An updated draft design for the Gunnedah cultural precinct is set to be considered next month.
Work on the design for the proposed precinct has been proceeding in the background for quite some time, having been put on the back burner due to COVID-19.
A Gunnedah Shire Council spokesperson said the design work was being done "in conjunction with a full structural report on the precinct which was completed just ahead of the November council meeting".
"The report is an important part of planning, and needs thorough consideration in the design," the spokesperson said.
"It is anticipated the draft design will go to the December council meeting for consideration."
It comes after the original design faced some backlash from locals earlier this year who believe that aspects had "many problems".
Gunnedah and District Historical Society's Marie Hobson wants to see the Visitor Information Centre moved back to Anzac Park and Gunnedah cultural precinct advisory group member, Marg Amos, wonders why the library needs to move.
After the controversy and two presentations at the February ordinary meeting, councillors voted to defer adopting the draft master plan so further consultation could be carried out with the advisory group and other community stakeholders.
The original unfunded plan, worth more than $13 million, include the demolition of the Smithurst Theatre to make way for a new double-storey library, multi-purpose community spaces, second cinema, courtyard and a new visitor information centre.
Key focuses included creating community spaces for everyone; supporting cultural activity; constructing buildings that are both economical and sustainable; and introducing architecture that ties old and new together.