Decision on proposed rezoning in Drysdale deferred

Council has decided to defer a decision on the proposed rezoning
of Central Road properties in Drysdale to a later date, to allow for more time
to consider the amendment.

Amendment C363 proposes to rezone land from rural living to residential, to make way for the
development of more than 500 dwellings.

During
the public exhibition process, the City received 71 submissions.

Forty
submissions from local residents and Bellarine community groups, as well as
from two affected land owners, did not support the amendment. There were also
21 objections from Marsh Court residents about the proposed Marsh Court Road
connection to the new residential estate.

The
City received generally supportive submissions from six affected land owners,
including the proponent, Bellarine Springs Retirement Village and owners on the
east side of Central Road with development interests.

Community
members raised concerns about the amendment being contrary to the town’s
character and planning policy, the proposed road connection to Marsh Court and
a broad range of matters such as environmental features, population growth and
traffic.

Council
has the option to make changes to the amendment, refer the submissions to an
independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning or abandon the
amendment.

Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor

Council
appreciates the affected land owners, community members and organisations
taking the time to give feedback on the amendment.

Council needs
more time to fully consider the amendment, before making a decision.

Councillor Trent Sullivan – Chair, Planning portfolio

Council
takes the submissions from community members very seriously and as such, wants
more time to consider the amendment.

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