Subdivision meets cloud of dust with objections
MANSFIELD Shire’s newly elected council sat for the first time last week at an open meeting with a near full gallery and lots of curve balls thrown at it.
On the agenda for the meeting was one main item only – that of issuing a Notice of Decision to Issue a Permit for an 11 lot subdivision and removal of vegetation off New Street.
The two stage subdivision has come under objections over the past 18 months since first proposed.
Mayor Paul Volkering first outlined the process of hearing objectors’ views and then from the developer before gaining council’s planning department’s reasoning.
The main objections to the subdivision was the entrance to the court bowl off New Street with neighbouring residents objecting to the entrance, increased traffic flow and clouds of dust with New Street being an unmade road.
Andrew Setchell spoke on behalf of the seven objectors.
Denise Kelleher also spoke on the safety for her 10 children and the increase in traffic flow.
It was pointed out several times that residents thought it was a better idea to bring the entrance to the court bowl off Hunter Street as the 7073 square metre parcel of land has frontages to both New and Hunter streets.
Lot one of the subdivision already has an older home on it – which will remain under the plan.
After more than 30 minutes’ debate and many of the objections being heard, council then heard from development services manager, Michael Bismire.
Mr Bismire said assessment of the proposal had established that the subdivision satisfied all relevant state and local planning policies, and the standards and objectives for such a subdivision.
Three of the lots would face Hunter Street while the remaining eight would form the small court bowl.
Additional parking for four cars would also be allowed at the beginning of the entrance to New Street.
No footpaths have been allowed for but the entrance and court would have a sealed road.
The removal of three large native eucalypts was also questioned, however, an offset to this had been agreed to and the application had been sent to DELWP and council’s environment department, with neither having objected to their removal.
Following further debate the motion to issue the notice of decision was put to councillors with three for and two against.
Speaking against the motion Cr Peter Olver said the worry was the entrance and New Street along with the removal of such valuable native vegetation - he does not like to see healthy trees that are several hundred years old being removed.
“Our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren may not see new trees planted to replace these grow to this size,” he said.
Cr Volkering also spoke against the motion pointing out the number of children in New Street, and the possible increase in this number within the new subdivision – which is no more than 150 metres long - and the safety of these children.
It had also been pointed out that New Street being unmade, mothers with prams and small children had to walk on the road – this being a further safety issue.
Cr Volkering said now the decision had been made and passed all affected residents would be notified and further objections would have to be received within 21 days.
If there were renewed objections then the matter could be considered as an appeal and would then go to VCAT for a final decision.
The subdivision has had some 50 separate conditions placed on it including a certification time frame of two years for stage 1 and four years for stage two and a completion date of five years.
WHICH WAY: Mansfield Shire councillors had to decide whether to allow a new entrance to a court bowl to come off New Street - removing this fence and encroaching onto an existing house frontage or to come off the alternative on Hunter Street - the...
DUSTY ROAD: The unmade and short New Street which will see an increase in traffic and calls for it to be sealed to allow the new subdivision to go ahead.