LAKE Macquarie council has commenced the next phase of its planned overhaul of Toronto foreshore, calling on the community to provide input to the development of a master plan for the site.
About $9 million has been set aside for the transformation, which the council's property and business development manager, David Antcliff, said was the single biggest investment in the foreshore precinct's history.
He said the investment in the five-hectare site would ensure Toronto continued to be a desirable destination.
"Through a master plan shaped by community input, Toronto can continue to grow as a vibrant lifestyle destination with a new and improved foreshore area, more lake access and enhanced public open space and amenity," he said.
A series of workshops and pop-up sessions will be held in August to allow residents, businesses and visitors to share feedback on design principles and ideas for the area. Feedback will inform the development of a draft master plan.
"Council values community input and recognises that local knowledge is critical to the future management of the foreshore," Mr Antcliff said.
"This engagement builds on previous consultation and site analysis work, and the identified values of the foreshore including its unique character, history, aboriginal heritage and an accessible waterfront."
The foreshore was identified for improvement in the council's Toronto Development Contributions Plan.
The council has previously drawn criticism, including a petition, about a multi-storey mixed-use development it is planning on about 10 per cent of the foreshore.
Some opponents believe the project should have been included in the master plan process.