Future City: We want to make Orange's CBD a place we can be proud of.

In a bold attempt to re-vitalise Orange’s Central Business District (CBD), the Future City project has evolved to take up a broader opportunity to encourage more people to come to the Orange CBD and spend more time there, to build a CBD the people of Orange can be proud of.

The Future City project is also about supporting current businesses and creating a CBD which will attract new investment.

After months of work by urban designers SJB, in consultation with members of the Orange community, Orange City Council assembled a three-year implementation plan.

It’s a huge plan, full of many bright and bold ideas.

To tackle 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 Future City research has shown that the Orange CBD has grown beyond its original footprint and now includes the old DPI building in Edward St, and

extends to the new (DPIE) government office on Anson St & Prince St as well as all the professional businesses, health businesses, aged care services and other business operators in-between.

We want to make sure that future development is organised so that our core retail and hospitality precincts around Summer St continue to be supported. We want to grow professional and community foot traffic during the week, and visitor and community foot traffic on the weekends.

Future City has come up with ways to redesign traffic and people movements (freight, passenger, cyclist and pedestrian) to ensure people can move around the city easily on foot, bikes and cars.

It will also look at what we need to do as a community to improve connections to public spaces across the wider city, and improve walking and cycle access from surrounding suburban areas.

Big-picture changes

As well as delivering key projects in specific locations, the Future City strategy will introduce ‘big-picture’ changes across the CBD.

This section of the site will outline and explain those changes.

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Projects

The 3-year Future City implementation plan, timetables a long list of projects to improve Orange’s CBD.

Year One

At the top of the CBD list scheduled to begin this financial year, work is expected to start on making inner city sections of Byng Street, Lords Place and McNamara Street more attractive and pedestrian friendly.

The Council has allocated $5 million for projects in the first year.

  • CBD Greening projects (including  community gardens, pavement gardens, vertical gardens, parklets, trellises)
  • Orange Public Art Program (including the commissioning of public art in the form of murals / graffiti art on blank façades of public and private buildings, sculptures and installations
  • Lighting (including extending Summer Street festoon lights to Hill Street rather than stopping at Anson Street.) Council working with key property owners to boost lighting of external building façades and light prominent trees.
  • Advanced modelling of traffic and pedestrian movement to investigate scrambled crossings at key Summer St intersections.
  • Upgrades to Matthews Park (including playground to connect with model train infrastructure)
  • Wayfinding, street furniture and painting upgrades
  • Parking review (development of a scheme to encourage CBD workers to park away from high turnover zones.)
  • Pop-up/Start-up Support (Council to develop strategies to encourage new start-up business to emerge such as subsidising rents or locating converted shipping containers in areas with passing trade to operate as short-term leases to new businesses)

A 4-tier program of business and retail support, including:

  • A system to ensure business have an entry level website.
  • This would be followed by further development of an online sales capability
  • Improvements to vacant CBD shop-fronts by adding appropriate heritage images
  • Council to provide technical guidance and financial assistance to property owners to reinstate and introduce awnings and verandahs along key public streets.

The 3-year timetable continues with a short-list of projects for years 2 and 3.

Year 2

  • Lords Place upgrade (between Summer and Kite Streets)
  • Upgrades to Robertson Park and McNamara Street (between Summer to Byng)
  • Upgrade Lords Place (between Kite and Moulder Streets)
  • March Street rail level crossing
  • Anson Street upgrade
  • Upgrades to Byng Street (between Lords Place and to McNamara St) and Lords Place (between Byng St and Summer St) to continue

Year 3

  • Multi-level car park
  • Upgrades to Lords Place (Kite to Moulder Streets)
  • Summer Street Plan (In recognition of the complexity of upgrades to Summer Street as State Highway, the Council will work with Transport for NSW to develop plans for a renewal of Sumer Street.

Major Summer Street changes would consider:

  • Work with TfNSW to investigate the potential of reducing the carriageway from four travel lanes to two 3.5m lanes
  • New footpath paving materials
  • New street furniture
  • Additional pedestrian and dining spaces
  • Relocation of bus stops to north—south side streets
  • Investigation of additional pedestrian crossings

Vision

The vision for Orange’s CBD transformation is to create a place in the region for the next generation where the community and businesses will thrive. The expectation is for a CBD full of services, shops, open space, innovative businesses and cultural/recreation spaces. It will support a contemporary, intelligently-enabled, growing city that respects its history, heritage, environment and visual identity. It will be a place where all residents and visitors can move safely and efficiently through the city.

To achieve this vision Council has appointed SJB Urban Planning to lead the community and business consultations, and develop a master plan.  You can find examples of their work here.

 

 

The process so far:

Urban design firm SJB consultants were engaged by Orange City Council in late 2018 to undertake a review and master planning exercise for the Orange CBD.

The scope was broad and ambitious covering a range of disciplines from urban design, traffic and transport planning, engineering, land use and a variety of community initiatives.

SJB, in conjunction with Council staff, undertook a range of community engagement initiatives including the formation of a Community Reference Group (CRG) of over 30 members from a wide cross section of Orange. The key role of the CRG was to review and comment on progress as each stage of the project was delivered.

