The Katoomba Masterplan

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A graphical representation of the Katoomba Master Plan area

Help shape the future of Katoomba.

We are master planning Katoomba and there are several ways to participate. The Katoomba plan will enhance the livability and vibrancy of Katoomba, the strategic centre of the Blue Mountains.

Let us know what’s important to you and how you think the town centre and other places could be improved.

The first stage of the planning process will run until February 2021 so that site specific planning can commence in early 2021.

Click here to take part in the Katoomba Masterplan survey.


How to participate

  • Share what you think, what you like about Katoomba, what you would like to see improved, and your place-making priorities.
  • Click here to take part in the Katoomba Masterplan survey. The survey closes 19 February 2021.
  • Register for a community event to help us develop a vision for the Katoomba and prioritise areas for place-making based on input from the community. The next event is in January 2021 with options to participate in person or virtually.
  • Host a conversation. Download a Conversation Kit to convene a discussion about Katoomba with your club, association, organisation or network. Submissions close 19 February 2021.

Stay informed - keep up to date on what is happening, click ‘Subscribe’ in the Stay informed box.


Help shape the future of Katoomba.

We are master planning Katoomba and there are several ways to participate. The Katoomba plan will enhance the livability and vibrancy of Katoomba, the strategic centre of the Blue Mountains.

Let us know what’s important to you and how you think the town centre and other places could be improved.

The first stage of the planning process will run until February 2021 so that site specific planning can commence in early 2021.

Click here to take part in the Katoomba Masterplan survey.


How to participate

  • Share what you think, what you like about Katoomba, what you would like to see improved, and your place-making priorities.
  • Click here to take part in the Katoomba Masterplan survey. The survey closes 19 February 2021.
  • Register for a community event to help us develop a vision for the Katoomba and prioritise areas for place-making based on input from the community. The next event is in January 2021 with options to participate in person or virtually.
  • Host a conversation. Download a Conversation Kit to convene a discussion about Katoomba with your club, association, organisation or network. Submissions close 19 February 2021.

Stay informed - keep up to date on what is happening, click ‘Subscribe’ in the Stay informed box.


  • Host a Conversation

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    27 Nov 2020

    Are you part of a club, association, network or organisation with an interest in Katoomba? Let us know what you think about Katoomba by convening your own group discussion.

    Get started by downloading a conversation kit, which contains everything you need to host a conversation about Katoomba and have your say in the master planning process. Inside you will find:

    • A discussion template with suggested prompts and instructions for documenting your conversation.
    • Promotional materials about the Masterplan, including posters and a flyer.
    • A summary of background documents for the Katoomba Masterplan.

    We invite you to be as creative as possible with your submission. You might paint your group’s vision for Katoomba or make a collage. You could write a poem or record a song. Whatever approach you choose, we are excited to hear your ideas.


    Click here to download a conversation kit.

    To request a physical kit, email us at KatoombaMasterplan@bmcc.nsw.gov.au or call our Customer Centre on 4780 5000.


    Already hosted a conversation? Click here to upload your content.

  • Meet the team

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    16 Nov 2020

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for in-place engagement on 6 and 7 November.

    Did you miss us? It's not too late to join us at a community workshop. You can participate in person or online. Registration is essential as numbers are limited for health and safety reasons.

    Community events

    Participate in person at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba, or online via Zoom.

    • Tuesday 1 December, 3pm to 5pm
    • Tuesday 8 December, 7pm to 9pm
    • Friday 29 January, 3pm to 5pm


    Click here to RSVP.

    For more updates about these events, sign up using the Stay Informed module on this page.

  • Shape the future of Katoomba

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    27 Oct 2020

    In stage one of the master planning process Council are seeking responses to the Katoomba Master Plan survey. We are inviting input from Katoomba residents, BMCC residents, local businesses, community groups and visitors.

    The survey will cover:

    • How you live, work and play using Katoomba’s places and spaces
    • What you like about the town and specific places within it
    • Your hopes for Katoomba’s future

    Click here to take part in the Katoomba Masterplan survey. Survey closes 19 February 2020.

  • Stakeholder Reference Group

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    27 Oct 2020

    The Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) will work with Council to examine input from the community and use it to develop a vision for Katoomba, draft planning principles, and prioritise areas for place-making based masterplanning.

    The SRG will be made up of 8-10 members and we are encouraging anyone with an interest in the project to apply. A selection criteria will be applied to all applications to ensure that the SRG represents different interests, demographics and areas of Katoomba. Members of the SRG will have their names published on this page, along with the outputs of all SRG meetings.


    Click here to view meeting summaries and outputs from the Stakeholder Reference Group.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    27 Oct 2020

    What is a Masterplan?

    A long-term planning document. Masterplans outline the vision, principles and priorities for the future of an area and are used guide growth and development.


    How can I participate in the master planning process?

    If you live, work or play in Katoomba we would like your input to revitalise this town. To get started, you will need to register or log-in to Have Your Say.

    • Do the Katoomba Masterplan Survey. Let us know what you like and would like to see improved about Katoomba’s and your hopes are for the areas future.
    • Join us at an event. Two events will be held in December 2020, and you can participate in-person or online. Click here to register your interest.
    • Express your interest in joining the Stakeholder Reference Group. We will work with this group to develop a vision for Katoomba and prioritise areas for place-making based on input from the community.

    For more information or to participate offline, call our Customer Contact Centre at 4780 5000.


    What is the Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG)?

    The Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) is a representative sample of the community in Katoomba. They will work with Council to examine input from the community and use it to develop a vision for Katoomba, draft planning principles, and prioritise areas for place-making based masterplanning.

    The SRG will meet four times between December 2020 and February 2021. Members of the SRG will have their names published on this page, along with the outputs of all SRG meetings.


    Who can participate in the SRG?

    The SRG will be made up of 8-10 people representing different interests, demographics and areas of Katoomba.

    Expressions of interest to join the SRG are open until 11 November 2020 and we are encouraging anyone with an interest in the project to apply. Click here to apply.

    Council will decide the SRG members based on the criteria outlined here. We have asked Engagement Consultants, Engage2 to collect, review and make recommendations based on these criteria. Council may then contact applicants to discuss their application and reserves the right to supplement the SRG make-up by directly approaching a stakeholders to increase representation.


    What is the purpose of the Masterplan?

    The Masterplan will enhance the livability and vibrancy of the area. It will consider the character of the area, natural environment and function of key places like the town centre and the connections between them.


    How will the masterplanning process work?

    The process will be multi-staged with the first stage scheduled to conclude in February 2021, so site-specific planning can commence in early 2021.

    During the planning process we will consider the housing, employment and transport options available in Katoomba and propose priorities for land use and site-specific planning, public space and streetscape enhancement.

    The Masterplan will draw on the objectives outlined in the Community Strategic Plan and the Katoomba character statement developed during the Local Strategic Planning Statement process last year. Council’s Planning team are also reviewing community input and the status of activities discussed during the 1998 charette.