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Strathbogie planners keen to meet residents

Seeking feedback: Strathbogie Shire Mayor Laura Binks is keen for communities across the shire to provide feedback into its planning process. Photo by Contributed

Strathbogie Shire Council is eager to hear from communities regarding its planning process.

It has recently launched an initiative called ‘Talk to a Planner’, which will see its planners hitting the road and making themselves available in towns across the municipality to offer advice and information and seek feedback on the current Planning Scheme Review.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks said the shire was seeing unprecedented growth in planning applications.

“In the past 12 months we have seen the number of planning permit applications rise by 16 per cent,” Cr Binks said.

“This equates to more than $42 million in planning activity across our municipality.

“With that comes excitement and concern from our community. We know protecting this special place we call home is important to you.”

Members of the community can book in a time to speak to the planners who can provide advice and information on the local planning scheme and state planning policy.

“We will also be seeking feedback on community planning priorities and how we can improve the Local Planning Policy to better meet the community’s needs,” Cr Binks said.

“Our planning scheme review will assess whether the local planning policies and provisions are meeting the needs of the local area and community.

“It will also look at how the planning scheme is addressing state and local planning policy objectives.”

The review will also cover five key themes: neighbourhood character; sustainable development; connectivity; commercial and industrial development; and vegetation and our environment.

If you are keen to seek advice on a specific planning matter, or speak to a planner to provide your feedback, you must book in a time by visiting www.trybooking.com/CALEZ or www.strathbogie.vic.gov.au and following the link.

Talk to a Planner sessions will be held at the following locations:

Euroa Community Conference Centre on July 14 from 10am to 4pm;

Nagambie Lakes Regatta Centre on July 27 from 10am to 4pm; and

Longwood Community Centre on July 28 from 10am to 4pm.

Council is also available to book in times outside of these dates, so don’t hesitate to phone 1800 065 993 if you would like to arrange an alternative time.

For more information or to have your say, visit www.share.strathbogie.vic.gov.au or drop in to a Talk to a Planner day in person.