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Help Us Shape Your Local Centre

Consultation has concluded

The latest consultation phase for Willoughby's Local Centres closed on Monday 5 February 2018.

The community’s ideas about what works well and what would benefit from a change will help us to draft a Housing Strategy and Local Centres Strategy.

At this stage we expect to be seeking feedback on draft Strategies later this year.

Background

The City of Willoughby is growing. Our population is expected to increase by 18 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 89,000 people.

The process so far…

In February 2017, we started a conversation with our community about how we could

The latest consultation phase for Willoughby's Local Centres closed on Monday 5 February 2018.

The community’s ideas about what works well and what would benefit from a change will help us to draft a Housing Strategy and Local Centres Strategy.

At this stage we expect to be seeking feedback on draft Strategies later this year.

Background

The City of Willoughby is growing. Our population is expected to increase by 18 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 89,000 people.

The process so far…

In February 2017, we started a conversation with our community about how we could plan for this future growth. We published position statements on Employment Lands, Housing and Local Centres as part of the Willoughby Planning Strategy to 2036 and received more than 1,500 responses. Local heritage and density emerged as the most important issues to our community in terms of housing and local centres. There was strong support to proactively manage the future of local centres to provide local employment but less support for increased density.

We know that sustaining vibrant local centres is important to healthy community life. People enjoy connecting with neighbours at a local café, shop or park. Our local centres provide a sense of place and express local character, as well as to serve our everyday needs.

Council recently engaged specialists to provide urban planning advice to explore future concept options in relation to seven key centres:

  • Artarmon
  • Northbridge
  • Victoria Ave / Penshurst St East Chatswood
  • Penshurst St / Mowbray Rd /
  • High St, Willoughby
  • Castlecrag
  • Naremburn

From November 2017 through to January 2018, council invited the community to attend one of 5 drop-in sessions at their Local Shopping Centre to meet with Willoughby Council staff and discuss a range of planning concepts for each local centre

As part of this phase of the consultation, Willoughby Council also met with stakeholders directly associated with each centre such as business operators, property owners and community progress associations.

What you will find in the Draft Local Centre Concept Studies

Council invited comment on the initial findings of the specialist urban planning project team for each local centre. This work includes the initial analysis of the context and existing conditions through to the ‘key ideas’ and development scenarios. In addition some character images are displayed as well as an artist’s perspective to help visualise the scenarios.

It is intended comments received will be considered by the consultant team to finalise their study for Council’s consideration in drawing up a draft Local Centres Strategy.

Development scenarios

The consultant study contains digital 3D models for 3 development scenarios in each centre to allow appreciation of relative built form massing and heights that may be achieved in each centre. The modelling depicted in these scenarios is representative of building envelopes only. It is important to understand that this modelling does not include any architectural or public domain detail at this stage.

Study Scope and Process

The purpose of this study is to position the local centres for growth and change over the next 20 years. In order to ensure that future growth considers the unique role, character and community of each centre this study includes Understanding the local context of each centre and Incorporating community and stakeholder feedback.

For further information you can speak with one of the staff from Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 02 9777 1000 or email to email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

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