Talk of the town
Toolamba considers growth options
Is it possible that Toolamba will soon stop being a ‘‘village’’, instead becoming a fully-fledged township?
And is there an appetite for growth?
These are questions the city’s councillors considered last week.
At a Greater Shepparton City Council meeting, councillors voted to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to rezone 54 ha of Toolamba land to be in the ‘‘urban growth zone’’.
A background report details that a rezoning request had been received for about 54 ha of land located immediately south-west of the existing Toolamba township.
Cr Dennis Patterson said recent trips to Toolamba had demonstrated to him that the community was ‘‘well and truly aware of’’ the request.
‘‘Toolamba’s at that stage where it’s a lovely rural town . . . There’s discussion out there with the locals and it’s their decision . . . some aren’t quite sure if they want to lose their village feel . . . to get bigger or if they want to stay exactly the way they are,’’ Cr Patterson said.
‘‘This gives everybody the opportunity to talk and discuss it.’’
Cr Patterson said the location was the ‘‘right place’’ for an extension to the town.
‘‘So it’ll be good to get it out there to the community, let them have a look at it and get their feedback.’’
He said a request had been made to ‘‘look at this (proposal) and rezone it’’.
Cr Les Oroszvary said, from his perspective, Toolamba would cease being a village as it was currently described.
‘‘It will effectively become a township, a very popular township,’’ Cr Oroszvary said.
‘‘I think it’s reflective of where Greater Shepparton is going as a community.’’
The land in question, referred to in the planning scheme as investigation area 6, is bounded by the existing township to the north, the railway line to the east, Rutherford Rd to the west and the Public Acquisition Overlay for the Goulburn Valley Hwy-Shepparton Bypass to the south.
The council report said an investigation had been completed and it was ‘‘considered appropri- ate to rezone the land to the Urban Growth Zone with a Precinct Structure Plan’’.
This plan would ‘‘allow the township to grow and become a community that will be supported by a local town centre, community facilities including a primary school and kindergarten, commercial facilities including a general store and post office, and sports ground,’’ the report continued.
The proposed amendment implements the objectives of planning in Victoria and supports relevant state and local policy.
The density of any future residential development at Toolamba would depend on investigations into the provision of sewerage to the land, the report said.