About the draft Strategy
- Exploring which views and landscapes are most valued by the community and why;
- Providing a framework and guidelines to support land use planning and development decisions; and
- Offering an online Interactive Mapping Tool with mapping data and functions to help applicants identify important scenic views and prepare a visual impact assessment for development applications.
- How scenic landscapes are defined and identified in the Tweed;
- Priorities, threats and principles for protection and management; and
- How to evaluate potentially adverse or beneficial visual impacts from proposed land-use activity and development using a consistent and transparent process.
- As a guideline for consistent assessment new development or redevelopment
- At the planning proposal (rezoning) stage for new land uses and their associated development;
- To educate the landowners, developers and the broader community about the benefits of preserving and managing the Tweed’s scenic landscapes.
What is the Scenic Landscape Strategy?
draft Scenic Landscape Strategy aims to protect and enhance the scenic
landscapes of the Tweed Shire by:
Why has the Strategy been prepared?
Tweed is a much visited and fast growing part of New South Wales recognised for
its beautiful natural environment and scenic landscape. It is therefore
important to consider the potential impact that increased development could
have on the Tweed’s scenic landscapes.
As a land use manager and primary consent authority for development, Council plays an important role in the protection and conservation of the Tweed’s scenic landscapes through the preparation of local environmental plans, development control plans, strategic planning, development assessment and ongoing community education.
Where does the draft Strategy apply?
draft strategy applies to all land and all proposals in the Tweed Shire that
require development consent under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act
The draft Strategy applies to scenic landscapes seen from publicly accessible locations. It does not address view sharing between private property.
Who is the draft Strategy prepared for?
The draft strategy will assist Council, landowners, land managers, developers, business and community to better understand:
How will the draft Strategy be used?
draft strategy can be used in a number of ways including:
What are the components of the draft Strategy?
draft strategy is made up of the following parts:
Part 1: Strategic context – establishes the strategy’s aims and objectives and defines scenic landscapes. It also establishes the alignment of the strategy with relevant local, national and international policies and compliance with statutory requirements.
Part 2: Tweed landscape character assessment – describes the landscape features, viewing locations and scenic views of the Tweed. It also explains susceptibility, management principles and technical mapping.
Part 3: Scenic management principles – establish the desired outcomes for ongoing protection and enhancement efforts of identified scenic landscapes throughout the Tweed.
Part 4: Visual impact
– provides a process that supports an applicant, and Council as consent authority, to consider any
potential impacts a proposed development may have on scenic views and
landscapes, and to identify suitable measures that mitigate or manage these
impacts, and achieve the Scenic Management Principles.
Interactive mapping tool – To support the landscape character assessment and the VIA, Council has developed an online tool to assist applicants to search a land parcel (project site) to identify any views or landscapes that may be impacted visually by a proposed development or land use activity.
How will the strategy benefit the community, stakeholders and planning and development outcomes?
will benefit landowners, applicants, and the planning and development industry
by providing clear guidelines and criteria for assessing potential visual impact of
land use planning or development proposals. The Strategy’s framework, Visual Impact
Assessment and mapping tool offers applicants with helpful resources and clear
direction about what is required when lodging a development application or
The strategy will benefit the broader community by encouraging new development or land use activities to be integrated with and complement existing valued visual landscape attributes and aims to promote the rehabilitation of areas that have the potential to be more visually pleasing.
Preparing the strategy
- Research and analysis of legislation and policies that protect and manage landscapes and their attributes, and assessment of risks or pressures;
- Review of policies or management practices specific to the Tweed’s scenic landscapes;
- Consultation with stakeholders and community about their landscape and scenic quality values, and what views and viewing locations are preferred;
- Landscape character assessment of the Tweed’s visual attributes and elements;
- Spatial analyses and mapping of landscape character, priority views and viewsheds
- Research best practise Visual Impact Assessment methodologies
- Development of Visual Impact Assessment Methodology
- Development of Shire-wide Scenic Management Principles
- Development of specific management principles and objectives for distinct Landscape Character Units.
- Development of Interactive Mapping tool functionality.
How has the Strategy been prepared?
2016 and 2017, an assessment of the character and significance of landscapes
through the Tweed Shire was completed. Throughout the Study a broad cross-section
of people and community groups provided information and feedback on valued landscapes
through the shire.
Key stages in the development of the draft Strategy:
What Council is seeking comment on and supporting policies
- Aims to address potential impacts of residential development on views from publicly accessible spaces;
- Introduces the principles of view-sharing; and
- Provides for the consideration of the broader impacts of development on surrounding landscape character and quality during the development assessment process.
- Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014
- Tweed City Centre Local Environmental Plan 2012;
- Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000.
- Tweed Landscape Character Assessment and descriptive narratives;
- The scenic management principles proposed to protect and manage the Tweed’s valued landscapes;
- The Interactive Mapping tool used to identify important scenic landscapes, viewing points and viewsheds;
- The proposed method and requirements to conduct a Visual Impact Assessment for planning and development assessment.
- The draft amendment to the Tweed Development Control Plan 2008 and draft Council Policy Statement.
Additional supporting documents in relation to the Draft Scenic Landscape Strategy on public exhibition
The Draft Scenic Landscape Strategy is supported by two related land use policies. These establish a coordinated and consistent approach for all owners, managers and developers of land to consider and apply design, construction and ongoing management measures to protect or enhance the Tweed’s scenic landscapes for the future.
1. Draft amendment to Tweed Development Control Plan (DCP) 2008
Section A1 Part A Preliminaries
The draft amendment aims to link the Tweed DCP 2008 Section A1 Part A to the draft Scenic Landscape Strategy in the following ways:
The Tweed Development Control Plan 2008 is relevant to the following local environmental plans:
The draft DCP amendment is exhibited in accordance with Clause 18 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
2. Council Policy Statement
This policy statement explains Council’s position to preserve the scenic values of the Tweed, and to ensure this is taken into account at all levels of decision-making concerning the use, modification or development of land, whether carried out by the private or public sector.
The policy provides principles and an evaluation guideline that is consistent with the draft Scenic Landscape Strategy.
What is Council seeking comment on?
You are invited to provide comment on the Draft Scenic Landscape Strategy and supporting policies including:
Have Your Say
- Murwillumbah Civic Centre – 8:30am to 4:15pm Monday
- Tweed Heads Civic Centre – 8:30am to 4:15pm Monday
- Uki Post Office – 6:30am to 5pm Monday to
- Chillingham Village Store –
8:30 to 6pm seven days a week.
- Pottsville Beach
Neighbourhood Centre - 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday
- Kingscliff Library - 9am to 5pm Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri. 9am to 6pm Wed. 9am to 1pm Sat
Have Your Say
documents will be on public exhibition from 17 April to 19 June, 2019.
Have your say:
In person: We invite you to attend a Community Conversation to speak with planning staff. Visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/scenic-landscape-strategy to find a date and time that suits you.
Online: To provide your feedback and for further information about the strategy and supporting policies or to test the Online Interactive Mapping tool visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/scenic-landscape-strategy
Should you require any further information, contact Council’s Strategic Planning and Urban Design team on (02) 6670 2503.
Hard copies available at:
draft strategy and supporting policies are available in hard copy at locations
throughout the Shire: