Council adopts draft plan to revitalise town centre

​DRAFT plans to create an even more vibrant and diverse Mundaring town centre were adopted for advertising at a council meeting on Tuesday night.  

The Mundaring Town Initiative Masterplan provides a long term blueprint for the town centre and is intended to enhance the experience for people living, shopping, working and visiting the area.

Highlights of the draft include:

  • A potential new road link from Mann Street through to Jacoby Street with traffic lights at Great Eastern Highway;
  • Increased residential densities in and adjoining the town centre area;
  • Dedicated pedestrian 'at grade' crossing at Nichol Street and Great Eastern Highway;
  • A focus on streetscape improvements towards Nichol and Jacoby Street and building upon the success of the Mundaring Community Sculpture Park upgrades.

A key component of the draft is to achieve greater connectivity, particularly across Great Eastern Highway.

To respond to changing demographics, the draft proposes a variety of different housing options, such as multiple residential and mixed use developments. The plan acknowledges that retaining trees, underground powerlines and creating a street tree canopy will be critical to preserve the hill's character and country-feel.  

Shire President David Lavell said the council had been keen to advertise the draft plan given the strong community aspirations for renewal of the town centre.

"Ultimately, the goal of the final masterplan is to deliver a thriving village lifestyle with a strong town centre," he said.

"This centre is the cultural and retail heart of the Shire and now's the chance for interested residents to help shape its future."

Cr Lavell said the masterplan should incorporate ways to attract more tourists to the area which will ultimately bring more economic activity and vitality to the centre.

"The masterplan will ensure our town centre will become an enviable place to live, shop, work and visit not just in the short-term but sustained into the future," he said.

The comment period is open until Friday 23 December 2016. Submissions will be considered and will influence the final town centre masterplan. Once finalised, the draft masterplan will be presented to council in early 2017.  

You can find more detailed information on the Draft Mundaring Town Centre Masterplan by clicking here or via the Shire's website

Alternatively contact a planning officer on 9290 6666 to arrange an appointment at the Shire Administration Office or view hard copy plans at the libraries.

You can also attend an information session at the Shire office (Committee Room) on Thursday 8 December between 4pm-6pm. Planning officers will be available to speak about the plans.

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