Talk of the town

Toolamba con­sid­ers growth op­tions

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Thomas Moir

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.

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