proposal to rezone farming land in Leopold for a new residential development
has been adopted by City of Greater Geelong Council, following a recommendation
from an independent panel of planning experts.
amendment will result in five farming properties on Ash Road in Leopold being
rezoned to General Residential Zone 1, with an accompanying Design and
of the larger properties will be subdivided into approximately 206 residential
September 2021, Council requested that all 29 public submissions on the
planning amendment and permit be considered by an Independent Panel appointed
by the Minister for Planning.
submissions related to storm water, impacts on Lake Connewarre, impacts on the
surrounding area, and the extent and form of the residential development.
were given the opportunity to be heard by an independent panel of experts
during a three-day hearing in November 2021.
independent panel found the development was consistent with the 2013 Leopold
Structure Plan, which supports urban growth across the south east area of
Leopold between Ash Road and Mollers Lane.
panel recommended that Council adopt a planning permit and the amendment with
one change to the Design and Development Overlay.
Mayor Trent Sullivan
A robust and transparent planning process is
important for significant planning decisions on the Bellarine.
was an open and accountable process to ensure everyone’s views could be heard.
appreciate everyone’s feedback and the time taken by the independent panel to
consider all the issues raised.
Councillor Jim Mason AM
A Section 173 Agreement requires the developers to
deliver social and affordable housing on site, adjacent to the proposed
one-hectare park along Ash Road.
Developers are required to make a contribution to community infrastructure
projects within Leopold.
of the public were given the opportunity to provide feedback from Thursday 27
May to Monday 28 June 2021.
More information on the proposal is available here:
Amendment C391ggee - Ash Road (East),Leopold | Have Your Say (geelongaustralia.com.au)