Tat flagged for growth

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Thomas Moir

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.


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Prime op­por­tu­nity: Tatura land has been iden­ti­fied for longterm fu­ture growth in a coun­cil town­ships plan.

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