'Urgent' need for Kilmore and Wandong-Heathcote Junction takes precedence.CHALPAT SONTI July 11, 2014 3:38am
A proposed structure plan for Seymour will be put on hold for seven months.
Mitchell Shire councillors voted on Monday night to delay starting work on the plan until a second one for Kilmore was completed first.
The change came about after council officers prepared a report saying that ‘‘major Victorian Government policy shifts’’ in the past six weeks, including recent approval of Plan Melbourne, represented a ‘‘policy seachange’’.
A structure plan for Kilmore, incorporating Wandong/Heathcote Junction, was needed with the ‘‘imminent identification’’ of a route for the Kilmore bypass.
There was already speculation and ad-hoc development in the town which the council could be powerless to stop unless a plan was in place.
While a structure plan for Seymour would help kickstart economic development ‘‘and underpin social sustainability’’, it could begin once the Kilmore/Wandong/Heathcote Junction work was underway.
The report also says the ‘‘status, form and funding’’ of the proposed Seymour levee bank should soon be resolved.
It had initially been forecast to begin work on a Seymour structure plan this month, but this would now not happen until February.
Cr Sue Marstaeller said it was important to get the Kilmore/Wandong/Heathcote Junction done soon, especially with natural gas coming to the area, even if Seymour was initially chosen to be done first.
Cr Rhonda Sanderson said it was ‘‘a fantastic thing’’ to get a structure plan begun for Seymour this financial year.
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