The local development planning guidelines are nearing 10 years old despite the city's push to almost double its population by 2038.
Wagga's Local Environmental Plan and the Development Control Plan were last reviewed in 2010, which has prompted calls to update them to meet the current and future needs.
However, Wagga City Council's director of regional activation Michael Keys said a clear vision and meeting the community's expectations are the top priorities.
"There's recognition with getting the strategic documents and vision finalised and it will identify how that can be done and what key elements are needed to facilitate the 100,000 population," Mr Keys said.
"There's no point in making knee-jerk reactions or changes without knowing what the big picture is and what are all the elements in the jigsaw that are going to make that happen.
"We need to get that right and make sure the community is on board and supports that decision."
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The NSW Department of Planning recommends these planning control documents are reviewed every five to 10 years.
Councils are now instructed to prepare a Local Strategic Planning Statement which set out the 20-year vision for land use in the local area, the special character and values that are to be preserved and how change will be managed into the future.
Mr Keys said council is well-underway with its LSPS, which will shape how the development controls in the LEP evolve over time to meet the community's needs.
"At the moment we're trying to work through a process to get our strategy sorted and aligned in the direction of the community but also the government, business and industry," he said.
"It's trying to make sure we know what the end game is and what the story is in terms of our planning and what the future city is going to look like.
"The community and industry need to sign off that and agree to that and then we can develop the actual documents that will implement those actions, such as the LEP and DCP in line with that."
The LEP can be amended at anytime and the Morgan Street proposal is one of a number of proposals seeking to modify it.
"This process can take anywhere between three and 12 months; they're not short-term projects, they are long term," Mr Keys said.
"They do take a fair bit of commitment and a lot of detail and they need final sign-off by the state government.
"In regards to the DCP, changes to that are local policies and local guidelines for planning controls that we utitlise in day-to-day planning assessment; they can be changed, but again that's probably a three to six month process."
Mr Keys said the statements are underway and will hopefully be completed in the near future.