Saturday, 31 December 2011

VIC NEWS Geelong Battlefield new Zoning Bellarine coast

Battlefield looms on coastal playground

Simon Johanson
December 31, 2011
Development potential: a sea of housing is spreading across idyllic Torquay. Development potential: a sea of housing is spreading across idyllic Torquay. Photo: Drew Ryan

A NEW suburban frontier is set to engulf once-sleepy holiday towns on the Bellarine coast.

In rezoned farm paddocks on the road to Torquay, a transformation is under way that began late in 2008 when the first section of Geelong's ring road was unveiled.

As each new section of the road opens - the Waurn Ponds overpass to Anglesea was finished last month - the trip times to and from Melbourne's coastal playground get shorter.
Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder said the commissioning of the new, $125 million Section 4A brings the 30 year vision of replacing the Princes Highway which runs through the heart of Geelong – the State's second biggest city – with a freeway standard road around it is closer than ever before to being fulfilled. source :

''Essentially you can drive from Torquay to Crown Casino [in little more than an hour] without a set of traffic lights,'' said Peter Dorling executive director of the Committee for Geelong.
''It's a classic case of infrastructure-led development,'' he said.

''We always knew that once we completed the ring road Geelong's population would grow.''

Geelong has shaken off the dog days when it was viewed as an industrial graveyard.

''We've got everything in place, a port, an airport, environment, great education and health,'' Mr Dorling said. ''We are ready to take our share of Australia's population growth.''

Developers have moved to capitalise on the freeway's expansion and new arrivals.

''Vibrant City of Geelong meets all the relaxed pleasures of the Surf Coast,'' reads the sales pitch for Warralily Estate in Geelong's newest suburb, Armstrong Creek.

The ambitious Caroline Springs-like estate on the southern edge of Victoria's second largest city will house 60,000 people, more than a quarter of the region's projected 40-year population increase.

So far, 500 homes have been sold. The first is expected to begin construction this month, a precursor to another 22,000 dwellings with businesses, schools, retail spaces, parks and other amenities.

Once complete, it will stretch from Geelong to within eight kilometres of Torquay's coast.

For ex-Rip Curl executive and surfer Grant Forbes, who settled in Torquay in 1975, the beachside town's charm is being eroded by the influx of people and rampant development.

''It's going to be a different world when you get 60,000 people saying this is their local beach, rather than 10,000,'' Mr Forbes said.

''There's definitely a sense that people want to slow the development.''

In July, a community backlash forced the Baillieu government to drop plans to rezone hundreds of hectares of farmland for new housing on Torquay's outskirts at Spring Creek.

Growth rates of up to 6 per cent over the past 10 years on the Surf Coast have created friction, said Speak Up for Spring Creek campaigner David Bell.

''You do that to any community, it destroys it,'' he said.

''It can't handle that many people coming in. Not only does the infrastructure not keep pace, but the social interactions start to fall apart, you get an us-and-them mentality developing.''

But it would be ''wrong to stereotype that view across the whole Geelong region'', said Elaine Carbines, chief executive of G21 Regional Alliance,

a body set up by five local governments to plan for the next 40 years of growth. G21's draft plan mapping the region's growth is set to be released in April.

The pent-up demand for coastal land was evident last November when 48 blocks ranging in price from $140,000 to $214,000 sold in Ocean Grove in a day.

Another 5072 lots were available in Ocean Grove, while Point Lonsdale had 864, said Geelong mayor John Mitchell.

''These towns need to grow but they need to keep their ambience,'' he said.

''We intend to maintain our green wedges so it doesn't become a sea of houses from Leopold to Bellarine Peninsula.''

More Housing Development needs to be stimulated by the North West Rail
who are they

The Urban Taskforce is a non-profit organisation representing Australia's most prominent property developers and equity financiers. We provide a forum for people involved in the development and planning of the urban environment to engage in constructive dialogue with both government and the community.

The activities of the Urban Taskforce are overseen by an Executive Committee elected by the Taskforce's membership. The committee includes some of Australia's leading property developers.

