GLENDALE is on Lake Macquarie council's agenda, with plans to steer the suburb to become the Hunter's main city and business centre.
A Lake Macquarie City Council statement said it was expected Glendale would become the "major urban focus of the city of Lake Macquarie".
It follows the progress of an area plan that includes guidelines for Glendale's development.
The area plan adds details to a broader "master plan" approved three years ago with the aim of increasing the number of dwellings in Glendale.
Councillors have speculated that Glendale has the potential to become a greater economic hub than Newcastle and Charlestown.