General Manager of Development and Community Services Ian Seuren said Council had resolved at a March Special Council meeting to refer submissions received from the public exhibition of Amendment C97 – Colac 2050 Growth Plan to an independent panel for their consideration.
“The panel acknowledged Council’s extensive and innovative community engagement process in developing the Growth Plan, which included the Citizens’ Jury process. The report is now available for public viewing on Council’s website and concludes the Amendment C97 accurately translated the key directions of the Growth Plan with the recommendation the Amendment be adopted by Council with a number of suggested changes,” Mr Seuren said.
“The panel’s recommendations are in relation to a number of specific zone choices identified in the framework plan, particularly in relation to areas identified for housing near industrial land.
“Some recommended changes the panel report identified were to include land south of the Wyuna residential estate up to Florence/Friends Road as rural living or low density development, and to highlight the prioritisation of rezoning land west of Wyuna Estate as residential.
“The panel also recommended the Framework Plan include the development of a Precinct Plan for the Marriner Street area south of Flaxmill Road and also the area south of Flaxmill Road and in the Marriner Street precinct be classified as ‘Precinct Plan review area’ designation.
“This will create a plan to guide development next to the abattoir which explores suitable land uses that avoid conflict with important industrial operations,” Mr Seuren said.