Tell us your thoughts on how you see Baxter in the future

Published on 17 October 2018

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A key challenge for the Shire is the need to balance the demands for urban growth and the preservation of the natural landscape and rural activity on the Peninsula.

To plan for future change, the Shire is currently undertaking a number of structure plans for its activity centres, including Baxter, to guide future development and provide effectively for changing community needs.

The Baxter Town Centre Structure Plan will guide land use, urban design and transport decisions supporting the successful growth and enhancement of Baxter township over the next 15 to 20 years.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the Structure Plan aims to shape future growth to provide a more attractive, accessible, safe and sustainable centre.

“We are inviting local community members and key stakeholders to engage with us and help set the vision for the future of Baxter”.

At the drop in sessions in October and November, community members will be able to discuss what is working well and how this can be enhanced, as well as identifying how the township can change or look in the future.

These thoughts and suggestions will be used to help develop the Draft Structure Plan.

“Developing this Plan is part of our endeavour to manage commercial and population growth pressures within our townships in a way that is sustainable and protects our green wedge areas.

“Baxter is an up and coming township, with significant growth and investment being anticipated should Baxter be added to the electrified metro rail network”.

“Together with the community, we want to ensure development pressures and the increase of vehicle and pedestrian traffic are accounted for when mapping the preferred future character for Baxter,” concluded Cr Payne.

DROP IN SESSIONS

Preparation of Baxter Township Structure Plan
Wednesday 31 October 2018, 6pm to 8pm
Baxter Community Hall – 211 Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter

Baxter Township Vision and Objectives
Wednesday 7 November 2018, 6pm to 8pm (presentation 6pm – 6:30pm)
Baxter Community Hall – 211 Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter

Further community engagement will be undertaken in early 2019 to build on the information gathered during this community drop in sessions.

If you can’t attend the drop in sessions, you can provide your thoughts online by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay or fill out forms available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.