Ballina?s CBD faces new control strategy

Ballina's CBD faces new control strategy By DAWN COHEN

COMMERCIAL buildings in Ballina could face the street, while tourist and residential facilities could front on to the river, if Bal- lina's mayor gets support for his vision for Ballina's CBD. Cr Phil Silver also favours the maintenance of the 16-metre building height restriction, and wants to see residents living in the CBD. "Anecdotal experience shows that when you have residents in a CBD, you get improved amenity and greater security," he said. Ballina's vision for its centre will be clear by the end of the year, with plans to establish new design

standards for the town's CBD already under way. Consultancy firm Geo- LINK has won the tender to gather information and con-

sult with the community in preparing a draft develop- ment control plan for pub- lic exhibition. It should be close to completion by the end of this year. "Council has recently embellished public land within the town centre," Cr Silver said. "It has been very successful. "Now we must comple- ment these improvements with new design standards for development of private- ly-owned land." Currently, building in the CBD is guided by De- velopment Control Plan (DCP) No.1, formulated in 1993 but drawing on the old Residential Flat Code from 1981. It covers all urban de- velopment in the shire. It was time for a review

that provided exclusive guidelines for the CBD, said Steve Barnier, the council's executive strategic planner. Over the next year, de- bate is likely to cover height provisions, style themes and the inclusion of residential dwellings in the town centre. Architectural guidelines could help create consisten- cy in building design. Ballina's main street, River Street, will be a focus of the vision. The direction buildings face could be contentious. How community consul- tation will be carried out has not yet been decided. n What do you think? Phone the Star Feedback line on 6624 3266 or email

FUTURE VISION: Ballina mayor Phil Silver.

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