More Housing Development needs to be stimulated by the North West Rail

12 December 2011

While supporting the governments announcement about the addition of two extra stations to the North West Rail Line the Urban Taskforce is calling for more opportunities for new housing to be built around stations.

"The investment of so much money on infrastructure must be used as a stimulus for new housing around stations and along the line." said Urban Taskforce Chief Executive Chris Johnson.

"Sydney is only building half the number of houses it needs each year as it is becoming increasingly difficult to find appropriate land near existing transport nodes. We must grasp the opportunity of any new rail development to ensure that new housing, particularly in the more urban form of town houses and apartments, is incorporated into major infrastructure projects."

"The extra two stations is good news, as is the fact that the project is moving towards planning approval but we need an integration between transport planning and housing planning to make the transport viable and to get new housing built.

"Every billion dollars of transport infrastructure expenditure should aim to stimulate the construction of around 10,000 new houses and we should see targets like this incorporated into an integrated planning system in NSW.

The Urban Taskforce is a property development industry group, representing Australia’s most prominent property developers and equity financiers.

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Rezoning of Muswellbrook Showground

President confident rezone proposal will gain approval


16 Dec, 2011 08:59 AM
A flood of objection letters against the proposed rezoning of Muswellbrook Showground has been labelled a “scaremongering” tactic by the president of the Upper Hunter Show committee. Despite the proposal receiving more than 200 letters opposing the rezone, president Keith Googe (pictured) said he was confident the plan would move ahead.

“I am hoping that due to the amount of time and effort that has gone into this rezoning and the amount of money that has gone into the rezoning that it will come to fruition,” Mr Googe said.

“It certainly would be a pity if a minority in our community who have been scaremongering actually would jeopardise what the broader community could get from the rezoning.”

Mr Googe said the proposed rezone, sale and planned relocation of the showground to Skellatar Park Racecourse had the opportunity to give Muswellbrook a top-rate entertainment venue.

The show committee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday night and Mr Googe said an overwhelming majority of committee members were in favour of the sale and rezone.

“The rezoning is supported by the committee … the committee is definitely in the majority about the rezoning.”
Concerns regarding a conflict of interest for Mr Googe, who is also a Muswellbrook Race Club board member, were also raised at the meeting.
“I was asked at the meeting by one of the senior committee members what my thoughts on that were and if I saw it as a conflict of interest,” Mr Googe said.

“In my opinion, I can see it more as an advantage.
“When I am on each committee I am acting in the best interests of both parties.
“I can speak firsthand on information without going backwards and forwards.”

Thursday, 29 December 2011

SA NEWS Mt Barker redevelopment approved

Mt Barker redevelopment approved by Rann Government

A LONG-TERM growth plan for Mt Barker has been approved including a blueprint for delivering a $550 million infrastructure support package, the State Government says.

Mt Barker residents say their worst fears have been confirmed and the approval is an "insult" to the thousands of people opposed to the plan.
Infrastructure Minister Pat Conlon said the plan was "a landmark partnership" between the State Government and developers.

New freeway access together with further transport infrastructure will be among a raft of critical projects delivered through this strategic partnership, he said.

Mr Conlon says $160 million in transport infrastructure will form part of the $550 million in projects to be invested in to help meet the growing demands of this important regional centre.

"Without having undertaken such a comprehensive re-zoning process, the negotiation of such infrastructure would have been near to impossible," he said.

"Ultimately this long-term investment will benefit the entire Mount Barker community and not just those moving into the new growth areas."

Acting Urban Development and Planning Minister Jack Snelling said a significant number of changes were made to the final DPA as a result of consultation with government agencies, the Mount Barker Council and local residents.

They include:
REMOVAL of 29 hectares of land from the DPA to preserve important remnant vegetation.
IDENTIFICATION of sites as important for flora and fauna conservation.

RESTRICTION of urban development within about 200 hectares of land rezoned by the development plan, while intensive animal production businesses remain operational.

 DESIGNATION of all existing and proposed urban areas as medium bushfire risk.

