Council to review fire risk for Stanley plan
MORE amendments will have to be made to the Stanley Structure Plan after a Victorian government panel review concluded that the impacts of bushfires had not been properly considered.
Approval of the Stanley Structure Plan was knocked back by Planning Panels Victoria, at least until Indigo Shire Council reviews how it will deal with the bushfire threat.
In 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfires destroyed 30,000 hectares of land through the Stanley, Mudgegonga and Barwidgee Creek areas.
Planning Panels Victoria said it was surprised that Indigo council had failed to mention the fire risk in the first version of the plan which has been developed to provide direction for future land uses and development for Stanley.
“The panel finds it puzzling why the threat of bushfire has not been identified in the structure plan as one of the most significant planning issues for the town,” it stated
“This would seem to be a major oversight and should have been addressed at a very early stage in the process.”
Indigo council previously altered the Stanley Structure Plan to references bush- fires following a panel hearing in June, but it was not enough for the plan to be approved.
It’s understood the CFA objected to the plan after being contacted by the government panel, saying they had no knowledge of the plan.
Indigo Shire Council director development and community services, Mark Florence said council acknowledges the panel findings and is considering the report.
“The amendment proposal assessed and considered by an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning is a usual process involved in planning scheme amendments,” he said.
“A panel member found that the amendment could not be supported in its current form due to concerns that bushfire risk was not adequately covered.
“Council will soon decide what course of action it will propose, which can address the panel’s concerns and still achieve the outcome of selected rezoning of different parts of Stanley.”
Stanley has traditionally been a farming community, but council wants to redefine the core village area as a “township zone”, rather than a “farm zone” which would allow for the addition of a post office, medical centre or other services.