The Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas (NWGGA) present a unique set of opportunities and challenges for sustainable urban development. The scale and long-term nature of development means a strong plan for sustainability integration, within planning, infrastructure and development, is required.
City of Greater Geelong
HIP V. HYPE Sustainability has worked closely with City of Greater Geelong to deliver a program of research, analysis and significant stakeholder engagement exploring best practice sustainability opportunities and sustainability action plan for the future growth areas.
Our work, exploring sustainability outcomes over a 40 year time frame, has involved the consideration of the evolution of how various delivery mechanisms, including financial, governance and operational models, can be used to achieve the outcomes targeted.
Five headline opportunities for the region were identified based on the One Planet Living Principles:
1. 5-minute living
2. Zero carbon and zero net energy
3. Integrated transport plan with 'day one' public and active transport
4. Blue and green infrastructure
5.Collaborative approach with strong governance and leadership
Sustainability has been at the forefront of the early planning processes for the growth areas ensuring that the City has a unique opportunity to future-proof communities and work consistently towards the creation of genuinely sustainable, healthy and liveable environments.
Next steps will require action by the City, key stakeholders, landowners/developers and the community to truly embed the vision of sustainable living through precinct planning, subdivision and development of the new communities.