Sunday, 28 July 2013

VIC Lara's west have been given the green light but the developer's

 HUNDREDS of new homes in Lara's west have been given the green light but the developer's plans for a $26 million supermarket have been rejected by the council.
The City of Greater Geelong is preparing to rezone land in the Manzeene Ave area of Lara, to allow for up to 550 residential lots to be created.
However, it has rejected Dacland's bid to build a full-line Woolworths supermarket on the corner of Patullos and O'Hallorans roads, which the proponent claims would support 230 jobs when opened in 2018.
The council has recommended the space be used for other commercial services, such as a hotel, service station or food outlets.
The council is instead supportive of the creation of an activity centre in a neighbouring residential development, known as the Lara West Growth Area.
Along with a retail hub anchored by a supermarket, that proposal includes two primary schools and a senior campus, two community centres, sports fields and an indoor stadium, and an estimated 4000 houses.

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"When we built some years ago, we were promised that the population would be no more than 10,000. Then we allowed developers in and we ended up with hundreds more houses. I do feel sorry for people that live in Grand Lakes. Long walk to the shops and the traffic has increased dramatically. You only need to look at the traffic around the proposed new shopping area. Won’t that give people a lot of joy at 3.30pm every day with trains going through, schools finishing for the day and a big supermarket to top it off. A park doesn’t make a town feel rural. A small population makes a town feel rural.That’s why after 30 years or so, I’m moving out. People aren’t gutless Tony Ansett. Just that when I sent you an email a couple of years ago, I found your reply extremely rude and nasty. "
Ex Lara resident
Dacland's Jonathon Fetterplace appealed to the council to support the commercial development, claiming it would quickly reduce spending leakage to other areas, including Werribee.
He said the Lara West Growth Area supermarket was unlikely to be constructed before 2025, with Dacland's $26m proposal to be operational within five years.
Cr Tony Ansett said Dacland's estate, to be called Manzeene Village, fell within the Lara township that was soon to be serviced by Coles and Woolworths stores.
Cr Ansett praised Dacland for retaining about 5000 trees in its estate.
Work has begun on the town centre expansion on Station Lake Rd, which will deliver a full-line Coles and supporting stores and eateries.
The adjacent Woolworths also has plans to more than double the size of its existing complex at The Centreway.