Monday, 14 May 2012

Rezoning Land from rural to residential 190 additional residential lots.

Proposed redevelopment

SITE: Wakool general manager Bruce Graham overlooks the site which will allow future residential development at Murray Downs.
SITE: Wakool general manager Bruce Graham overlooks the site which will allow future residential development at Murray Downs.

14 May, 2012 04:00 AM
A PROPOSED development at Murray Downs has the potential to double the number of residents living within the vicinity.In what has been a lengthy process, taking almost two years to finalise, last week New South Wales Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard approved the planning proposal for the rezoning of land at Murray Downs.
The 19.94ha of land extends from Murray Downs Drive to the river and sits adjacent to the Murray Downs homestead.
The rezoning of the land from rural to residential will enable future residential development at the site for up to 190 additional residential lots.
Wakool Shire Council general manager Bruce Graham said the rezoning would allow a very significant upgrade of the area, in line with the overall Murray Downs masterplan.
"There's quite a lot of development planned for Murray Downs," Mr Graham said, noting another development proposal was going through the government rezoning process.
While the rezoning approval has been welcomed, Wakool Mayor Andrew Douglas said council had expressed some concerns about the length of time it took to process the applications.
"Whilst we understand the thorough procedures required to review applications, the amount of new issues that suddenly get presented by various government departments throughout the process is extremely frustrating," Cr Douglas said.
"There is no doubt that the disjointed manner of inter-departmental liaison is what ultimately delays the finalisation of these types of proposals."
"However, despite delays council welcomes this eventual positive result which will now allow developers to continue to progress with plans," he added.
In addition to the land at Murray Downs, two other rezoning applications at Barham were also approved.
They include land at the former Sundance Resort site in Yarrein Street and land at East Barham Road which have the capacity to provide approximately 210 additional residential lots.
All three rezoned sites have river frontage, likely to attract strong demand once developed.
"This will both boost the residential land supply and provide greater choice in the residential land markets in both centres," Cr Douglas said.


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