A draft Future City Planning and Design Framework/Strategy which included an economic component, a heritage component, traffic and movement component was on exhibition for community comment. It attracted feedback and community submissions.

An implementation plan has short-listed a number of key projects and placed them in a three year timetable for delivery.

The Council has put aside $10 million to fund the first two years of the implementation plan.

Future CityNews
April 15, 2021

FutureCity construction project awarded to local firm

Orange City Council has awarded the contract to deliver a major upgrade of Lords Place and Byng St to a locally-owned construction company. (more…)
Future CityNews
April 12, 2021

Robertson Park hosts outdoor cinema screening of classic film E.T.

Enjoy an evening under the stars when Orange City Council’s Future Flix outdoor cinema event is held in Robertson Park on Friday 16 April. (more…)
Mcnamara Street with bollards indicating work has startedFuture CityNews
March 18, 2021

Future City construction begins in McNamara Street

Work has begun on the Future City upgrade of McNamara Street and is planned to be completed towards the end of the financial year. (more…)
Future CityNews
March 3, 2021

Tuesday March 2, 2021 Council meeting

What happened at Tuesday night's (2/3/21) Orange City Council meeting. (more…)
Future CityNewsParking
February 23, 2021

Taxi rank to move to new Summer St location

Putting two elements of Orange’s public transport hubs in the same location and an increase in parking, are the reasons behind a proposal to move the Robertson Park taxi rank…
Future CityNews
February 19, 2021

Explainer: Changes floated for Lords Place Byng St roundabout

Orange City Council’s Future City plan aims to encourage people to spend more time living and working in the central business district by making it more ‘walkable’. (more…)
Future CityNews
February 19, 2021

Future City plans for Lords Place/Byng Street unveiled

Plans to upgrade sections of two key inner city streets of Orange are now on display for community comment. (more…)
Future CityNews
February 18, 2021

Trees to feature in McNamara Street facelift

The planting of twenty new trees in McNamara St (between Summer and Kite St) is set to be highlight of Orange City Council’s latest element of the Future City CBD…
Future CityNews
February 18, 2021

Future dates announced for Future Tunes

Future Tunes will continue with another two confirmed dates, the first showcasing the city’s young people. (more…)
Future CityNews
January 22, 2021

Future City funding for building frontage upgrades available now

Orange City Council is supporting the retail industry by offering grants of $5,000 to upgrade building frontages or reinstate heritage items on CBD properties. (more…)
Future CityNewstrees
December 16, 2020

More work to do on Anson St plans

Design-work is set to continue on plans to upgrade Anson Street. As work continues in the new year, Council staff will be looking at plans to retain the block’s existing…
Future CityNews
December 1, 2020

Council outlines plans for Anson St mall

Orange City Council has updated residents attending community forum events last week, with the latest information about ongoing planning to create a new pedestrian mall in Anson Street between Kite…
Future CityNews
November 30, 2020

Christmas has come to the Orange CBD

It’s looking a lot like Christmas around the Orange Central Business District. (more…)
Future CityNews
November 23, 2020

Community welcome to Future City forums

Everyone is invited to come along to the Council Chambers this week to learn about and ask questions on Council’s Future City plans. (more…)
Future CityGalleryNews
November 12, 2020

Call-out for artists for the Future City CBD

Orange City Council’s Future City project is about encouraging visitors to the CBD with a range of methods, one of those being installing public art across the area. (more…)
Future CityNews
November 12, 2020

Future Tunes line-up is revealed

The first six acts for the first three Future Tunes gigs have been announced with the first show just over two weeks away. (more…)
Future CityHeritageNews
November 10, 2020

New photographic banner captures image of CWA spirit

A newly unveiled image on the wall of the Orange CWA hall has revealed a day from the association’s past when the CWA's efforts helped keep local local babies alive.…
Activate OrangeBusinessFuture CityNewsRoads
November 4, 2020

Council asks community about 40km/h zone in the CBD

Orange City Council has asked the community what it thinks about whether the Central Business District (CBD) should have a 40km/h speed limit. (more…)
Future CityNews
November 2, 2020

Brighter footpath lighting turns on in Summer St

The $1.5 million Future City ‘Whiteway’ project, an upgrade of footpath lighting in Summer Street, has been turned on for the first time. (more…)
Activate OrangeFuture CityNews
October 29, 2020

Spend the afternoons at Future Tunes

Orange musicians are encouraged to put their hand up to be considered for a paid gig in Robertson Park, as part of Council’s Future City Plans. (more…)
FootpathsFuture CityNews
October 23, 2020

First stage of Whiteway lighting project in Anson St ready to turn on

Orange residents and visitors can feel safer when moving in between the CBD and Prince St with the installation of upgraded footpath lighting along Anson Street. (more…)
Future City
October 20, 2020

Greening the city centre enhances experience for community

With four distinct seasons and an abundance of street trees, parks and private gardens, it is not difficult to see why Orange is renowned for its beautiful green spaces. (more…)
Future CityNews
October 7, 2020

Orange’s heritage plays key role in Future City

Orange City Council is drawing on the city’s history to enhance the central business district (CBD) as part of its Future City plan. (more…)
Macnamara St conceptFuture CityMedia ReleasesNews
October 6, 2020

