The opening of Southland Station later this year is expected to add to development pressure in surrounding streets.
Community consultation is now underway to develop a structure plan that will help guide future development in the area of Cheltenham bounded by Park Road, Bay Road, Jack Road and the train line.
Acting Director for City Planning and Community Services, Matt Kelleher said a structure plan is important for ensuring growth occurs in a planned and coordinated way.
“This area has been identified for growth for nearly 15 years. Under the current planning scheme, any block of land could be converted into a three storey apartment block,” Mr Kelleher said.
“A structure plan will enable Council to work with residents to identify what is most valued by the community, what types of infrastructure are required into the future and how to best accommodate the future growth.”
A community advisory panel made up of residents and business operators will be established to work with Council in the development of the structure plan.
Residents will also have an opportunity to have their say during consultation over the coming months.