Locality Based Strategies
Central Maitland Structure Plan 2009
The Central Maitland Structure Plan sets out an ambitious vision, supported by key strategies to guide growth and development over the next 20 years. The vision for Central Maitland builds on the City's existing strengths and aims to create a vibrant place and reinforce its role as a Major Regional Centre.
This plan recognises that Maitland lies at the centre of the major growth corridor of th Hunter Valley. The city is sited at a junction in th rail network, close to the Hunter Expressway and close to Newcastle Airport. The structure plan considers the following issues vital to the revitilisation of Central Maitland:
- Residential growth
- Employment growth
- Improvements to the public domain
- Better connection to the Hunter River
High Street Master Plan and Laneways Action Plan
The Master Plan presents a set of objectives and tasks for public and private development, along with changes to planning policy to improve the quality and general amenity of High Street. It supports Council's other actions to reinvigorate Central Maitland.
Some of the works recommended include pavement upgrades and replacement, the establishment of public squares, the implementation of a tree planting program, street lighting improvements and the introduction of outdoor trading within certain areas. A Public Domain Design Manual will ensure that any work and street furniture is consistent and complementary.
The plan also makes recommendations to improve private property along the street through a Facade Improvement Program and a Tenant Improvement Program. The details of these schemes have not been worked through but could include subsidised cleaning, painting or repairing building facades. A Tenant Improvement Program may provide building owners with incentives to improve internal spaces.
The Master Plan lists existing and proposed major development projects that are focused around three precincts - the Civic Precinct, The Levee and Station Precinct. The spread of projects is designed to bring life to the entire length of High Street.
A Laneways Action Plan has also been developed showing an exciting vision for the activation of the city's many dormant lanes and alleys. The Action Plan explores innovative ideas for creating movement through the unused lanes in Central Maitland by improving connectivity between spaces and the installation of lighting and public art.
Athel D'Ombrain Drive - Roadway Alignment Design and Development Strategy
In 2013 Maitland City Council secured $11.3 Million of federal funding to realign and upgrade Athel D'Ombrain Drive as a means to support the development of affodable housing in Central Maitland. The infrastructure will be designed to improve the prospect of residential development and support the provision of an inner city alternative to green field developments across the LGA. Central Maitland has experienced severe de-population in the years since the 1955 flood (reduced from 5,500 residents to 1,500 residents today). The objective identified in the Central Maitland Structure Plan is to return the population to 5,500 people by 2030. This will require 1300 new dwellings.
Athel D'Ombrain Drive has been identified as a key inner city connection that will contribute to the development of affordable housing in Central Maitland by providing higher capacity in the local road network and improved connectivity. This road will also see upgrades to access and parking at Maitland Train Station, better physical integration of bus services, and improved pedestrian and bicycle movement throughout the area.