Yass Valley Council begins review of submissions for Settlement Strategy draft

Yass Valley Council (YVC) is about halfway through its review of residents’ submissions received in relation to its draft ‘Yass Valley Settlement Strategy’.

The public exhibition of the document – which sought to stimulate a conversation with the community about where growth should go – recently finished.

Chris Berry, council’s director of planning and environment, said the review process may take a couple of months.

“We’re about halfway through the process and working through a heap of submissions,” Mr Berry said.

“We’re also following up with a number of people whom we thought would have made submissions but have appeared not to have yet, including a number of community associations and government agencies.”

A key recommendation of the draft includes growing Yass and Murrumbateman to populations of 20,000 and 10,000, respectively.

“It probably doesn’t come as surprise to anybody. Maybe the quantum of growth may be a surprise, and we’re talking beyond 2036,” Mr Berry said.

“We realise growth won't stop, so we’re planning for the next 40 plus years. We’ve got an eye on the very long term as well,” he said.

Council is also set to hold a workshop before the information will be scheduled for council meeting. “We’re also more than likely to hold a planning forum where anybody who's made submissions will be given the opportunity to address councillors. But again, we’ll just need to schedule that around our busy diaries and our commitments,” Berry said.