Submissions open for schedule change in Newport

By Matthew Sims

The Hobsons Bay council is calling on Newport residents to voice their opinion on an amendment to the council’s planning plan to introduce greater heritage protection and guidelines for new building heights.

The amendment integrates the findings of the established Newport Structural Plan and the Inner Newport Heritage Gap Study.

The integrated findings include new and updated heritage overlays to protect locally significant heritage sites, including 156 additional properties in downtown Newport and new zones to guide built form and land use, completing the implementation of new residential zones across the borough.

Hobsons Bay Mayor Peter Hemphill said the amendment is an important step towards realizing the community’s long-term vision for Newport and ensuring appropriate development that will improve the livability of the suburb.

“I have long been an advocate for the protection of local heritage,” he said.

“In particular, I ensured that we carried out a comprehensive heritage assessment of this area of ​​West Newport.”

“Long-term planning and heritage protection is key to preserving the character and unique identity we love in our suburbs.”

Cr Hemphill said public comment is welcome on the amendment, which will also include new environmental overlays to ensure the land is properly remediated before new developments occur.

“The Newport Structural Plan has been developed over a number of years in consultation with the community and key stakeholders and I am delighted to see the principles put into practice,” he said.

“I strongly encourage Newport residents to review these major proposed planning changes that will shape the future of their suburb.”

Community information sessions will be held at the Newport Community Hub on Wednesday, July 6 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Wednesday, July 27 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

Public comment closes on Friday, August 12.


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