Planning for Lismore's Future


The NSW Government’s Integrated Planning and Reporting framework requires all councils to develop a long-term community strategic plan.

Council's current Community Strategic Plan has guided our planning and delivery over the last four years. It is now time to review and evaluate this plan with our community. To do this we are engaging with the community to identify the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and to plan strategies for achieving these goals.

You can be part of shaping the vision by participating in the review of the Community Strategic Plan – Imagine Lismore 2030.

Council is also preparing a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which will be the core strategic land-use planning document for Lismore.

Our new LSPS will outline:

  • The 20-year vision for land use in the local area.
  • Special characteristics which contribute to local identity.
  • Shared community values to be maintained and enhanced.
  • How growth and change will be managed into the future.

We need your assistance with this work, and value your input, so we are engaging early with the community prior to preparing the LSPS and Community Strategic Plan.

We’re keen to involve the whole community in both of these plans. There are a range of opportunities for locals to have their say including:

  • An online community wide survey from 14 October and 11 November 2019. This has now closed.
  • An opportunity to submit your ideas through the Ideas Generator (please submit by the end of March via the tab below).
  • Helping to shape Lismore through our mapping tool (please provide feedback by the end of March via the tab below).
  • A telephone survey with a random representative sample of residents, businesses and organisations in mid 2020.
  • Face-to-face workshops in February 2020. Community workshops have now concluded. We are hosting workshops with hard-to-reach groups during March 2020.


Our community engagement activities will conclude at the end of March when we will begin developing a draft Community Strategic Plan. See the Life Cycle to your right for a detailed timeline on how this project will progress.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please phone our Community Engagement team on 1300 87 83 87.



The NSW Government’s Integrated Planning and Reporting framework requires all councils to develop a long-term community strategic plan.

Council's current Community Strategic Plan has guided our planning and delivery over the last four years. It is now time to review and evaluate this plan with our community. To do this we are engaging with the community to identify the community's main priorities and aspirations for the future and to plan strategies for achieving these goals.

You can be part of shaping the vision by participating in the review of the Community Strategic Plan – Imagine Lismore 2030.

Council is also preparing a Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) which will be the core strategic land-use planning document for Lismore.

Our new LSPS will outline:

  • The 20-year vision for land use in the local area.
  • Special characteristics which contribute to local identity.
  • Shared community values to be maintained and enhanced.
  • How growth and change will be managed into the future.

We need your assistance with this work, and value your input, so we are engaging early with the community prior to preparing the LSPS and Community Strategic Plan.

We’re keen to involve the whole community in both of these plans. There are a range of opportunities for locals to have their say including:

  • An online community wide survey from 14 October and 11 November 2019. This has now closed.
  • An opportunity to submit your ideas through the Ideas Generator (please submit by the end of March via the tab below).
  • Helping to shape Lismore through our mapping tool (please provide feedback by the end of March via the tab below).
  • A telephone survey with a random representative sample of residents, businesses and organisations in mid 2020.
  • Face-to-face workshops in February 2020. Community workshops have now concluded. We are hosting workshops with hard-to-reach groups during March 2020.


Our community engagement activities will conclude at the end of March when we will begin developing a draft Community Strategic Plan. See the Life Cycle to your right for a detailed timeline on how this project will progress.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please phone our Community Engagement team on 1300 87 83 87.


  • CSP timeline changes as a result of the postponement of the September 2020 Local Government Elections

    6 days ago

    What’s new or changing?

    • The Minister for Local Government has announced that the September 2020 local government elections will be postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.

    What this mean for the review of the Community Strategic Plan

    • The postponement of elections has implications for the activities councils may be required to undertake in the current and next integrated planning and reporting (IP&R) cycles. This means that the review of the Community Strategic Plan will be postponed until 2021. The Office of Local Government will be providing further detailed guidance to Council's on this and other changes...

    What’s new or changing?

    • The Minister for Local Government has announced that the September 2020 local government elections will be postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.

    What this mean for the review of the Community Strategic Plan

    • The postponement of elections has implications for the activities councils may be required to undertake in the current and next integrated planning and reporting (IP&R) cycles. This means that the review of the Community Strategic Plan will be postponed until 2021. The Office of Local Government will be providing further detailed guidance to Council's on this and other changes to statutory timeframes that may become necessary as a result of deferring elections. When this occurs we will update this project page.
    • The feedback the community has provided us to date will not be wasted, as we will continue to engage and check back in to see that what you have told in during the consultation activities is still current.