The future of Seymour looks bright — if the draft structure plan is anything to go by.
The plan sets out a vision for the long-term future of the town, and has outlined the future planning for the area.
Mitchell Shire Council has released the draft structure plan online, and it’s now up to the community to provide their input on the plan, which will be pivotal in guiding and shaping the future direction of Seymour.
Seymour was identified in the Hume Regional Growth Plan as a town that has the potential to accommodate significant change, and one that could develop into a major employment centre over the next three decades.
Just like Bendigo, Geelong and the Yarra Valley, Seymour’s location within a 100km radius of Melbourne makes it an ideal location for future growth.
The structure plan will manage the future development of Seymour, while meeting the needs of existing residents, businesses and visitors.
It aims to build on Seymour’s existing strengths — including the Goulburn River, it’s close proximity to major arterial roads and a frequent train service — while it also addresses the challenges that the town faces as it looks to facilitate positive change.
The plan identifies eight key elements that aid in forming a vision for Seymour, which include the town’s character and identity, activity centres, employment and economic development, residential development, natural environment and landscape, community facilities and open space, movement and access, and services and utilities.
The Telegraph will look at each of the eight elements over the coming weeks.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the plan would set a clear future vision for the town.
‘‘Seymour is already home to a proud and well-serviced community,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘However, over the next 20 years the town has the potential to become a major regional centre, which presents some fantastic opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors.
‘‘The emphasis of this structure plan will be on attracting jobs, residential growth and quality services to Seymour, while retaining the town’s character, heritage and natural beauty.’’
The draft Seymour Structure Plan will be available for the community to view and comment on for the next six weeks, until September 11.
Community drop-in sessions will be held at Chittick Park Community Place on August 3 (from 2pm to 8pm), August 15 (2pm to 8pm), August 23 (10.30am to 4.30pm) and September 7 (2pm to 8pm).
A ‘listening post’ is also scheduled outside Woolworths on August 12 (10am to 2pm).
Feedback from consultations will help inform and shape the final plan.
●To view the plan and have your say, go to www.seymour3660.com.au or visit one of council’s Customer and Library Service Centres.