Renewed plan for CBD future development

FUTURE development of Gladstone's Central Business District will be guided by a renewed strategy and implementation plan, put together by Gladstone Regional Council.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said the strategy would build on existing plans and documents to ensure the long-range vision for the CBD's built environment focuses on providing attractive destinations, suitable employment opportunities, a choice of retail development and other services that make the CBD an important business hub.

"As an example, this strategy could build on the earlier work done for the existing CBD Redevelopment Strategy which identified three strategic precincts: The Waterfront Heart; the City Heart; and the Valley Heart," Councillor Sellers said.

"It is envisaged that this strategy will update and extend upon existing plans and be conducted in-house by Council's Development Services Section."

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When complete, the strategy is expected to outline opportunities for social, economic development and environmental enhancements in the CBD.

"This will be a broad strategy involving extensive consultation and will support Council's planning framework to promote activity and development in specific areas of interest in the CBD," Cr Sellers said.

"Additionally, it will determine physical improvements in public spaces; identify potential economic initiatives to support urban renewal; and outline actions to improve access and connectivity."

Accompanying the strategy will be an implementation plan that will outline what needs to be done, who needs to do it and when the works are to be undertaken.