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Strategy reveals vision for 2040

Councillors look set to approve the Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy which outlines a plan for the city next 25 years. A 25-YEAR plan to shape Ballarat’s future looks set to be approved by city’scouncillors.

The draft Today, Tomorrow, Together: Ballarat Strategy will come before Wednesday night’s Ballarat City Council meeting. It follows more than two years of publicconsultation

Its purpose is to show how the city will ideally look in 2040, focusing on development, transport, economic, environmental and land use issues. Two of its main plansinclude making Ballarat a “10-minute city” and turning the town greener.

An officer’s report to the council says the “10-minute city” concept promotes more local neighbourhood centres within the larger town, so that residents can carry out their day-to-day shopping and access services and businesses within 10 minutes of home.

Following almost two years of community consultation, including more than 6,500 individual submissions and ideas, the draft Ballarat Strategy was released for comment in April 2015.

In the last six weeks of publicconsultation 64 submissions were received including 50 in support of the plan, 10 generally supported the the plan but requested minor changes. Onlytwo said thestrategy fell short of their expectations.

The strategy was formed from community discussions since early 2013, including Ballarat Imagine, 10 Game Changing Questions and the Preliminary Ballarat Strategy.

Ballarat Imagine asked residents to provide feedback on community values and collective aspirations for the town via postcards, social media and online, resulting in more than 6000 responses.

The Council’sstrategic plannerCaroline Reisacher said in her report that giventhat thousands of ideasand submissions wereconsidered to date, it was an“overwhelmingly positive result.”

Ms Reisacher said asmall number of submissions requested refinement of the document, often focusing on wording, local issues, specific projects or specific pieces of land.

She said allsuggestions have been reviewed and the document updated where possible.

Ballarathas more than100,000 residents which is expectedto swellto more than 160,000 people by 2040.

If the strategy is approved, the council will submit a request to the state government requesting an amendmentto the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

To view the document, visit 梧桐夜网ballarat.vic.gov419论坛

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