Decision on proposed rezoning in Drysdale deferred

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Council has decided to defer a decision on the proposed rezoning of Central Road properties in Drysdale to a later date, to allow for more time to consider the amendment.

Amendment C363 proposes to rezone land from rural living to residential, to make way for the development of more than 500 dwellings.

During the public exhibition process, the City received 71 submissions.

Forty submissions from local residents and Bellarine community groups, as well as from two affected land owners, did not support the amendment. There were also 21 objections from Marsh Court residents about the proposed Marsh Court Road connection to the new residential estate.

The City received generally supportive submissions from six affected land owners, including the proponent, Bellarine Springs Retirement Village and owners on the east side of Central Road with development interests.

Community members raised concerns about the amendment being contrary to the town’s character and planning policy, the proposed road connection to Marsh Court and a broad range of matters such as environmental features, population growth and traffic.

Council has the option to make changes to the amendment, refer the submissions to an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning or abandon the amendment.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

Council appreciates the affected land owners, community members and organisations taking the time to give feedback on the amendment.

Council needs more time to fully consider the amendment, before making a decision.

Councillor Trent Sullivan - Chair, Planning portfolio

Council takes the submissions from community members very seriously and as such, wants more time to consider the amendment.

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