|LOOKING AHEAD: Cr Charlie Pisasale and Cr Paul Tully|
discuss plans to turn Yamanto into a commercial
and residential hub.
Ipswich City Council has released of draft guidelines to guide the future development of Yamanto's commercial precinct and housing areas.
The council says these guidelines have been developed with input from key landowners and are designed to position Yamanto as a major centre incorporating retail and commercial businesses and housing surrounding the public transport hub.
Council planning and development head Cr Paul Tully said the opportunity now existed to redevelop Yamanto Central and its immediate surrounds to maximise the benefits of the proposed passenger rail transport corridor.
"It will also revitalise the centre and position the area for its future role as a major centre," Cr Tully said.
"We are planning to consult with local landowners from mid-January to the end of February 2013.
"The development of vibrant local centres providing shopping and services aligns with council's vision of a city of centres that ensures Ipswich residents have access to first-class services and retail outlets close to where they live and within an easy commute.
"Over the coming months, council will be writing to land-owners in the study area to gather their views on proposed guidelines and to set priorities for services in the area."
Cr Charlie Pisasale, whose division covers Yamanto, encouraged businesses in the area to get involved.
"Yamanto is a part of Ipswich with a great future," he said.
"With our growing population and rapidly evolving mix of local services and businesses it is vital that we get the development priorities right for the future.
"I encourage all local land owners in the study area to get involved and have their say."