The traders support the draft plan submitted with the exception that building heights must be limited to 7.6 metres in line with the Foothills Overlay.
They believe the economic viability of the Village is better served by the preservation of the special landscape as part of the Foothill of the Dandenong ranges. They see no economic advantage in medium density housing with its pressures on parking, traffic and infrastructure, with the loss of landscape identity and loss of amenity generally in this significant but geographically confined space.
The traders welcome the present cluster of not-for-profit caring organisations and acknowledge the benefit of the trade that accompanies the presence in the village of their staff and clients. They expect to continue to build upon this relationship.
The traders welcome many aspects of the proposed plan and look forward to collaborating with other stakeholders in:
- improved shopfronts and signage, village clean-up and graffiti removal
- better safety and access, especially for people with special needs,
- increased promotion of the Village including a calendar of events
- the sponsoring of arts and heritage and tourism initiatives
Lower Gully Traders Association Inc.