The current phase of community consultation on the draft Ballarat East Local Area Plan will close on Monday.
In 2015, the City of Ballarat started a conversation with the community about how to manage change and plan for a sustainable future in Ballarat East.
The result was the Ballarat East Local Area Plan, also known as Imagine Ballarat East, which is being delivered as an Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) pilot project.
Since the draft plan was released for further feedback in November, more than 100 people have downloaded the document and 15 community members have completed the online survey.
An additional 40 people attended the community drop-in session last November where they discussed the draft plan with the City of Ballarat’s Strategic Planning team.
There is still time to contribute, with submissions open until 5pm, Monday 4 February.
Extensive engagement and consultation with the community and stakeholders is being undertaken to understand the diversity of ideas and develop a community-led vision for Ballarat East.
This vision will capitalise on opportunities to support growth and enhance liveability in Ballarat’s east while retaining the key elements that are highly valued by the community:
Conserve and enhance our rich natural environment, ecological diversity, skyline views, green streetscapes and open spaces
Conserve and enhance our distinct neighbourhood character and tell our stories more to celebrate the connections to our past
Increase our housing diversity and create liveable neighbourhoods where people of all ages and abilities feel welcome and safe
Create opportunities for all residents to stay connected and enjoy a healthy lifestyle
Support change that maximises what is special about the East and stimulates a prosperous future for all
An online survey is currently available at mysay.ballarat.com.au
Community members can also contribute to the survey in person at The Phoenix, 25 Armstrong Street South or by mail addressed to City of Ballarat Strategic Planning – Imagine Ballarat East PO Box 655 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 3350