Frequently Asked Questions

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, and your hopes are for the town’s future.

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


What is happening now?

Stage one of the planning process began in October 2020 and will continue until 19 February 2021. We are currently engaging various stakeholders across the community and working with a Stakeholder Reference Group to co-create draft vision and planning principles for Katoomba for The Council to consider.

Engagements in stage one of the Katoomba Masterplan include:


What will happen next?

Engagement for stage one will conclude on 19 February 2021. All input collected during this stage will be collated into a report for Council and publishing on Council's website. Council will use this input to inform Stage Two of the process.

Stage two of the planning process will focus on site-specific planning. During stage two, Council’s planning team will invite the community to participate in a design-led engagement process. A variety of locations (precincts) will be explored, and options will be presented to the community for feedback. At the end of stage two, a draft Masterplan document will be developed.


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 master planning 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.


What will be considered in the Masterplan?

The Masterplan 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. This includes the character of the area, natural environment, the function of key places like the town centre, and transport connections within and around Katoomba.


How is this different from past planning for Katoomba?

The Masterplan will draw on past work to develop a vision, planning principles and action to enhance the future livability and vibrancy of Katoomba.

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.


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 master planning.

The SRG will meet four times between December 2020 and February 2021.


Who is in the SRG?

The SRG is made up of 14 people representing different interests, demographics and areas of Katoomba. An expression of interest was held in October 2020 and members were selected based on the criteria outlined here. Council asked engagement consultants, Engage2 to collect, review and make recommendations based on these criteria. Council reserves the right to supplement the SRG make-up by directly approaching stakeholders to increase representation.

Outputs from all SRG meetings, including a list of members, have been published in the Katoomba Masterplan Document Library.

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