Sub­di­vi­sion meets cloud of dust with ob­jec­tions

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

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.

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