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In Northcote VIC on “A mixed-use development...” at Building 25 Separation Street Northcote VIC 3070:

Stephen leah commented

Disappointing to see so many negative comments about a woefully under used site. The Plaza is a Northcote icon in the best and worst ways. Let's be constructive instead of the usual NO NO NO. I remember Northcote / Thornbury 20 years ago and it was dead. Population expansion, demographic change and, yes, gentrification have all been (for the most part) good for the area that has evolved so much. Let's not kid ourselves that we live in a "village", we live in a thriving, independent metropolitan hub that maintains excellent transport links, access to no end of amenities and manages to retain its identity and community feel better than most. Of course the amenity of the park should be protected, the scale of the project proposed should be questioned and the quality of the planning and design outcomes should be high and well considered.

Let's practice what we preach regarding wanting sustainable development outcomes and yes, often that means fewer cars, (we cannot ween ourselves off our car dependency if we constantly provide more) we cannot enjoy the benefits of population expansion and demographic change if we do not acknowledge that well connected and liveable suburbs need to evolve in a rapidly growing city. Northcote is well placed to do this and the plaza site in particular is well placed to do this because if not here then where, and the answer is not in my backyard.

So please let's be constructive, by all means object but let's move beyond the predictable and outdated outrage regarding car parking numbers and ensure we get a well designed, sustainable and appropriately scaled development...

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