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Coastal design guidelines review

Published 25 June 2024 Improving the design of coastal cities and towns by promoting environmentally friendly planning and infrastructure.
content image Visitors and residents enjoy the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Photo by: Don Fuchs, NSW DPE.


Why is this project important?

The NSW Coastal Design Guidelines aim to ensure the best development outcomes for rezoning proposals in coastal areas. The Guidelines also provide guidance on best practice urban design.

What are we doing?

We have updated the Guidelines to align them with the current legislation and best practice in land use planning and urban development. The updated Guidelines help achieve balance between the environmental, economic, social and cultural values of coastal areas.

The updated Guidelines assist planners and designers by:

  • providing clear guidance for planning proposals
  • assisting planning for growing communities and their changing needs
  • ensuring land use and design begin with respect for Country and Aboriginal heritage
  • managing coastal hazards
  • helping support coastal industries such as fishing, boating and tourism.



Local government areas - Statewide

Lead agency

Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure - Planning


  • Local Government
  • NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (NSW DCCEEW)
  • NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water - Water group
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Fisheries

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