Ballina Shire councillors will vote tomorrow on a recommendation to proceed with the preparation of strategic plans for the urban areas of Alstonville and Wollongbar.
Ballina Shire councillors will vote tomorrow on a recommendation to proceed with the preparation of strategic plans for the urban areas of Alstonville and Wollongbar. DAVID NIELSEN

Council planning future of Alstonville and Wollongbar

POTENTIAL for seniors living and aged care will be one of the things considered in strategic Ballina Shire Council plans for Alstonville and Wollongbar.

The strategies would also take into account planning controls for the Alstonville commercial centre following the bypass and the maintenance of the urban buffer between Wollongbar and Alstonville.

The aim would be to identify a vision for the future of each community and key actions that could be taken over the next few decades to achieve it.

Development of the strategic plan would include community engagement on key issues and opportunities and future aspirations for the towns as well as an environmental and planning study.

A report included in tomorrow’s ordinary meeting talks about addressing the changing demographics of the Alstonville and Wollongbar urban populations, as well as urban buffers and infill development.

“New residents moving into these centres appear to have a younger demographic profile than was previously the case,” it says.

“The Alstonville-Wollongbar urban buffer is associated with a significant planning history in relation to its establishment and ongoing application. As such, it forms part of the identity and character of the plateau centres.

“There is potential for infill development to occur in parts of Alstonville and Wollongbar, subject to the adequacy of services and infrastructure being assessed.”

Ballina councillors will then vote on the recommendation to proceed with the preparation of strategic plans for the urban areas of Alstonville and Wollongbar.



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