Community consultation has commenced for a new Mona Vale Place Plan.

A Place Plan was undertaken for Mona Vale by the former Pittwater Council but scrapped during the amalgamation process in 2016 following opposition from community groups.

Northern Beaches Administrator Dick Persson claimed a ‘misleading’ campaign had been mounted against the plan and that it would need to be decided by a future elected council.

“A number of people continue to misrepresent this history by claiming the plan is due to the merger, ‘representing our worst fears’. There is no doubt these people know this is untrue, leaving the most likely conclusion that they are trying to use the Mona Vale draft plan as a vehicle to restart their political campaign of opposition to the council merger.

“Under these circumstances, I feel it is impossible to have a sensible and reasonable community discussion about what is a very important planning issue. It is not my place to comment on the politics of forming the Northern Beaches Council but I am not prepared to have the draft plan used as a tool to attack the new council over something it had nothing to do with. Accordingly, I am withdrawing it from public exhibition,” said Mr Persson at the time.

Despite Mona Vale being defined as a strategic centre in the Greater Sydney Region Plan, the Place Plan for Mona Vale has languished since the council amalgamation.

Pressure from local business groups mounted to reignite the planning process but Council had claimed there was insufficient funding available to progress a Place Plan for Mona Vale, which lead to a funding injection from the NSW Government to restart the process.

In February 2021, Northern Beaches Council issued a tender for a consulting firm to ‘establish a new community engagement plan’ and ‘deliver the Mona Vale Place Plan’. In December 2021, a project working group was established, calling for a range of local business and resident representatives.

Mone Vale Beach

Council is also restarting the community consultation process, with two community information sessions this Saturday, 12 March. Session one will be from 9.00am-11.00am outside 19 Bungan Street, Mona Vale and session two will be from 12.00pm-2.00pm outside Mona Vale Memorial Hall. Information about these and other upcoming consultation activities is available on the council Your Say website.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan encouraged people to express their views, saying the Mona Vale Place Plan would deliver a set of priorities and directions.

Michael Regan

Michael Regan

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get involved and have your say on what improvements you would like to see in Mona Vale. It’s a moment to share with us what you love about the Mona Vale town centre and surrounding areas, what you’d like to improve and how you want it to look in the future,” said Mayor Regan.

The Mona Vale Place Plan will work within the Local Strategic Planning Framework, Towards 2040 which was adopted by Council in February 2020.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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