Wonthaggi,
07
June
2013
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04:43
Australia/Melbourne

Council to Consider Draft Rural Land Use Strategy

Summary

After 11 consultation sessions and 200 submissions received, Council will be considering the Draft Rural Land Use Strategy at its monthly meeting on 19 June.

The Draft Rural Land Use Strategy has been on exhibition for over a month, with over 2,500 letters sent to land owners in the Farming Zone.

Council will be considering the Draft Rural Land Use Strategy at the next Council meeting to be held on 19 June 2013.

The Draft Rural Land Use Strategy has been on exhibition for over a month, with over 2,500 letters sent to land owners in the Farming Zone.

Council staff and the consultants RM Consulting Group have spoken to over 197 people at information sessions held at 11 locations throughout the municipality.

To date Council has received 200 submissions. These submissions have raised a number of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Support for the Strategy from farmers and industry groups
  • Concerns regarding minimum lot sizes
  • How to deal with small lots (less than 8 hectares) in the Farm Zone
  • Concern regarding minimum lot size of 250 hectares as the trigger to require a planning permit for a dwelling. This proposed change will impact on approximately 10 per cent of the Farming Zone land holdings.
  • Request for additional land to be recommended for the Rural Activity Zone (RAZ), to support tourism activities and economic development

Submissions are being reviewed and will assist in the finalisation of the Draft Strategy.

A Rural Land Use Strategy will provide greater certainty and clarity around the purpose of the Farming Zone and the future of agriculture in our municipality.

If the Strategy is adopted there is still a significant amount of work that needs to be undertaken to implement the recommendations into the Bass Coast Planning Scheme. This will include further consultation and engagement.

For further information please contact Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).