By TONY FOSTER
Mayor of Brighton
AS reported in our August edition of Brighton Community News, your Council is undertaking a major planning project to prepare for what we believe will be anticipated and significant population growth and development in our municipality.
The Brighton Town Centre Local Area Plan project for the central area of the Brighton township sees Council taking a proactive planning approach to manage our projected high population growth and to harness new community benefits and development opportunities flowing from the completion of the Brighton Bypass.
We appointed a team of consultants who have been working with Council and all of our stakeholders to prepare a framework for future land use and development in Brighton.
The project team has consulted the key stakeholders and the Brighton community over the past eight to 10 weeks and we have had some excellent feedback from all quarters.
The workshops that have been held were particularly productive and there were plenty of ideas both during the workshops and following with thoughts and ideas sent back to our council officers.
From the outset, Brighton Council was not prepared to sit back waiting to see the effects of major issues such as our municipality’s growth and the completion of the bypass.
We have been proactively working with the community to ensure that we maximise all of the opportunities that these changes will bring to the community.
We recognised that we needed to plan for the changes and ensure the best outcomes for the community.
Options for a well-designed local area plan are the result of all of that activity.
They are now on display for four weeks of public exhibition before a final plan is prepared for Council’s approval in October.
It is not an understatement that the completion of the Brighton Bypass will dramatically change the character of Brighton.
Brighton will become a township again. This project offers a great opportunity to get the best out of this change and to better plan for the growth we are already experiencing.
The project’s objectives include determining a suitable mix and location of land uses within the township centre, facilitating and encouraging commercial growth, improving access and movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists throughout the area and facilitating urban design and townscape improvements.
The options for the Brighton Town Centre Local Area Plan are now on display at the Brighton Council offices and on the Council website
I urge all residents and interested parties to have a look at the options and to make comments. This is your township and the decisions that are made affect you. We encourage you to ensure you are part of this important decision-making process and help us to shape the future of Brighton for everyone’s benefit .