Development control plan for Kingston benefits community and heritage

Following extensive consultations, I am pleased to announce I have approved the Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) and it is now in operation.

This will provide a clearer pathway for anyone in the community wanting to operate in KAVHA about what is possible and allowed.

The DCP is an important tool for providing landowners, leaseholders, businesses and site managers with a clear set of guidelines for progressing land development and use within KAVHA. It will help ensure the area is used and open for business in a way that is sensitive to the site's unique environmental and cultural heritage.

Developed by AECOM Australia, the DCP implements a recommendation of the KAVHA Heritage Management Plan and aims to address landholders' calls for clearer guidance around development and planning approval processes at KAVHA.

If you are planning to carry out development on land within KAVHA, the DCP will help you chart the appropriate pathway and provide further information on what is permissible and what needs to be considered. An accompanying checklist to assist you when preparing a development application is also available.

Local community input has been an important part of the development of the DCP. AECOM visited the island in April and June 2019 to discuss the draft DCP, and community feedback was considered in its development and refinement.

While no written submissions were received during the public consultation process that closed on 25 November 2019, further refinements to the DCP were made in consultation with the Norfolk Island Regional Council, primarily aimed at ensuring the DCP's consistency with the Norfolk Island Plan 2002 and maintaining flexibility in relation to temporary visitor services.

A copy of the DCP and its supporting documents are available to view at www.kavha.gov.au/projects and www.norfolkisland.gov.nf, and in hard copy at Customer Care and the Office of the Administrator.

If you would like to find out more about the DCP, please contact Jodie Brown, Senior Strategic Planner, Norfolk Island Regional Council on +6723 23595 or at jodie.quintal@nirc.gov.nf.

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
10 September 2020