The VPA would like to thank the 85 Sunbury residents who attended our consultation session on Monday, 5 December.
Regional Lead Director Tim Peggie and Strategic Planning Manager Mat Garner gave a public presentation outlining the plans, followed by a question and answer session that enabled many questions to be answered and for the VPA to better understand local concerns.
Many people participated in the question and answer session, while residents were also able to chat to planners one-on-one and view key documents, such as maps outlining future urban structures.
Key issues raised during this question and answer session included concerns about increased traffic, questions about when the Bulla Bypass would be delivered and questions about future health and education services in Sunbury.
Participants were understandably concerned about the changes growth would bring and future impacts.
Tim Peggie and Mat Garner told the crowd that the plans would result in several new roads being built, such as two new crossings of Jacksons Creek and a ring road around Sunbury as an extension to Elizabeth Drive.
Indeed, the plans are expected to raise more than $800 million in development levies, which will allow council to fund vital infrastructure and community projects.
Regarding the Bulla Bypass, Mr Peggie and Mr Garner said the plans accounted for the road and acknowledged it was an essential piece of infrastructure.
They highlighted the fact the plans make provision for seven new primary schools and three new secondary schools, and took note of residents’ preferences for new health facilities in the precincts.
The VPA is hosting another public drop-in session on Thursday, 8 December from 5pm – 8pm.
The two PSPs are on exhibition until 6 February 2017, and people can make submissions to them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.