Business owners are urged to have a say on the future of the Coffs Harbour City Centre.
Business owners are urged to have a say on the future of the Coffs Harbour City Centre.

City Centre plan for Coffs Harbour

CITY centre property owners, retailers, shoppers and regular visitors are being asked to come up with their brightest ideas for the CBD.

As part of the development of a city centre master plan, community consultation is taking place next week to identify cultural, economic and social opportunities to enliven the precinct.

Everything from ideas about traffic flow to retail variety, late opening cafes and restaurants, better parking and security issues will be welcome.

Facilitator Dave Woolbank from boutique consultancy agency Straight Talk says he is looking for people with intimate knowledge and a passion for the CBD to explore imaginative concepts which will better serve the community.

"Council is looking for creative and innovative concepts that make best use of an active CBD and that also provide for connections and integration with the location assets," Mr Woolbank said.

"This first workshop plans to explore what the community thinks the values and vision of the CBD should and could be.

"This will inform the design themes and ultimately design options and recommendations for further community engagement. The ideas fest is being held between 5.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday September 19.

"The CBD master plan should directly assist in the achievement of an active CBD that provides economic and social drivers, economic revitalisation, good urban design, resolving traffic issues, providing street frontage, creating a sense of place and be a community focus point."

The Coffs Harbour City Council was earlier this year granted a continuation of its special CBD rate to fund the development of the CBD master plan.

"If you have any interests in the city centre, we want to hear from you," Mr Woolbank said. If you would like to participat email and leave your name and phone number.