draft Structure Plan for the Kurmond - Kurrajong Investigation Area is a comprehensive study of the area that will guide land use planning, and will be on exhibition for public comment until Thursday, November 7.

Public exhibition: The draft structure plan for the Kurmond - Kurrajong Investigation Area will be on exhibition for public comment until Thursday, November 7. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Public exhibition: The draft structure plan for the Kurmond - Kurrajong Investigation Area will be on exhibition for public comment until Thursday, November 7. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The plan has been created to "ensure reasonable opportunities are identified for rural living, whilst ensuring that the local environmental values, biodiversity, landscape, rural and scenic character of the area is maintained", a statement from Hawkesbury City Council said.

The plan also aims to provide greater certainty and confidence for property owners, developers and other investors about development in the area, council stated.

The structure plan aims to provide rural living opportunities ... that will maintain and protect the significant biodiversity, landscape, scenic and rural character of the area.

Hawkesbury City Council

"The structure plan aims to provide rural living opportunities in close proximity to existing Kurrajong and Kurmond neighbourhood centres that will maintain and protect the significant biodiversity, landscape, scenic and rural character of the area, [and] prevent subdivision development and land use that would have adverse implications on the quality of groundwater and surface water resources," the statement said.

"[It also ensures] subdivisions and development comply with the current standards for fire management and protection of people, biodiversity and property, and protects the visual landscape, amenity and rural character of the investigation area."

The draft plan is available to be viewed from now until Thursday, November 7 at council's administration building (located at 366 George Street, Windsor) from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

It can also be viewed online and downloaded by visiting council's community engagement site at www.yourhawkesbury-yoursay.com.au

For more information, telephone 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.