The City of Whittlesea is seeking feedback for a drafted proposal of new nature strip garden guidelines.
The proposed changes have been open for community input since late June.
The draft guidelines aim to support the creation of more liveable neighbourhoods while taking safety into account.
With the aim of empowering residents to actively shape their surroundings, the updated guidelines offer greater opportunities to modify nature strips adjacent to homes.
The guidelines provide clarity on what modifications can be made striking a balance between greenery and the safety of road users and pedestrians.
Under the proposed changes, residents would be able to plant shrubs and edible crops, while limiting the use of materials that can have detrimental environmental impacts such as artificial turf.
Feedback from previous consultations with the community and benchmarking with other councils across Victoria has been used to develop the draft of the new guidelines.
The draft guidelines can be viewed online at engage.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/naturestrip with consultation continuing until August 13.
All feedback will be considered before the guidelines are finalised and it is anticipated that the new guidelines will come into effect on October 1, 2023.