VICTORIA'S planning minister will consider a new plan likely to shape Golden Square's future for decades to come, including potentially reopening the suburb's train station.
The City of Greater Bendigo has asked the minister to exhibit planning scheme amendments for an extensive series of projects including a Golden Square structure plan, a background report, a urban design framework and a heritage study.
The structure plan could transform the suburb over time and outlines buildings and areas needing heritage protection, new spaces for community events, shop-top apartments
The plan could also pave the way for two or three-storey townhouses on undeveloped land overlooking Bendigo Creek and help reopen the Golden Square train station.
The station would be located east of the former station between Maple and Laurel Streets, and have strong connections to the town centre.
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said Golden Square was uniquely placed within urban Bendigo, with a mix of attributes and huge potential.
"The vision is for Golden Square to become a vibrant town centre with a mix of retail and commercial activities and high-density housing," she said.
"To support this, the City will continue to advocate for reopening the train station, together with seeking funding for improved walking and cycling connections between the town centre, Bendigo Creek and Golden Gully Creek, which would help to unlock and renew underutilised land."
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