TASMANIA’S population growth outstripped the State Government’s growth strategy by almost 10,000 people last year, with the Clarence Plains area identified as one of the fastest growing areas in southern Tasmania.

Clarence City Council is planning for the growth of this region through the creation of a Clarence Plains Master Plan which will provide a dynamic long-term framework to guide future growth and development.

Some of the key objectives of the Clarence Plains Master Plan project include strategies for community development, identifying opportunities for improving and expanding housing stock, strategic directions for public open space and connectivity, infrastructure, and partnership opportunities.

Developed in partnership with MODE and C Change Sustainable Solutions, the Master Plan will build on the 2014 Master Plan for Rokeby and Clarendon Vale, commissioned by Mission Australia.

But it will also encompass the larger study area of Clarendon Vale, Glebe Hill, Rokeby and Oakdowns.

Community consultation has begun with key stakeholders including community groups, State Government bodies, education providers and Landcare groups, with the broader public engagement to begin later this year.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said public engagement was one of the most important parts of this project, and the community would be brought along on the journey with council.

“Through this engagement process we want to understand the local community’s hopes and aspirations for the area, as this will form the foundation of the Master Plan,” he said.

“The key to successful planning is to focus on directing growth rather than simply reacting to it.

“It’s important that we recognise that we are not just making plans for the current day, but rather putting into place plans that will serve future generations.

“By putting the needs of people and communities at the heart of the urban planning process, we ensure our communities will be healthier and happier in the long term.”

Council said the community should stay tuned for the consultation that will inform the plan coming later this year and encouraged everyone to get involved.

For more information about the upcoming consultation, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au or the Clarence City Council Facebook page.

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