Macedon Ranges council is preparing to tackle Gisborne’s population growth through two new town planning projects.
The council will outline Gisborne’s long-term settlement boundaries and the future form and layout of the town’s central business district after receiving $220,000 from the state government’s Streamlining for Growth program.
The planning will include consideration of building and landscape design and parking.
Macedon Ranges mayor Jennifer Anderson said the new plans were needed to manage Gisborne’s significant population growth in recent years.
“This is important work that we need to get done right now so that we have the appropriate planning controls in place to make Gisborne attractive, connected and liveable,” Cr Anderson said. “This includes planning for new housing, roads, transport connections, parking and open spaces.”
Gisborne’s population increased by 35.9 per cent, from 9823 to 13,345 in the ten years from 2006-16, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Independent demographic company .id estimates the population will soar to 20,379 residents by 2036.
Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said the planning would also look at local job creation.
“It also involves planning for the local economy so that people can find local jobs where they live and spend less time commuting,” Ms Thomas said.
The council said the planning work would include discussions with the community and stakeholders.
The draft town structure plan and urban design framework are expected to be released for public feedback mid next year.