Residents submit vision for Keiraville, Gwynneville

Keiraville and Gwynneville residents have offered up a wish-list of improvements to their suburbs, mostly concerning congestion caused by the nearby university, as part of a new city council community planning process.

Under the new approach to suburban planning, the community has been consulted about what it would like to happen before the plan is considered by Wollongong council staff.

Hundreds of residents have taken part in workshops and surveys over the past year to come up with a vision they hope will be used when making development decisions.

Tonight, members of community group Neighbourhood Forum 5 will vote on whether to endorse the plan before forwarding it to the council.

Forum convener David Winterbottom said the document aimed to maintain the "village atmosphere" of the suburbs, which faced increasing university traffic and development, as well as impacts from boarding house proprietors hoping to cash in on the student population.

"The issues which came through loudest and clearest were the parking and traffic issues, and following that was the idea of keeping urban development in the right places rather than sticking boarding houses wherever they happen to pop up," he said.

Residents have also come up with a planning proposal, to be submitted to NSW Planning, in which they ask that areas close to transport, jobs and the university be allowed to have increased floor space ratios to encourage higher-density developments.

More remote streets should have a decreased floor space ratio, the proposal says.

Mr Winterbottom said he hoped to see the Keiraville and Gwynneville plan considered by councillors early this year.

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