Tat flagged for growth
More residential land is on the horizon for Tatura, while growth plans need to be created to help assess opportunities and constraints of Greater Shepparton’s townships into the future.
These are among the key recommendations flagged in a newly reviewed townships framework plan, aiming to take ‘‘a holistic approach to shape future growth’’ of the city.
Councillors this month adopted the plan review, and voted to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to implement findings.
The plan review focuses on nine townships, to complement and update other planning strategies.
Submissions were considered and a number of changes recommended to the framework plans.
Among them, the identification of land north-east of Tatura for ‘‘long-term future growth’’, changes to the designation of areas in Tatura’s CBD from ‘‘potential low density’’ to ‘‘ urban growth area’’ and land in Toolamba flagged for ‘‘long-term future growth’’.
It is recommended growth plans be prepared for each township and implemented into the planning scheme.
‘‘Growth plans will consider the opportunities and constraints of each township and utilise a holistic approach for future growth,’’ a report to councillors said.
Cr Fern Summer believed the scheme would assist with the growth of small towns into the future.
Cr Dennis Patterson said the city sometimes forgot that the region’s small towns wanted to expand.
‘‘Most small towns have expansion on the mind . . . they want to build their store, they want to build their school, they want to build their town.
‘‘They want make it a more successful place . . . it’s council’s them.’’
Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said it was important growth was maintained on a number of fronts, ‘‘providing choice and variety in the housing market and accommodating projected population growth over at least a 15-year period’’.
‘‘Although the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Kialla urban areas will accommodate the majority of this population growth, the outlying townships continue to provide for a variety of housing and lifestyle opportunities, as well as supporting growth in our farming areas with community facilities, schools, local shops and industries,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.
Prime opportunity: Tatura land has been identified for longterm future growth in a council townships plan.