Mount Isa City Council is developing masterplan for the Mount Isa CBD, with consultation to begin in the coming weeks.
They have engaged Tract Consultants, which is also conducting stakeholder engagement for the proposed Centennial Place site in Miles St, to develop the plan, which will feature a vision and branding strategy for the CBD, and cover wayfinding signage, decorative lighting, pathways and pedestrian access, public art, streetscape enhancement, community and toilet facilities, and heritage and facades.
Tract representatives will return to Mount Isa later this month to engage with business stakeholders, sector leaders and Council officers.
Mayor Danielle Slade is encouraging businesses to provide feedback once the masterplan is released.
"We really want people to go through the masterplan and have their say, because this feedback will be really helpful in fine-tuning the final version of the masterplan," Cr Slade said.
"A masterplan is a really useful document to have, as it assists with future developments and the application process for any associated funding opportunities, particularly when there are shovel-ready projects available."
Cr Slade said she anticipated the plan would be presented to council late this year or in early 2022.
"This document will look at ways to draw out the key strengths of the CBD, determine and recommend a streetscape that will increase the time residents and visitors alike spend in the CBD - thereby increasing employment, liveability and safety - and ways to lift the amenity and aesthetics of the CBD, which will support future investment in the retail and accommodation sectors," she said.
"Tract are also moving forward with creating concept designs for the empty site in the CBD that we're hoping to turn into Centennial Place, so they will be taking that into consideration when they come back to us."
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