What does the future of Granville look like for you?

Imagine Granville provides a chance for the local community to have their say on the future of Granville and help Council develop a master plan for a proposed community square!

The community's vision will help inform Council's long-term upgrade and improvement plan.

So, how do you 'Imagine Granville'?

We have created three fun activities for the community to participate in:

  • Take the survey and go in the draw to win one of five (5) x $50 AT PARRAMATTA Gift Vouchers!
  • Register for a focus group
  • Participate in the Granville Square Think Tank

OR DO ALL THREE!

Get involved and have your say before 5:00PM on Wednesday 21 April 2021.

Activity 1 - Take the Survey

Take this 5-minute survey to review Granville and chat town square!

Activity 2 - Focus Groups

Want to chat more? Register your interest to participate in one of our focus groups!

Activity 3 - Granville Square Think Tank

Post your ideas for a Granville community square!

Frequently Asked Questions

Place Plans help to articulate the character of an area, its history, heritage and natural assets, its economic, environmental, social and aesthetic aspirations. The plans summarise and prioritise the local needs of an area (suburb/precinct) to ensure that a place is sustainable and thriving into the future These may include but are not limited to:

  • infrastructure requirements,
  • quality and type of amenities,
  • retail mix and,
  • open space requirements.

Place Plans are living documents, informed by community consultation, research, data analysis, and the City of Parramatta’s strategic documents, along with other State and Regional Plans. It sets out objectives and determines actionable items for the area.

Place plans differ from conventional planning instruments such as zoning maps because they incorporate multi-disciplinary backgrounds and interests. They also consolidate a variety of hard (buildings, roads) and soft infrastructure (services), short term and long-term actions to determine the vision for a Place.

A master plan usually focuses on a much smaller area, such as a park, and provides a concept plan for an upgrade to the site. It often provides estimate costings, and community consultation results around the specific upgrade. A Place Plan might have an action such as ‘to deliver a community facility in Granville’ and a master plan would be used to design the community facility.

Place Plans provide strategic guidance to Council when making decisions that affect a current or future community. Place Plans will provide background analysis to inform a future vision and to guide decision making. It helps prioritise actions to better manage resources and funding, and enables Council to provide a coordinated response.

Place Plans begin with; gathering existing data such as demographic and economic data, along with community consultation data, landmark mapping, investigations into the history and heritage, and consideration of broader Council strategies and documents. This ultimately results in being able to build the current character for a Place, a future vision, and an actions list to achieve that vision.

Council is currently testing this Place Plan to see if we have got it right. Tell us about your vision of the future of Granville and review the Draft Place Plan for Granville on this page.

The Imagine Granville feedback will help to inform the actions list of the Place Plan. Through people providing their project ideas and the rest of the community being able to provide feedback on those ideas, we will be able to get a sense of what projects would be most needed in the Granville area.

This project will provide the community in Granville with much needed open space and a place for people to meet, host activities and market stalls, sit and relax to have a coffee or lunch. The Square will be similar to Parramatta’s Centenary Square and Parramatta Square, which are easily accessible from the train station, and provide a highly identifiable space within the city centre.

The growing Granville community would benefit from increased community space, which can be used for a variety of events and activities. This multifunctional public space will increase social interaction, lead to higher levels of mental wellbeing and improve community cohesion.

It would provide an inviting shared space for events and activities, providing a multifunctional space to encourage a sense of community and cultural identity. The increased foot traffic to the site and the open space plan will assist in making the area ‘feel’ safer’ (with CPTED principles – Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) underpinning all of Councils design work.

This proposed public space will be transformational to the Granville community including the people commuting to work, living nearby and the local businesses along Good and Bridge Streets.

March 2021 – Community Consultation – round 1

April 2021 – Designers review feedback and review design

May 2021 – Public exhibition of masterplan – round 2

June/July 2021 – Council adoption of masterplan

Assuming the masterplan is adopted we anticipate the timeline to be:

August 2021 – June 2022 – Detailed Design

July 2022 – Sept 2022 – Procurement

Oct 2022 – Potentially staged construction

Council is very aware of parking concerns in Granville and further investigations into alternative parking options are still required before Council can move forward with the Master Plan.

The current design does show a loss of parking with the Council commuter car park proposed for a much needed public domain and open space. To offset the potential parking lost in this project, Council is endeavouring to find alternate public parking options near the train station.

Further investigations into alternative parking options are still required. There will also be other preliminary investigations works required including:

• Geotechnical investigations to obtain information on the physical properties of the ground

o to assess suitability of materials for construction and,

o to allow accurate design of earthworks and foundations.

• Soil sampling and testing to determine the presence of any ground contamination and guide any required remediation works to ensure the site is safe for public use.

• Underground Services Mapping to obtain information on multiple underground services within the site to help guide design decisions.

• Vehicular Traffic Flow and Movement Investigations to ensure proposed works do not affect surrounding traffic flow.

• Review of Environmental Factors to assess and identify any heritage, environmental, archaeological or First Nations site factors, mitigations for this along with opportunities and constraints.