Opposition has emerged to a proposed rezoning of farm land to residential at a property near Nagambie.JENNA BISHOP July 16, 2014 3:34am
Opposition to an application to rezone a farm property near Nagambie has been aired at an independent planning tribunal this week.
Property owner Box Grove Pastoral has applied to Strathbogie Shire Council for permission to rezone the property to become a low-density residential zone, paving the way for housing development.
The property backs on to the Goulburn River and Lobbs Lane, which connects Nagambie with Kirwans Bridge.
The plan has residents concerned because the proposal could allow housing to leapfrog over an existing farming property and is not right next to housing at the northern edge of town.
The matter was referred to Planning Panels Victoria, which had a hearing at Nagambie on Monday about the issue.
The council sustainable development manager Emma Kubeil said submissions were heard from the council, Box Grove Pastoral and affiliates and two submitters.
‘‘It is proposed to rezone land from the farming zone to the low-density residential zone. It is proposed that this site would have the capacity of no more than 200 dwellings,’’ Ms Kubeil said.
Objector Alan McLean questioned whether the area needed more housing developments.
‘‘I am not opposed to development per se, but my concern relates to the lack of demonstrated need for more small houseblocks near a town which already has significant housing subdivisions being taken up only slowly,’’ he said.
‘‘I am also concerned to see plans which would limit public access along the waterways and which could compromise the native trees on Box Grove.’’
Lobbs Lane resident Martin Hartnett said the proposed development would mean a loss of the area’s picturesque status and possible damage to the river precinct and river itself.
‘‘The traffic could go from 150 cars a day to 1500 a day if it goes ahead,’’ he said.
‘‘It will destroy Nagambie’s beauty, if they turn it into a residential zone it will be very upsetting.’’
Mr Hartnett said the potential development could also have an adverse effect on the region’s brolga population, a threatened bird species.
‘‘The brolgas have been here for 20 years and they stay in their zone for life,’’ he said.
‘‘It would destroy their habitat and shouldn’t we be protecting them?’’
Ms Kubeil said planning panels member Michael Kirsh would prepare a report for the council, which was likely to be received within four weeks.
The council then has eight weeks to consider his report.
If it decides to rezone the land, the council will then take the matter to Victorian Planning Minister Michael Guy, who has the final decision.
Emergency services are at the scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy near Pine Lodge.
After building his form in a consistent effort during the past 12 months, Mulwala double trap shooter James Willett has staked his claim on possible Olympic gold after taking out the ISSF World Cup last week.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Breanna Hawken was living the perfect dream but within weeks of the birth of her second child would discover death was stalking her. She tells her dramatic, moving and uplifting story to IVY WISE
CAMPASPE V/Line passengers are calling for faster train speeds between Echuca and Bendigo.
Lions Club charity money was stolen from a Kyabram barbershop Tuesday morning.
Seymour suffers disappointing loss to Euroa
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
A week after winning a prestigious Rotary award, Cobram resident Keith Parry still can’t wipe the smile off his face.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.