Taylor Burrell Barnett is excited to have been awarded the tender to prepare a new Strategy and Scheme for the City of Greater Geraldton. Funded through the Northern Planning Program, the project will see Taylor Burrell Barnett lead a project team comprising Eaton & Passarelli, Essential Environmental and Donald Veal Consultants to work in collaboration with the City and the Department of Planning to prepare a new Strategy and Scheme for the whole of the District.
As part of this project, the existing Schemes of Geraldton, Greenough, Cape Burney and Mullewa will be comprehensively reviewed, updated and consolidated into one new Scheme.
The Scheme will take a planning approach to the City of Greater Geraldton’s community vision of “A creative city-region with the capacity to sustain a population of 80,000-100,000 which has a prosperous, diverse and sustainable community within an attractive Western Australian setting.” This Vision will be the basis for setting the objects and intentions of the new Scheme and has particular regard to the ‘five pillars of sustainability’ that have been established in the City of Greater Geraldton’s Strategic Community Plan 2013-2023.
During 2010, the City invited community members to participate in a number of deliberative processes to image what future they wanted for the Greater Geraldton region. This was closely followed by Designing our City, a deliberative planning process held over three days in August 2011. This project represents the next stage in the 2029 and Beyond community based planning process initiated by the City of Greater Geraldton and its partners to address the challenges and opportunities facing the City and region and will directly respond to the outcomes of the Designing our City forum, acknowledging that the preferred Big Picture Consolidated Scenario will provide the sound basis for preparing the new Scheme and Strategy.
The Taylor Burrell Barnett team, comprising Rachel Chapman, Michael Willcock, Lex Barnett, Sarah Davies and Karen Hyde, have already commenced the extensive process of gathering information and talking to government and agency stakeholders in Geraldton and Perth as part of phase 1 of the project and look forward to delivering a draft Strategy and Scheme for the City in 2014.