Residents invited to Rural Lands Strategy forum

30 July 2015

We're offering Splitters Creek and Table Top residents a further opportunity to have their say on the Draft Rural Lands Strategy for their area.

A community forum will be held on Monday 10 August, to allow residents to address Councillors directly on any issues or concerns they have with the draft strategy.

Council has already received a number of submissions requesting changes to the draft strategy and further consideration of development opportunities.

 Mayor, Kevin Mack, said that due to the complexity of the strategy and the high level of community interest, Council agreed to defer its adoption to give residents more time to present their cases.

Some of the specific issues raised in the submissions included:

  • Potential for more subdivision opportunities in Splitters Creek and Table Top with reduced minimum lot sizes;
  • Previous development potential under Hume Shire;
  • Requests to amend the E3 – Environmental Management Zone; and
  • Infrastructure impacts resulting from more intensive development.

"We're encouraging residents to take up the opportunity to address the Council by way of a five-minute presentation at the community forum," Cr Mack said.

Anyone wishing to present must register by 4pm on 6 August. Residents can register by contacting Council on 02 6023 8111.

Cr Mack said the draft strategy provided for a variety of lot sizes for future development and subdivision across predominantly rural areas of our city.

"We've done this draft strategy because we need to cater for future growth and the demand for rural residential-style living," he said.

"We need to balance development in these areas alongside a lot of other factors such as water supply, traffic safety, environmental needs and managing the risk of bushfires."

"We are a Council that continues to listen and act on issues where we believe there is sound argument and merit."

The Community Forum will commence at 6pm at the Council headquarters at 553 Kiewa Street.