Liveable Yarra Project
The Liveable Yarra: better planning for people and places project provided an opportunity to for Council to have an in-depth conversation with our community about how Yarra can adapt to the challenges and opportunities brought about by growth and change in our city.
In 2015 Council undertook a new community engagement approach to this project to ensure participation from all sections of our diverse community. The consultation consisted of a number of elements including a People's Panel, Advisory Committees, and Targeted Community Workshops.
These conversations arehelping inform changes to the Yarra Planning Scheme – a technical document that guides decisions about planning.
The people’s panel, which took place in August and September 2015, was an exciting first for Council, playing a critical role in ensuring we understand the views of people who live, work, and visit and invest locally.
The panel was made up of 60 people from a range of demographics, representing the diversity of views and experiences in Yarra. Council engaged Capire Consulting Group to assist with the recruitment process and the panel workshops.
Members of the Panel attended four sessions where they examined a range of topics including housing, heritage, transport, built form, open space and the local economy.
The People's Panel's recommendations and feedback were presented to Council on 24 November 2015. The Council report and Liveable Yarra Engagement Report are available below:
Each of Council’s consultative committees provided advice regarding their specific areas of expertise to feed in to the consultation process. Their advice was presented to, and considered by, the People’s Panel. A summary of the Advisory Committees' advice is available below:
Targeted Community Workshops
Council held special workshops for sections of the community that may require extra support to participate in such a broad and complex matter. Workshops for non-English speaking residents, residents of Yarra’s public housing estates and a session for under 18’s were held in August and September 2015.
A targeted workshop was also held with developers, investors and planning consultants.
A summary of the feedback received during the targetted workshops is available below:
To provide in-depth information on the key issues for deliberation, the People’s Panel were provided with detailed background papers as follows:
Planning For The Future Survey
In May 2015, Council undertook the ‘Future of Yarra Survey’ to gather opinions from residents about challenges related to growth and change facing the City of Yarra.
A letter was sent by mail to 10,000 randomly selected households inviting one person aged over 18 to complete an anonymous online survey. Interpreter assistance and a paper version of the survey were offered. After two weeks, a total of 833 completed responses were received and the methodology utilised resulted in the demographics of respondents fairly closely representing the overall resident population.
The Report, Planning For The Future 2015 - Results From a Randomised Household Survey, is provided below. The survey findings, first presented to the Liveable Yarra People's Panel in August, have helped improve Councils understanding of community attitudes towards and preferences for population growth, housing development, open space, commercial activities, safety and transport in the municipality and continue to have practical application in community engagement and strategic planning.
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