Future City in the present as work begins on infrastructure projects

The first shovel will soon be in the ground for one of the Future City major projects as work gets started on the McNamara Lane precinct next month. (more…)
Activate OrangeFuture City
September 30, 2020

Scramble crossings proposed for major intersections

Orange City Council plans to install several ‘scramble crossings’ in the central business district as part of the Future City project.  (more…)
Activate OrangeFuture CityMedia ReleasesNews
September 21, 2020

Orange City Council staff work with businesses along Anson Street as pedestrian mall comes to life

A major upgrade of one of the main corridors of Orange’s CBD is set to transform a section of the existing roadway of Anson Street into a new pedestrian mall…
Future City
September 18, 2020

Local business gets Future City boost

Future City is about more than bricks-and-mortar upgrades to our Central Business District (CBD). (more…)
Future City
September 1, 2020

Future City plan drives proposal for nose-in parking

Rethinking the way Orange drivers use their cars is central to the Future City plan to transform the centre of Orange into a more walkable precinct. (more…)
Future CityUncategorized
August 31, 2020

Making our inner city more walkable

One of the main objectives of Future City is to make Orange’s CBD more walkable. But why? (more…)
Future CityMedia ReleasesNews
August 28, 2020

Mountain bike track plan proposal reaches next milestone

The plan to build a network of mountain bike trails on Mount Canobolas has reached a new milestone. Orange City Council today put the project for an environmental assessment and…
Future CityNewsUncategorized
August 28, 2020

Council to fire the starting gun on Future City plans to transform Orange’s CBD

The next step in an ambitious five-year plan to transform the centre of Orange will be up for discussion when the Future City implementation plan is discussed by Orange City…
FootpathsFuture CityNews
July 31, 2020

CBD lighting upgrade set to improve safety and save money

Footpath lighting upgrades in the central business district are on track to improve safety for pedestrians and save Orange City Council thousands of dollars in running costs. (more…)
PlansFuture CityNew DAsNews
June 3, 2020

Sydney investors bet big on Orange

The Orange community will shortly welcome the city’s newest main street hotel development with a commercial value of over $35 million to the local economy. (more…)
Orange could have boutique micro-breweries and small-scale food manufacturers in and around the CBD if proposed changes get the green light.Activate OrangeBusinessFuture CityNews
March 4, 2019

Community Reference Group’s 1st meeting with urban designers

A group of Orange residents who volunteered to help shaping the direction of the FutureCity CBD upgrade have held their first meeting with urban designers. (more…)
Activate OrangeBusinessFuture CityNews
February 1, 2019

Urban designers start preliminary work on Orange CBD upgrade

Appointed to come up with great ideas for Orange's CBD upgrade, Future City, urban designers SJB started work by meeting with councillors and members of the local business community. (VIDEO).…
Activate OrangeFuture CityNews
January 31, 2019

Be part of making Orange FutureCity a reality

The future of Orange’s central business district is happening now. (more…)
Activate OrangeFuture CityNews
December 20, 2018

Future City Orange

Detailed design work on the heart of the city will begin after Orange City Council awarded a contract to plan the framework of its major CBD upgrade, known as FutureCity. (more…)
Welcome to OC Future CityFuture CityNews
August 31, 2018

Jobs, parking boost : highlight of OC Future City transformation plans

A series of proposals designed to boost jobs growth while transforming Orange’s CBD are being floated by Orange City Council. (more…)

The Your Say Orange site is where you can stay in touch with major new projects, and have your say about Orange’s future. Individual Future City projects are open to community comment on YourSay before they are implemented. There are currently no projects in the community consultation phase however past projects can still be viewed by clicking below.

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Current funding opportunities

Future City Assistance Fund (building upgrades)
Orange City Council is supporting the retail industry by offering grants of $5,000 to upgrade building frontages or reinstate heritage items on CBD properties. The funding, part of Council’s Future City plans, is designed to showcase the city’s beautiful buildings, enhance the CBD , support retail and give a boost to local tradespeople.

Future City Assistance Fund GuidelinesFuture City Assistance Fund Application Form

Digital Business Project

Create a vibrant, online presence for your business with help from Orange City Council and Central NSW Business HQ. Council wants to help all businesses in the central business district (CBD) take advantage of the opportunities online shopping provides. Central NSW Business HQ and Council will work with you to create a functional, modern website, with the option to include facilities to enable you to sell products online. Central NSW Business HQ will also help CBD businesses set up a Google My Business page, making it much easier for customers to find your business.

We’re offering you a free website with;
1. Home page
2. About us page
3. Contact us page
4. Listing of the products or services.

There is also an option to include ‘e-commerce’ facilities allowing your customers to buy directly from your business website. Local website designers, photographers and content writers will help you create your own website that you will be able to update and manage yourself once it’s
established.

This base level of service is provided to you by Orange City Council, at no cost to you. If this sounds like something you think your business could benefit from, please call Council’s Manager Business Development Sharon D’Elboux on 02 6393 8211 or email sdelboux@orange.nsw.gov.au

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