Shoalhaven City Council has outlined its vision for development for the next 20 years in the Shoalhaven 2040 report.
At an extra ordinary meeting on Tuesday, September 29 Shoalhaven City Council unanimously adopted the strategic land-use planning statement.
The document outlines a number of "city-shaping" investments and projects. They including looking at opportunities to connect the Nowra CBD with Stocklands once the Nowra-Bomaderry Bypass is delivered, a fast-rail network from Wolllongong to Nowra and capitalising on the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles.
Council outlines two directions which will underpin development into the future. They are managing economic growth and natural and built environment and lifestyles.
Sitting under those directions are sixteen planning priorities.
Those planning priorities include providing homes to meet lifestyles and needs, Ulladulla Town Centre, providing jobs closer to home, protecting the environment, responsible visitor economy and adapting to natural disasters.
In a message in the report Shoalhaven City Council CEO Stephen Dunshea said by 2041 the Shoalhaven was projected to have a population of over 126,000.
"To manage this expected growth and to continue to meet current and future community needs, we require a clear vision that is supported by directions, priorities and actions that identify key things that will be worked on," he said.
"This (report) will allow council to plan coordinate and implement the community's vision for the next 20 years.
"I look forward to helping realise the opportunities that lie ahead while recognising the Shoalhaven's unique character, natural and built environment, lifestyle, values and strengths."
Cr Andrew Guile said the document would help guide council through future growth in the region.
"We are dealing with the opportunity and eventuality of significant growth in the Shoalhaven and this document as a land use plan really gives us the fundamental tools to confront those issues and manage them well," he said.
Cr Nina Digiglio said too often politicians had short-term vision, so it was good to see council looking to 2040.
"It's great that at local government we have long distanced vision and support for good outcomes for the community," she said.