Following a very successful community consultation process during the month of June, the draft Masterplan is being refined with a view to producing the final Masterplan for Council's consideration at the ordinary Council meeting in August. On 15 June 2018, over 250 people attended the 'Big Plans BBQ' held at Forster Main Beach to provide their input into the two draft approaches that had been developed by consultants, The Design Partnership.
All input provided as part of this community consultation process (which included both the BBQ and online submissions) is now being taken into account to inform the preparation of the final Masterplan.
Why are we developing a Masterplan?
The Masterplan is being developed for use as a vital tool in attracting funding to upgrade the Forster Main Beach precinct. The Masterplan is intended to represent a 30 year strategy and will be an important tool to obtain funding, liaise with stakeholders, budget and generally plan for the future of the precinct.
How did we develop the draft approaches?
The project began in July 2017, when over 500 people attended a 'Big Ideas BBQ' consultation at Main Beach, generating many ideas for future planning for the area. Consultations with Forster SLSC and other special interest groups were also held.
Using this extensive feedback, The Design Partnership worked on concept development and produced a 'framework' which was workshopped by the community last October. From there, Council's internal project team and The Design Partnership have developed the final approaches, which have considered various elements and constraints of the site, including parking and traffic management, planning considerations, environmental factors (including coastal erosion and water sensitive urban design), economic development, open/green space considerations, built form, spatial analysis and community engagement.
We've also been in regular contact and discussions with the Forster SLSC to understand their needs and incorporate those requirements into the Masterplan design.