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Ballarat CBD works to kick off
After extensive research, community consultation and planning, the long-term
CBD Strategy is currently being finalised and is expected to be adopted
by Council before the end of the financial year.
Identified as a community priority, the City of Ballarat has allocated $2.2
million from the capital works program to begin a number of CBD
rejuvenation projects by mid-year.
Early projects will include: enhanced pavements along Sturt Street
between Armstrong and Grenville streets; contemporary lighting to
emphasise Sturt Street's unique streetscape; and feature lighting to
highlight the central garden reserve at night.
Long-term projects may include:
• Use of the Dana Street/Doveton Street South corner for community
and art activities;
• Lighting audits conducted in high priority areas;
• Preparation of a detailed design of the Town Hall precinct
• Fostered business re-utilisation of identified vacant upper-level
• Commercial and retail developments in identified precincts;
• Roadwork improvements to Mair Street, in conjunction with
• A range of maintenance works to the Bridge Mall.
The City of Ballarat will endeavour to ensure that projects do not adversely
impact CBD trading, community access to CBD services, parking and
New inner-city housing
Ballarat's population is expected to grow from 95,000 to 127,000 by
2031. To meet the needs of our growing population, the City of Ballarat is
looking at a number of housing options and strategies, such as the re-use
of land in existing urban areas.
A recently completed report, titled 'Ballarat Residential Infill Opportunities
Study', has identified 121 vacant or underused residential zoned sites
that could be used for housing in the future.
Commonly referred to as 'infill housing', the use of vacant or underused
land in residential neighbourhoods for new housing will not only create a
more compact and vibrant city centre, it will also reduce development
pressure on the urban fringes.
The report also looked at Ballarat's changing housing needs in
consideration of trends such as an ageing population, smaller household
sizes and growing student numbers, creating an increased demand for
buildings on smaller, low-maintenance lots located close to shops,
services and community facilities.
Using concepts for three of the identified vacant sites as examples, the
report showed that higher density housing can be used in established
areas without impacting on Ballarat's heritage characteristics.
The report will be used as a reference tool when negotiating with
developers and landowners seeking to develop city-based infill sites for
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