Finding the right balance between growth and coastal character

Attention at the new Kingscliff Matters shopfront in Marine Parade will turn this week to the most important strategic plan to guide the seaside town’s future development.

The Kingscliff Locality Plan will take centre stage at the shopfront for the next fortnight, as community engagement for the plan reaches a significant milestone.

Three key documents are on exhibition from today, with the Context, Issues and Opportunities Report, the Enquiry by Design Workshop Report and Precinct Plans set to form the basis for the finalised Kingscliff Locality Plan.

Leading discussion points in the exhibited documents include:

Reviewing building height in the town centre to retain and strengthen the existing built form character along Marine Parade, while allowing for additional growth and expansion of the town centre along Turnock Street

Encouraging shop-top housing in the town centre

Encourage greater pedestrian and cycling connections within the town centre and to surrounding residential areas

A Business and Knowledge Precinct to encourage employment generation, possibly including a business park, creative industries hub, university or education precinct, and retail centre

“The shopfront will continue to display information about the Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation and Council staff will be on hand to answer any enquiries about the seawall, holiday park upgrade and new Kingscliff Central Park,” foreshore revitalisation Project Manager Stewart Brawley said.

“However, the Kingscliff Locality Plan will be a key focus at the shopfront for the next fortnight, to work with the community to explore the future direction of the whole Kingscliff area.”

Public engagement for the plan will include daily information sessions to explain initiatives in the reports and to further involve community members in discussions about key points.

Senior Urban Designer Jonathan Lynch said: “We were keen to have a prominent physical presence in Kingscliff during the next stage of consultation for the locality plan, to really take the discussion to the community.

“The Kingscliff Matters shopfront is the perfect opportunity for that presence and really gives added context to the locality plan, by tying it in with some of the most significant projects for the town.

“The challenge with the locality plan will be finding the right balance between planning for future growth to meet the needs of an ever growing community whilst retaining and strengthening Kingscliff’s coastal character.”

The shopfront – located at 2/98 Marine Parade – also includes information about the Kingscliff Coastal Zone Management Plan, which will be become the main focus from 21 March to 1 April.

For details about the Kingscliff Locality Plan, including times for the shopfront information sessions, visit

More information is also available by contacting Senior Urban Designer John Lynch on (02) 6670 2400 or email