To address its emerging role as the service capital of Central NSW, and a major tourism destination, the city needs to change in order to accommodate increased traffic, people and jobs.
The FutureCity strategy also acknowledges that the Orange CBD has grown beyond its original footprint and now incorporates the old DPI building in Edward St, and extends to incorporate the new DPI build on Anson St as well as all the professional businesses, health businesses, aged care services and other business operators in-between.
The FutureCity project embraces a fundamental change in the scope and neighbourhoods of the inner-city CBD. As the city has grown, there is a need to think about how to integrate the different ‘employment precincts’ that have emerged such as :
- the financial and professional services precinct around Robertson Park,
- the Health and Education Employment precinct between Byng St and Dalton St, and
- the new DPI building on Dalton St.
We need to ensure that future development is orderly and organised so that our core retail and hospitality precincts around Summer St continue to be supported to grow through increased professional and community foot traffic during the week, and visitor and community foot traffic on the weekends.