Have your say on Wollondilly Council's future plan for Picton

Picture: Simon Bennett
Picture: Simon Bennett

Wollondilly Council's re-imagined vision Picton was on the agenda at Tuesday's council meeting.

The Picton Place Plan has been approved for public exhibition.

Residents will now have the opportunity to give their feedback on the future direction of the town.

The Wollondilly Community Cultural and Civic Precinct was identified in the council's 20 year land use vision for the shire, Wollondilly 2040.

Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan said Picton's role was emerging as a vibrant, strong cultural and civic centre and an important alternative for the community alongside the new town centre planned for Wilton.

"The proposed place plan will provide council and the community with a shared vision for the town of Picton and guide the delivery of future programs, events and infrastructure projects," he said.

"The findings of the Picton Place Plan are closely intertwined with the development of the Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct, with the projects happening in parallel to make sure we have a consistent outcome."

Cr Kahn said approval of the Picton Place Plan would reaffirm the council's commitment to sustainable growth, with a focus on protecting the unique qualities of Wollondilly's towns and villages and Wilton identified as the major growth centre.

The Place Plan includes a range of strategies to enhance Picton over the years ahead.

The plan is a guiding document that will assist the council and the community to identify the purpose and character of the town and will further strengthen Picton's position as the commercial hub of Wollondilly and the home of government services.

The key principles which have been incorporated into the plan following previous community engagement include: open space and more trees, opportunities to engage with nature, more activities and longer operating hours and a reduction in traffic congestion.

Previous feedback also showed that residents and businesses were keen to maintain a village lifestyle, protect rural views and integrate the valuable heritage and character of Picton.

Apart from the Wollondilly Community, Cultural and Civic Precinct, other related key projects will include the Picton Parklands Master Plan and the proposed Picton Bypass.

Cr Kahn said it was also important to note that the council looks at the needs of the whole shire when setting its budget.

He said the delivery of the place plan was intended to be just one of a range of investments in towns and villages.

"It's important that this Plan reflects the community's vision for Picton now and into the future," he said.

"We want to hear from the community to make sure we have got it right.

"So we are encouraging everyone to take a look at the Picton Place Plan and tell us know what you think."

The Picton Place Plan is set to go on public exhibition in the coming weeks.

The council is encouraging the community to visit Your Say Wollondilly to provide feedback and register for updates.