Lismore's 20-year plan
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
BRUCE BLACKFORD'S vision for Lismore is simple: More roads, bridges, sporting fields, open space, residential and industrial areas all within two decades.
The Lismore City Council's strategic planner has developed a 20-year plan for the area, focused on maintaining its role as the capital of the Northern Rivers.
Lismore mayor Merv King will today launch the Regional City Plan, which has been designed to identify land with potential to meet the growing popula- tion's residential, commercial, industrial and recreational needs.
Mr Blackford said the plan would provide a framework for council decisionmaking until 2025.
"It paints a broad brushstroke over where we think the city should go," he said.
"We divided the plan into short-term, mediumterm and long-term priorities.
"Short-term means the actions should take place within about five years, while the longer-term priorities could take up to the full 20 years."
One of the first priorities in the plan is to select a new river crossing to the north of the central business district in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion, particularly in the Woodlark Street area.
An additional crossing south of the Ballina Street bridge has also been recommended, but as a long-term priority.
Other short-term goals include the development of the Lismore cultural precinct (Art in the Heart) and continued work on riverbank projects in the CBD.
More than 3000 residential lots and a potential 150 industrial lots have also been identified for development.
However, the plan is not a statutory document and cannot provide a basis for the justification of a rezoning submission.
The plan will go on public display for 42 days from next Thursday at the council's Goonellabah and CBD offices.