A liveable city

Together We Live

A liveable city provides safe, healthy and vital spaces and places for people of all ages and abilities.

Through creative planning and design, the development of unique and vibrant places is fostered. The liveable city encourages community interaction and connection and facilitates people living close to where they work. Centralising population close to public transport uses land and infrastructure more efficiently. Local heritage, and places of natural, cultural and historical significance that have value for the community, are retained. Liveable cities promote development on a human scale, and have attractive towns and streetscapes.

Values, Aspirations and Aims

We value the distinct identities of our villages and towns and the bushland between them. Our cultural and built heritage is important.

We use our land to live in harmony with the environment.

Affordable and well-designed housing options, relevant to the diverse needs of our community, are available. We have created vibrant liveable places and spaces for people of all ages and abilities to live, work and play.

Within the capacity of our natural and built environments, we have encouraged sustainable development in larger town centres with access to public transport, required infrastructure, services and facilities.

Through innovative urban design and planning, by 2025, the Blue Mountains has become renowned for its liveable and beautiful spaces.


Objective 2.1 The liveability, vibrancy and safety of towns and villages is strengthened

Objective 2.2 The impact of development on the natural and built environment is managed, and the City’s unique character retained

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Standardisation of the environmental planning instrument and changes to Exempt and Complying Development regulations by the NSW Government, reduces ability to develop planning controls tailored to our area;
  • Ensuring the Blue Mountains Local Environment Plan continues to protect the City’s village character and natural environment;
  • Managing the impact of increasing tourist visitation on our towns and villages and their facilities, including parking, roads and toilet facilities;
  • Achieving efficient provision of services in a City that is characterised by 27 widely dispersed towns and villages located across mountainous terrain;
  • Renewal of ageing infrastructure to ensure it continues to support the needs of our community;
  • Encouraging appropriate development and diversity of housing types that meet changing community needs, while retaining the Blue Mountains character;
  • Increases in house prices and change in demographic profile could drive change in services required, especially in the upper mountains. It could also influence affordable housing availability and increase rents;
  • Ageing population and reduction in household size could mean that more people require smaller housing on smaller blocks of land;
  • Managing impacts of low forecast population growth and an ageing community on local economy and infrastructure;
  • Managing the risk of bushfire on urban development and improving bushfire preparedness of properties;
  • Blue Mountains has experience, and could lead education in emergency response, building recovery and resilience practices;
  • Increasing local employment base and attracting large employers particularly those that deliver services; and
  • Managing vandalism in town centres.

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