"These changes respond to the comments made within submissions and representations at the public meetings," Mr Snelling said.
Stop Urban Sprawl spokesman Ian Grosser said the interests of developers had been put ahead of the greater public.
"The worst fears of the Mount Barker community, that their environment and social fabric will be destroyed, have now been confirmed," he said.
"It will destroy iconic South Australian landscapes and well-watered, fertile farmlands close to city markets. It commits the state to a high-energy future from commuting to distant jobs, and to further draw-downs on the River Murray.
"The decision is an insult to the thousands who have signed petitions, written a record number of individually written submissions and attended a record number of formal public planning meetings.
"It proves that the consultation process has been a farce, and makes a mockery of any claims that the Rann government listens to the people."

Greens MLC Mark Parnell said it was a "disgraceful" decision.
"Covering prime farming land with masses of houses is just not sensible planning. High-value agricultural land so close to the city should be treasured, not covered in bitumen," he said.
"Commitments to new infrastructure spending do nothing to redeem this bad decision.
"That money could have been far better spent fixing existing services to allow for a higher density in current urban areas."

Mr Conlon said an agreement with the developers would ensure funding was directed towards the required transport infrastructure as the urban growth occurs during the next 15 to 20 years.
"The proposed road, transport, energy and water infrastructure is critical for development of the land that has been rezoned," he said.

"There are detailed planning processes required prior to work beginning, but I would expect that some of the site works could be expected to start as early as 2011-12.

Infrastructure identified as necessary to support the population growth includes upgrading the existing freeway interchange at Adelaide Rd, a new interchange to the Southeast Freeway at Bald Hills Rd and new local road ring route around the town to connect to the Bald Hills exchange.
Arterial and local roads also need upgrading and up to three additional park-and-ride facilities need to be built, he said.

A new sewer and water infrastructure costing $260 million and energy infrastructure estimated at $35 million are also needed.

Mr Snelling says infrastructure discussions conducted in tandem with the consultations on the rezoning has enabled government agencies such as health, justice, education and others to plan ahead as the population increases.


Wednesday, 28 December 2011

NSW Planning System Review READ ALL ABOUT IT


- The NSW Government has released: The Issues Paper of  the NSW Planning System Review; entitled, 'The way ahead for planning in NSW?' - for public comment on 6 December 2011.

Click link to see the whole thing

 The Paper outlines the key issues raised during the Listening and Scoping consultation phase of the review. You can view or download the Issues Paper in full (121 pages in PDF format), by clicking on the image below, or you can access each section individually. 

There are too many different types of development and their titles and categorisation are confusing. The number and titles should be reduced and made easier to understand.

The NSW Division of Planning Institute Australia suggested that this list should be simplified and the names of the type of development made clearer. Adopting simplified development categories would also enable new planning legislation to provide a clearer structure.  A simplified list could be based on a proposed national model categorisation set out by a multi-interest group called the Development Assessment Forum.

These categories would be:      * assessable development     * certifiable development     * exempt development     * prohibited development.      

The first of these categories can accommodate several tracks for the assessment process, without the need for separate categories of development in separate parts of legislation.       These potential new categories are merely an example of the ways in which present development applications might be simplified.

There is no doubt, however, that the present complexity must be rationalised.    

- Construction of a dedicated freight track between Epping and Pennant Hills was announced as part of a major Commonwealth Govt project - NSFC - starting March 2012, and finished by June 2016.

  - A NSW Transport Masterplan process was announced by the Government on 30 November, 2011 -
it will involve public consultation until November, 2012 (See our 'Rail Lines' menu option).   

- HSC are extending the Lease of the 'building known as Epping YMCA Centre' to YMCA of Sydney for a further 21 years, following upgrade work by the lessee (HSC ref F2009/00832) 

- The NSW Government has reached agreement with Hills M2, the operator of the Hills M2 Motorway for the conversion of the motorway to cashless or  fully electronic toll collection on 30 January 2012   - Demolition of the old Poplars Hospital has commenced. Aged Care facility construction to commence in new year, and open in mid 2013

Tuesday, 27 December 2011


16 Dec, 2011 09:09 AM
THE Woolworths juggernaut is rolling on in Bega with news the company’s new hardware chain, Masters, is eyeing off the old Spenco site.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Bega Valley Shire Council will hear a planning proposal requesting the rezoning of 53-65 Bega St in order to allow the building of the Bunnings competitor.
The site has already been purchased by Hydrox Nominees, a joint venture between Woolworths and US home improvement retailing giant Lowes, which proposes to erect a Masters Home Improvement Centre.
According to the council agenda, made public on its website Tuesday night, the applicant has requested the land be rezoned to permit a café/restaurant and a timber yard, in addition to bulky goods retail, which is already approved for the site.

