Maitland City Council proposes draft future plans for managing housing growth and rural lands
Maitland City Council has made public two important plans that were developed in response to growing pressures on rural lands, population growth and demographic changes in Maitland.
The draft plans, titled the Rural Land Strategy and the Local Housing Strategy, were placed on public exhibition following a unanimous decision by Councillors last night.
For Council's Manager Strategic Planning, Andrew Neil, after a long history of growth in Maitland, the draft plans strike a pragmatic balance between sustainable growth and conservation.
‘This work is the outcome of years of consultation with the community over a number of different projects and plans.
‘We know that people love Maitland for its character and liveability, but we also know that's why so many others want to build and move here each year. We hope these plans balance the preservation of what makes our city Maitland and sustainable growth into the future.’
The draft Rural Land Strategy will guide how we respond to the pressures on rural land while increasing economic opportunity and protecting the natural, ecological and scenic quality of rural areas.
The draft Local Housing Strategy responds to our growing and changing population by looking at what types of future housing will be needed, where it can be best located and how we can deliver better housing outcomes.
To see the summarised versions and full documents before exhibition closes Friday 28 October.