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Thursday, 1 December 2022

Brookvale has certainly undergone some big transformations in the last few years. It’s active night life, emerging art and creativity industry and some innovative new businesses have created a hub for local jobs and entertainment.

However, it’s hard to argue that Brookie could do with revitalisation and Council has spent a number of years talking to business and community and conducting traffic, housing, employment and other detailed studies to develop a vision for the next 10 to 15 years.

And we’d love you to have a look at the draft Brookvale Structure Plan and have your say.

The plan builds on the previous plan released in 2017 and aims to create a vibrant precinct that supports jobs growth in professional, industrial and creative businesses, provides more diverse housing options, improves the Pittwater Road strip and increases community and green space.

It includes:

  • support for 975 new jobs including high quality office space
  • 5,000m2 town square/greenspace and improvements to streetscapes
  • up to 1,300 new homes, delivering more diverse and affordable housing options for the area
  • a new town centre around the B-line stop
  • 2,000-2,500m2 of community facilities in the proposed town square
  • improved pedestrian and bike connectivity throughout Brookvale.

The draft plan divides Brookvale into five sub-precincts, each with its own character, focus and proposed changes, from the industrial to the commercial, shopping and housing.

This plan seeks to support and cultivate Brookvale’s new night-time economy – the micro-breweries, distilleries, and cafes, as well as the emerging art and creativity sector.  

It proposes to maintain the industrial zones for our local manufacturing sector, as well as recognise the need to keep the existing trade supplies hub and car showrooms. 

The Pittwater Rd strip needs investment and reinvigoration, and the draft plan proposes a number of ways to attract that as well as meet the increasing need for quality office space to encourage home-based sole trader businesses into more professional environments where they can grow and hire staff.

It proposes to provide more housing supply. Housing that young adults, downsizers and key workers may be able to afford – all near the B-line transport hub to reduce the need for more cars on the road.

There is also a proposal for 5% affordable housing – that’s housing that is owned by Council in perpetuity, with rents controlled at a particular level so these households are able to meet their essential living costs.   

And to give the suburb a focus, a new town square is proposed behind the B-line stop with landscaped green space, community facilities and outdoor dining.

The Brookvale Structure Plan will be available for community feedback until 28th February. You can watch the detailed information videos, register for a drop in, and read the plan in full on Your Say. We look forward to your feedback.

 

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