A push for residential growth in Stawell has led to a call for development of council land in Sloane Street.
Northern Grampians Shire Council has called for expressions of interest for development of the eight-hectare site on the corner of Sloane Street and Cahill Road.
The council rezoned the site, which has the potential for the development of between 60 and 110 dwellings, to a ‘Residential 1 Zone’ in 2013.
It announced a call to developers at a meeting on Monday.
The greenfield site overlooks the Grampians and Black Range near the Western Highway.
The council made the announcement with housing vacancies in the area sitting at about one percent and with a predicted 1000 jobs coming into the region during the next five years.
The council is keen for a prospective developer to provide a diverse housing mix to meet a backlog of demand, create a physical environment which is regarded as a model for residential development throughout regional Victoria and to extend council’s passive recreational areas and facilities.
Mayor Kevin Erwin said the council had attracted interested parties in developing the land.
“While the jobs growth is a good problem to have, the issue of the housing shortage needs to be solved, otherwise we’ll miss out on getting more families to our region as well,” he said.