Pako UDF released for public viewing

City of Greater Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan. (Supplied)

Matt Hewson

The final iteration of the Pakington North Urban Design Framework (UDF) is up for public viewing, with the version endorsed by the appointed community panel now up on the council’s website.

The community engagement process, which a City of Greater Geelong statement referred to as “the City’s most exhaustive to date”, began in March 2018.

The framework has been mired in controversy, facing significant opposition from the Geelong West community throughout the process.

Public concerns revolve around the effect of highrise developments on the area, heritage buildings, parking and the general amenity of the Pakington North precinct.

Community panellists participated in 20 hours of deliberative engagement sessions, making recommendations using a set of criteria including enhancing liveability, providing flexibility for future development, holistic design approach and requiring recommendations be realistic.

The proposed framework includes more guidelines around many aspects of the UDF, including building heights, which would reach a maximum of 10 storeys in select areas only and require setbacks at multiple levels to ensure streets remain sunlit.

The UDF will come before the council at its May 28 meeting, and Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan encouraged those who live, work or shop in the area to read the document ahead of that meeting.

“The Pakington North precinct, which stretches along Pako from Church Street to Waratah and Wellington streets, contributes to Geelong West’s thriving economy and culture,” Mayor Sullivan said.

“Community members are welcome to view the documents at to understand what is going to Council at its upcoming meeting.

“We thank the Pakington North Community Panel for taking part in the City’s most collaborative and comprehensive community engagement.”