Coastal & Estuary Management Planning


Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMPs) provide sustainable plans for our coastal areas and are essential for both legislative and community reasons.

CZMPs develop best practice strategies that aim to protect the beauty and ecological value of our coastal areas and preserve and nurture natural environment sustainably.

Some of the key elements for consideration include:

  • Community needs
  • Climate change
  • Developmental risks
  • Benefits analysis 

Coastal Management


View map and locations of:

View background to the development of:

  • Shoalhaven City Council’s CZMP 

Coastal risk development controls

Properties affected by coastal instability in the Shoalhaven are currently managed through provisions outlined in the Shoalhaven Development Control Plan 2014:

Estuary management

Estuaries along the Shoalhaven coastline are a source of natural beauty, they include:

  • Bays
  • Lakes
  • Lagoons
  • Harbours
  • Inlets
  • River mouths

Estuaries are host to diverse ecosystems and have significant ecological, social and economic value and are home to a variety of native plants and animals and must be managed sustainably.

These estuaries open and close naturally depending on rainfall and ocean conditions.

Council’s estuary management studies and plans have been developed under the guidance of the:

Council’s entrance management plans

The implementation and review of the plans are regularly discussed at committee meetings.

Last updated on 24 September 2020