Mountain Bike Hub Planned for Warburton

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At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, Council will consider a Planning Scheme Amendment regarding the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project.

The amendment was advertised during the exhibition of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the project in 2022 and proposes to apply a Specific Controls Overlay (SCO16) to the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project land and use an Incorporated Document to facilitate the construction and operation of the project.

The amendment contains strict controls to ensure the project is delivered in accordance with the outcomes of the EES and that impacts to the environment, culture & heritage, and community are managed to an acceptable level.

Managing the project through these mechanisms will streamline the approval process that has been rigorously assessed through the EES process.

The EES process resulted in more than 2700 community submissions, all of which were considered through an Independent Advisory Committee. The Minister for Planning has provided an assessment of the Committee’s findings and recommendations, including support for the Planning Scheme Amendment.

Every facet of this project has been thoroughly assessed, in one of the most comprehensive studies into mountain biking ever undertaken, and we are looking forward to progressing this project.

If Council endorse the recommendation to request the Minister to prepare the Planning Scheme Amendment by using their powers of intervention under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, the amendment will then be sent to the Minister.

No final decision has been made by Council on this proposal, with discussion to take place from 7pm on Tuesday, 28 March.

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