Growth land on the map

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 20-Jul-2017

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MORE than 2200 hectares of land within Bendigo’s urban growth boundary has been earmarked as candidate land to be rezoned for infill residential
development.

City of Greater Bendigo strategic planning coordinator Andrew Cockerall has released for public comment the list of sites.

He will hold a listening post at the Bendigo library on Tuesday, July 25 between 4pm and 7pm to gather feedback from residents.

The sites in questions are zoned as low density residential or farming land.

“The purpose of the review was to assess whether the land might be suitable for conventional residential development,” Mr Cockerall said.

The review lists 959 properties listed as either short-, medium- and long-term priorities for further work.

“In the majority of cases further work would need to be undertaken to determine whether a rezoning is appropriate and the developable potential of each site,” the document notes.

Other land has been ruled out for future development for reasons including high bushfire risk, proximity to old mining land, limited access or because it contains significant remnant vegetation.

Land in Golden Gully, and in Kangaroo Flat north of Furness Street and south of Ham Street fits into the latter category.

However, the review identifies as a short-term investigation priority land in Epsom on Allen Street to Jones Road, from 74 to 94 Goynes Road, from 114 Goynes Road to 47A Howard Street and two more parcels of land, one on Howard Street and another on Rosemundy Road.

In Strathdale, 6.2 hectares of land west of Pratts Park Road has also been listed as a short term priority for investigation.

Long term prospects are in Huntly, at Kangaroo Flat south which is outside of the urban growth boundary, and Kronk Street in Golden Square.

The former Eaglehawk Golf Club site also remains a long-term priority for the council, which would allow time to build infrastructure including a mooted railway station in the area.

This review comes after the council adopted the Greater Bendigo Residential Strategy in 2014, a key strategy of which was to identify infill sites within the urban growth boundary.

Copies of the review report can be accessed at council’s Lyttleton Terrace and Hopetoun Mill offices, or from www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/housingstrategy.

The council requires public comments in writing and can be emailed to rsdenquiries@bendigo.vic.gov.au by August 4.

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