Subdivision’s slow progress
Mayday Hills developers hope for approvals and works to be completed soon
INDIGO Shire Council hopes that Mayday Hills’ developers will have stringent building conservation and landscape management plans in place and approved for the historic Beechworth property, within months.
Indigo Shire chief executive officer Trevor Ierino last week told councillors that developers George and Sue Fendyk and Geoff and Tess Lucas were progressing towards compliance with Heritage Victoria permit conditions which should enable the subdivision to proceed.
He said council had been working with the Fendyk-Lucas partnership to resolve challenges that would allow subdivision buyers to get clear title to property.
Mr Ierino said the task had been difficult to navigate because of the complexity of Mayday Hills’ heritage overlay, varying building values and separate planning permit requirements.
He said an important planning permit condition which required the developers to devise a detailed schedule of works for the site’s valuable heritage buildings was currently being costed by a skilled contractor.
“Council and Heritage Victoria are keen for works to be undertaken to preserve the outside of buildings to prevent further deterioration and be maintained and secured from external weather damage,” Mr Ierino said.
“We’re trying to expedite this with the developers and Heritage Victoria.”
He said subdivision compliance and works completion was expected within a short timeframe, including erection of a heritage fence at the entrance to Mayday Hills from Albert Road, following frustrating delays.
Mr Ierino said Heritage Victoria offered incentives for the developers to keep moving ahead and to finish works as these were holding up settlement and issues with titles.
Indigo Shire Council development and community services director Mark Florence said the council fully recognised the community interest in Mayday Hills and the need to expedite an outcome that benefited all parties and ensured conservation and maintenance of the site’s significant heritage values.
Co-developer George Fendyk told the Advertiser that he was waiting for a report from the heritage adviser who was conducting building assessments and costings.
“We’ll be able to finish the body corporate requirements so people can get their titles, too,” he said.
He hoped to have all outstanding works finished by Christmas.
Mr Fendyk said Indigo Council and Mr Ierino, in particular, had helped to drive meetings with Heritage Victoria. “It’s a credit to him,” he said. Mr Fendyk said it had been “a long, hard road”.