Skipton residents called to help plan town’s future

Published on 03 April 2024

A drone image of the Skipton town, there is a bright yellow canola field at the bottom of the image, and the town is surrounded by lush green farmland.

Skipton locals are invited to meet Council’s planning team and discuss the draft structure plan for the town.

There will be a drop-in session at the Mechanics Hall on Wednesday 24 April.

North Ward Councillor Nick Cole encouraged people to come along and talk about their hopes and aspirations for the town’s future.

“It’s your town so come and tell us what’s important to you,” he said.

“Last year Council reached out to the community with face-to-face meetings and an online survey. That gave us insights into the issues and opportunities facing the town, which have gone into this draft plan.

“Now we’re asking for feedback before we finalise the plan for use in future planning decisions and investments.

“If you can’t make the drop-in session, you can download the plan and leave your comments on the Council website.”

The main issues raised by the community of Skipton included:

  • Skipton’s commercial sector is declining.
  • The threat of major flooding is discouraging commercial and residential investment.
  • The lack of public transport creates a barrier for resident mobility.
  • Lack of tourist opportunities.
  • Lack of employment opportunities.
  • Lack of housing supply and availability.

Manager Planning and Building Services Aaron Moyne said Council was committed to supporting Skipton’s future by creating development opportunities and providing clear direction on sustainable change.

“The key aim of the Skipton Structure Plan is to plan for and develop a shared vision for the town, including identifying the type and amount of land use change projected over the next 15-20 years. It aims to direct and promote residential growth, protect the Mt Emu creek environs, and plan for the growth of commercial, industrial and tourism opportunities.”

Feedback closes Monday 6 May at 5 pm.

For more information, click here or call Strategic Planner Kristen Wilkes or Manager Planning and Building Services Aaron Moyne on 5593 7104. 

Drop-in session
Wednesday 24 April, 3 - 7 pm
Skipton Mechanics Institute Hall