Sustainable development that supports population growth and protects the natural environment

The Greater Geelong community values:

  • green spaces and corridors, including farmland and recreational space, between urban areas
  • easy access to open space and parkland near homes
  • the uniqueness and significance of natural bushland, coastlines, wetlands, rivers and beaches
  • sustainable development that responds to climate change
  • design that makes best use of technology for better and more sustainable living
  • development that enhances the identity of diverse neighbourhoods
  • design excellence and innovation in new buildings and public spaces
  • creating high amenity neighbourhoods that are well connected and sustainable.

Success will be achieved by:

  • revitalisation of Central Geelong
  • meeting the housing needs for projected population growth and future households
  • renewal of underutilised urban areas and buildings
  • preserving, enhancing and growing our natural areas
  • creation of urban forests throughout streets and parks
  • new models of higher density sustainable living with access to public green space.

The measures of success are:

  • suburban tree canopy is greater than 25 per cent
  • an increase in the quantity and quality of protected natural habitat
  • an increase in biodiversity with no loss of species and vegetation
  • in urban areas, 95 per cent of dwellings are within 400m of public open space
  • no net loss of open space by suburb
  • 10,000 people living in Central Geelong
  • 50 per cent of new housing construction to be conducted within existing urban areas.


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Page last updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018