Masters’ proposed development is a 7000sqm home improvement centre containing hardware and building supplies, a range of gardening supplies, timber yard, plants and landscaping material supplies together with a café/restaurant. Parking for 194 cars with access off Bega St is also proposed.
The council’s group manager of planning and environment, Andrew Woodley, said he wasn’t expecting any resistance to the proposed rezoning.

“It’s another good indicator that Bega is doing well and that people are willing to spend money here,” Mr Woodley said.

If the rezoning is agreed upon, the proposal will then be referred to the NSW Department of Planning’s Gateway Panel for approval.

“The Gateway Panel considers all rezoning applications, council doesn’t have the final say,” Mr Woodley said.

“(However,) once all that’s in order then they (Hydrox Nominees) can lodge a development application and then it’s in council’s hands.”

Details of the proposed rezoning as well as draft plans for the Masters Home Improvement Centre are included in the council’s meeting agenda on its website 

Monday, 26 December 2011

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Free Money if you have a heritage property

Assistance and Benefits

Local Heritage Fund

If you own a heritage property and you think well, I can't knock it down.
Then do it up with the councils money...
Council’s Local Heritage Assistance Fund provides small grants to owners of heritage items and properties in conservation areas, for work that will improve the heritage value of a property. This might include maintenance work or reinstatement of missing original features such as fences, verandahs and decorative details.
In July 2011 Council approved an interim increase in heritage grants for the next 3 years to individual properties; with grants being limited to:
  • $1,300 for applications up to $5,000 in value;
  • $2,650 for applications between $5,000 to $20,000 in value; and
  • $3,300 for applications over $20,000 in value. 
local heritage facade
The restoration of the verandah of this property in the Epping/Eastwood Conservation Area received a grant from Council's Local Heritage Fund
For more information phone Council’s Land Use Team on 9806 5093.
Funds may be also be available from the NSW Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning for conservation work to state heritage listed properties.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

REZONING A large vacant industrial site in Rozelle to allow mixed use development
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Our company has grown to become one of the most highly respected planning consultancies in NSW and attracts work from both the private and public sector.   We undertake a wide range of planning work from small jobs for high profile clients to the largest of developments such as the facilities for the Sydney Olympics and the Fox Studios redevelopment.  For more detailed information about our projects click here.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pittwater Council rezones Park now residential.....

Pittwater Council rezones Park now residential.....

electronic lodgement of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code for lots 200m2 and above

Fast-tracked electronic approvals

Builders, home owners and renovators in 10 local government areas across NSW can now apply online for a 10-day complying development approval for a new house or renovation, where their project meets relevant design and other standards.

The Electronic Housing Code is now operational at Bankstown, Blacktown, Lake Macquarie, Port Macquarie, Rockdale, Shellharbour, Sutherland, Tamworth, The Hills and Tweed councils, following a $5.92 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government's Housing Affordability Fund. The system will now be rolled out at up to 24 additional councils over the next two years after the NSW Government pledged an additional $4.3 million to the project.

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) project is focused on the development of an online system for the electronic lodgement of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code for lots 200m2 and above. This system will also allow the user to determine if they are able to proceed with their development without further approvals, as an exempt development.
The Electronic Housing Code has been built primarily for local industry professionals, such as project home builders, planners, developers and architects. However it is also able to be used by the local community within the eleven local government areas.
This system, launched by the Minister for Planning & Infrastructure on the 28th October 2011, is currently operational in 10 local government areas -
Lake Macquarie,
Port Macquarie-Hastings,
The Hills and
Tweed Shire Councils.
Liverpool City Council will be operation on the system in early 2012. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

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