At the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday, November 25, City of Greater Geraldton Councillors resolved to prepare a new Local Planning Scheme for the whole of the District of the City of Greater Geraldton to replace the four schemes currently in operation.
This is the most significant planning study in the history of the City, and as part of this project, the existing Schemes of Geraldton, Greenough, Cape Burney and Mullewa will be comprehensively reviewed, updated and consolidated into one new scheme.
City Director of Sustainable Communities, Phil Melling, said the Scheme would take a planning approach to the City of Greater Geraldton’s community vision of “A creative city-region with the capacity to sustain a population of 80,000-100,000 which has a prosperous, diverse and sustainable community within an attractive Western Australian setting.”
“This vision will be the basis for setting the objects and intentions of the new scheme and has particular regard to the ‘five pillars of sustainability’ that have been established in the City of Greater Geraldton’s Strategic Community Plan 2013-2023,” he said.
During 2010, the City invited community members to participate in a number of deliberative processes to image what future they wanted for the Greater Geraldton region. This was closely followed by Designing our City, a deliberative planning process held over three days in August 2011.
“This project represents the next stage in the 2029 and Beyond community based planning process initiated by the City of Greater Geraldton and its partners to address the challenges and opportunities facing our City and region,” said Mr Melling.
“It will directly respond to the outcomes of the Designing our City forum, acknowledging that the preferred ‘Big Picture Consolidated Scenario’ will provide the sound basis for preparing the new scheme and strategy.”
Drawing from that resource, a draft scheme and strategy will be available for presentation to the community for the purposes of feedback through a series of forums planned for August-September 2014.