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Armidale Regional Council seeks ideas from community to develop Armidale Regional Plan 2040

INPUT: Armidale Mayor Simon Murray said the best way to get people talking about their ideas is over a cup of coffee.
INPUT: Armidale Mayor Simon Murray said the best way to get people talking about their ideas is over a cup of coffee.

Armidale's community now has the opportunity to share its views and opinions on future plans for the city, towns and villages throughout this region for the next 20 years.

Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said developing the Armidale Regional Plan 2040 was an important step in aligning the whole region's planning priorities, to shape its vision for growth and prosperity and provide certainty and direction.

"What we're trying to do is get people from across our regional area to look at how they interact with Armidale, to develop what will be basically a master-plan," he said.

"The region is projected to grow in population by over 26 per cent or more than 8000 people by 2040.

"With the addition of these people comes the need for the current and future community to have certainty around the direction of the region's plans to accommodate that growth."

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To commence this planning all are welcome to share a coffee and their ideas in a series of 'Café Catch-ups' with the team, to be held on Tuesday, December 3 from noon - 2pm at Juniels Café in Guyra, or from 4pm - 7pm at Bistro on Cinders in Armidale.

Students, business owners, home owners, representatives of groups, temporary or permanent residents, all perspectives will be vital to create the overarching strategy and vision that will reflect our shared priorities.

A Citizen Panel will come together in March 2020 for a day-long facilitated session to help further shape the plan, and a registration of interest to participate in this panel is welcome at Your Say Armidale.

Formal public exhibition with invitations for submissions will occur in the middle of 2020.

The finalised Armidale Regional Plan 2040 was scheduled to be put to council for adoption in the second half of 2020.

"Armidale is a regional city, not only for us, but also for people from the wider area," Cr Murray said.

"Whether that be for UNE, TAFE, APVMA or the airport, all of those factors, people coming from the region to here to visit our city."

Further information and ways to participate including through online input are offered at Your Say Armidale

This story Planning for 2040: Council seeks community input first appeared on The Armidale Express.