This project was nominated in the 2016 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence – the Hard Won Victory. The project team lead by Gyde overcame challenges associated with a myriad of stakeholders, planning controls and data sources. The community demonstrated instant interest and the Project engendered a level of local ownership and fostered an open and effective working relationship between local business owners and Councils. Longer lasting outcomes relate to the impact that the Strategy will have on land use planning in the broader Subregion. The Project provides a comprehensive strategic direction for considering the suitability of new lands for development and determining the quantum and timing of land required in each of the identified growth areas. New benchmarks have been established in the region for collaboration amongst a wide range of stakeholders. The Project showcases the benefits of engagement in planning systems and concepts via an interactive mapping tool, where local government boundaries are no barrier.