Comment invited on draft expansion strategy

​PUBLIC comment is invited on the Draft Helena Valley Urban Expansion Strategy (HVUES).

Shire President David Lavell said with Perth's population expected to reach 3.5 million by 2050, local governments had been tasked with planning for their share of accommodating growth.

"Helena Valley has been identified as a growth area in our Shire. By having a plan for urban expansion, we can cater for population growth, while making sure the whole suburb develops in a co-ordinated and sustainable way," he said.

"This plan takes into account the related issues of amenity, population growth, housing density, fire risk and funding for services and community infrastructure while recognising the importance of proper protection and management of the environment."

"Once the final strategy is adopted, it will be used as a guide to co-ordinate local and metropolitan scheme amendments, subdivision and development plans."

Draft HVUES contains three basic parts: an explanatory report, context plan and precinct plan, which identifies and summarises the strategies related to each precinct.

Cr Lavell said that Draft HVUES was prepared after conducting a series of preliminary workshops with landowners and key State Government Agencies and service providers.

"Council resolved in August to advertise the strategy for wider public comment to gather a range of views so that it can be properly refined and implemented," he said.

"We value the input from from our community to ensure we are meeting the needs of both current and future residents."

The comment period is open until 9 February 2017. Submissions will be incorporated into the final HVUES, which will be presented to Council in mid-2017.

You can find more detailed information on Draft HVUES under Public Notices on the Shire's website

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