Blue Mountains News

Consultation shows strong community support for update

By Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 18 Feb 2024 - Posted: 20 Dec 2023
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill in the Blaxland town centre.
Preliminary analysis suggests more than three-quarters of respondents have shown support for a central piazza as part of an incentives approach to building heights, in Blaxland town centre.

Seventy per cent of respondents also supported the Canary Island date palms being replaced with an appropriate species, as part of an improved town centre.

More than 1,400 community members provided their feedback on the updated 2023 Blaxland Masterplan, during the six-week exhibition period.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said: “Close to a quarter of households in the 2774 postcode have responded to our survey and an overwhelming majority support the updated 2023 Blaxland Masterplan.

“Blaxland is a significant service centre for our city, and it is great to see so many members of our community engaging in this process and supporting the future revised vision.”

Consultation on the updated plan was conducted between 1 November and 13 December, with Blue Mountains residents invited to provide feedback on the update via email and online survey. Over 4,400 households and businesses located in the 2774 postcode were also provided with a returnable postcard that could be used to share feedback.

Following community consultation carried out since the Masterplan was adopted in 2018, the update proposes that only certain key sites within Blaxland Town Centre could go up to four storeys when clear public benefits, such as a central piazza, are delivered to the community.

“The consultation has demonstrated that there is strong local support for what I believe is a well-considered plan that will stimulate economic investment in the town centre and deliver much needed additional housing and community space for local residents,” Mayor Greenhill said.

Another key initiative in the updated Masterplan is the proposed future removal of the Canary Island date palms along the Great Western Highway, as part of wider public domain upgrades.

“The Masterplan recognises Blaxland’s role as a gateway for the Great Western Highway and the need for a more unified approach to landscaping across the town centre. Although the proposed future replacement of the date palms has generated a lot of commentary, it is clear from this consultation that there is actually strong support in the community for the eventual removal and replacement of these trees with a more appropriate species.”

The date palms were originally planted by the NSW Government in 2000, but Council staff have had to regularly remove rodent faeces from around the trees and the large fruit and fronds that the trees produce – are a danger to the community, as they fall. The date palms also have sharp spines on the leaf base which can cause painful injuries.

“Council will be able to sell the trees and make money on these – so there is no cost to the community in relation to the removal,” Mayor Greenhill said. “And it will be safer all round, after they are removed.”

A report detailing the community consultation and recommendations on adoption of the updated Blaxland Masterplan 2023, and the preparation of an associated Planning Proposal, will be delivered when Council meetings resume in 2024.

 
Eagle View Escape Eagle View Escape Eagle View Escape Escape with someone special ....

Recent News

Jo Clancy announced as First Nations Development Resident
Jo Clancy announced as First Nations Development Resident
Wiradjuri dancer and choreographer Jo Clancy is the recipient of City...
2024 Blue Mountains Quilt Show
2024 Blue Mountains Quilt Show
Blue Mountains Quilters will be holding their biennial quilt show
Draft designs for off-leash at Whitton and Leura on display for public feedback
Draft designs for off-leash at Whitton and Leura on display for public feedback
Draft designs for Council’s planned upgrades to the dog off-leash area...
Calling all local artists – opportunity for local creatives now open
Calling all local artists – opportunity for local creatives now open
Blue Mountains City Council has now opened applications for the Blue Mountains...
Unveiling the Cosmos: A Stargazer's Guide to the Blue Mountains
Unveiling the Cosmos: A Stargazer's Guide to the Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains offer more than just breathtaking vistas. Away from...

What's New

Pasta & Sauce Making Class: Sat May 4th
Pasta & Sauce Making Class: Sat May 4th
Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat Learn how to make pasta from scratch with flour, semolina and water. NO EGG. It's so good, you may be converted for life
Edible Garden Trail Katoomba
Edible Garden Trail Katoomba
Fifth Ave Katoomba Retreat We're on the Trail! Visit our open garden on Sunday 3rd March from noon. Olive trees, fruit and nut, herbs and veggies.
Limousine Service - Blue Mountains
Limousine Service - Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs Enjoy a relaxing transfer in one of our luxurious limousines from Sydney Airport / CBD to the Blue Mountains
Luxury 5 Star 2 Bedroom Cottage in Leura
Luxury 5 Star 2 Bedroom Cottage in Leura
La Casetta Guest review: This gorgeous home made for the best weekend ever!!
Escape to the Blue Mountains
Escape to the Blue Mountains
Federation Gardens and Possums Hideaway Toast marshmallows around the cosy firepit.
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Limousine Service - Blue MountainsEnjoy a relaxing transfer in one of our luxurious limousines from Sydney Airport / CBD to the Blue MountainsView Blue Mountains Limousines & Vintage Cadillacs »