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City engages with community around Bishop Lavis Urban Node upgrade<span style="line-height:1.6;">The Bishop Lavis Urban Node Upgrade forms part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme. The upgrade aims to optimise the existing land use patterns so that the currently underutilised publically owned land and facilities may be put to productive use in the interests of the local community of Bishop Lavis.</span><div><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><p>The focal point of the study is how best to connect the town centre to the Lavistown train station. The study boundary of the project includes the Bishop Lavis sports field, the civic, clinic and shopping nodes along Lavis Drive, and the area between Lavis Station and Koppiesdam Road.</p><p><strong>Residents invited to attend Open Day</strong></p><p>‘In line with our commitment to being an inclusive city, we plan to host an Open Day on 28 April 2016 at the Civic Centre Hall in Bishop Lavis to answer any questions about the proposed development options and to receive further input from the community.</p><p>‘Over the last six months, various stakeholders have been consulted to understand spatial issues and concerns in this developmental node. One of the strategic suggestions which came through was to create a fresh identity for Bishop Lavis. We therefore encourage residents to attend the open day and contribute their ideas as it is crucial for us to get as much of their feedback as possible to ensure that the proposals respond to the local context of the area accurately,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.</p><p>Three proposals are currently being explored as possible options for the future development of the node. The professional team is in the process of engaging with various line departments at the City as well as the large land owners to determine the feasibility of some of the proposals.</p><p>The proposals include a more compact sports ground with better facilities, additional residential land, and a safer shopping precinct with a plaza. Other general proposals include mixed-use sites along Lavis Drive and extending the clinic grounds to include the area around the Bishop Lavis Civic Centre. This will create additional parking for residents visiting the clinic and will extend services to the rehabilitation centre.</p><p><strong>Open Day event details</strong></p><p>The open day will take place at the Civic Centre Hall on Lavis Drive between 15:00 – 19:00 on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Once comments have been received from the open day, a final preferred option will be taken through a more detailed design and legal process. Documents showing the preferred options will be open to the public for viewing at the Bishop Lavis Library.</p></div>2016-04-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a;L0|#01596e104-b1e8-47f6-9db5-263896676e0a|subcouncil;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#5480e777-2da6-4593-b5f5-2fbd6c52eaa3;L0|#05480e777-2da6-4593-b5f5-2fbd6c52eaa3|spatial planning;GP0|#0697441f-1d22-448b-b2a2-a992ed2a450a;L0|#00697441f-1d22-448b-b2a2-a992ed2a450a|Urban development1

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