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Council’s big-picture vision for Armidale has taken another major step forward with the completion of a new tailored local plan for the charming New England regional city, the state’s Chief Planner, Gary White, and Armidale Regional Council Mayor, Simon Murray, announced today.

 

Armidale City Activation Plan launch. Pictured are Armidale Mmayor Simon Murray, Chief Planner Gary White and Armidale Cr Diane Gray.

Photo: Armidale City Activation Plan launch. Pictured are Armidale Mmayor Simon Murray, Chief Planner Gary White and Armidale Cr Diane Gray.

 

“The Armidale City Activation Plan imagines a bright future for the city,” Mr White, pictured above with Cr Murray and Cr Diane Gray, said.

 

The new Armidale City Activation Plan capitalises on the momentum of the New England North West Regional Plan 2036, released by Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, in August 2017, which identified a need to coordinate growth in our regional cities.

 

“Earlier this year, the Department of Planning and Environment’s Northern Regions team approached Armidale Regional Council to work collaboratively to deliver this activation plans through an enquiry by design process,” Mr White said.

 

He said this process was selected as the most creative and consultative way to determine, identify and prioritise Armidale’s current needs and constraints.

 

“As a regional city in the New England North West Region, which is reaching towards 200,000 people, Armidale plays a vital role in one of the most progressive and innovative areas in NSW,” Mayor Murray said.

 

“We have closely worked with the Department to identify innovative opportunities in and around the Armidale CBD which the council can now choose to implement.”

 

The plan’s recommendations include:

  • activating courtyards, laneways and rooftops as small bars, temporary event venues, and for cultural productions;
  • developing a renewable energy-focused research and development hub in partnership with the University of New England and Armidale TAFE;
  • opening a performance venue in the heart of Armidale CBD; and
  • improving existing building stock to make the city the country’s most energy-efficient, beginning with 6-star green-rated civic buildings.

 

The new Armidale City Activation Plan also provides a strong platform for Armidale to implement its broader precinct planning and local strategic planning statement.

 

“Local strategic planning statements will assist councils in their consideration of infrastructure needs to support growth,” Mr White said.

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