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Central Coast Council launches new Street Design Guideline to enhance public spaces
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Central Coast Council is excited to introduce the Street Design Guideline (Guideline) and Landscape Works Specifications, a comprehensive framework designed to transform the design and development of streets and civic spaces across our towns and neighbourhoods.

The draft Guideline, which was on exhibition for community feedback, was adopted at Council’s Ordinary May meeting, and lays out both the visionary and technical criteria necessary to create greener, safer, and healthier streets throughout the Central Coast.

Council Acting Director Environment and Planning, Luke Sulkowski, said well-designed streets can create a strong sense of place and strengthen the bonds within our neighbourhoods and towns.

“Community feedback on the draft Guideline, indicated support for vegetated, shaded streetscapes, more seating and designs that safely cater for the rise in alternative modes of transport.

“Streets form a significant part of urban public spaces and play multiple roles beyond providing transportation routes. Good street design is vital for improving our quality of life, making streets that are safe, comfortable, attractive, and accessible to everyone. The Guideline aims to foster inviting spaces where people feel encouraged to linger, socialise, and connect with their community, Mr Sulkowski said.

"Our One Central Coast Community Strategic Plan 2018-2028 reflects both Council’s commitment, and the community’s desire to develop town centres and neighbourhoods known for their liveability, sustainability, and distinctive character. The new Street Design Guideline is a pivotal step towards fulfilling this goal."

The Guideline includes minimum design standards for different street types, a list of approved street tree species, and a materials and finishes schedule specifically for Gosford CBD. Additionally, it provides guidelines and advice for residents who wish to plant within the street verge.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the Guideline aims to help create well-designed, functional, people-centric streets and town centres that enhance the liveability and quality of life for everyone on the Central Coast.

“Creating vibrant, accessible, sustainable and eco-friendly hubs in growth areas and major centres will boost the local economy,” Mr Hart said.

“Revitalising our town centres will not only attract new businesses but also enhance the experience for residents and visitors, making the Central Coast a premier destination.”

In addition to the Guideline, Council is further enhancing connectivity in key visitor hubs of the Central Coast through the Town Centre Wayfinding Signage project. Designed to enhance navigation and improve the local and visitor experience with updated signage across town centres, such as Ettalong Beach and The Entrance, the improved wayfinding system will encourage a greater sense of place.

As the Street Design Guideline evolves in parallel, it will include more information on paving materials, furnishings, and street tree species for all town centres.

For more information about the Street Design Guideline and Landscape Works Specifications, visit Your Voice Our Coast

Photo caption: Image extract from Central Coast Street Design manual

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