Vision of Lismore CBD in 2033
A TOWN square, an eat street, and a multi-storey car park are all planned for the Lismore CBD in the next 25 years as part of the Growth Vision document which was passed by Lismore City Council on Tuesday night.
The prime purpose of the growth vision exercise was to formulate a direction that encouraged reinvestment and redevelopment of the CBD.
Cr Graham Meineke supported the motion and said the paper was the framework for the CBD's development.
“CBDs are the engine rooms of the city and, from experience in America, when the CBD dies the town surrounding the CBD slowly dies as well,” he said. “This will keep Lismore prosperous.”
The paper identified 10 strategic objectives, which included transforming the old high school land into a dynamic town square.
Another objective was to encourage and promote Magellan Street from Keen Street to the Rowing Club as an 'eat street'.
“There has been a significant move towards the clustering of 'like' business activities over the past 20 years as a generator of synergistic economic growth,” the paper says.
“The CBD should capitalise on the clustering of eateries, and Magellan Street with its existing wide pathways, shade trees and traffic calming would be an ideal location.
“The council should further investigate this opportunity and look at ways to offer incentives for cafes, restaurants and bars to locate or relocate to this area.”
Another objective was to explore options to upgrade the City Hall and to provide a multi-storey car park at Browns Creek.
“The CBD must provide infrastructure that attracts people downtown,” the report says.
The paper, developed by the Economic Development Policy Advisory Group, will be displayed at the council chambers and online at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au.