At its meeting on 28 November 2018, Murrindindi Shire Council will consider a request to amend the Murrindindi Planning Scheme.
The request seeks to change the planning provisions currently applying to more than 240 hectares of land which is in the Rural Living Zone approximately 5km south of the Yea Township (the land west of the Melba Highway, on Ewing Wynd).
The request seeks to reduce the minimum subdivision size from four hectares (with an average of six hectares) to a minimum subdivision size of two hectares.
Council officers are recommending that the proposal not be supported as the land is not connected with the existing Yea Township area. If the proposal was to be approved, applications could be made in future for subdivisions which would allow for a greater number of lots on this land.
Officers are concerned that an increase in population at Ewing Wynd would put further pressure on providing the necessary service infrastructure that future communities are likely to expect. There are also concerns about the impact that further lots will have on productive farming in the area.
The focus of the Murrindindi Planning Scheme is to encourage future growth within and around our township areas where there is existing access to infrastructure such as footpaths, schools and parks for growing populations.
This proposal was considered in 2014 when the previous Council reviewed the future growth and development of Yea township and environs in the Yea Structure Plan.
You can find more information about this proposal after the Council Meeting in the Murrindindi Shire Council 28 November –Ordinary Meeting minutes at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au/councilagenda