Green light for new 41 lot sub­di­vi­sion on Yar­ra­wonga Road

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY SHANE DOUTHIE sd­outhie@ne­me­

AN­OTHER ma­jor res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion on Yar­ra­wonga Road is poised to help con­tinue to drive the city’s north­ward growth.

Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta coun­cil­lors last week voted in sup­port of grant­ing a plan­ning per­mit for the 42 lot de­vel­op­ment.

It will com­prise 41 low den­sity res­i­den­tial lots each a min­i­mum of one acre, and one 62.25ha resid­ual par­cel on and along­side Wonga Park Drive off Yar­ra­wonga Road.

There were 10 let­ters of ob­jec­tion to the de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing nine ob­jec­tions from res­i­dents on Wonga Park Drive with the other ob­jec­tor from nearby Ussh­ers Drive.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil, con­cerns were raised about in­ad­e­quate ex­ist­ing drainage and fu­ture im­pact on drainage from the de­vel­op­ment, in­creased traf­fic, lack of foot­paths, lack of street light­ing, lim­ited ac­cess in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and the im­pact of the de­vel­op­ment on the ex­ist­ing neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter.

Wonga Park res­i­dents also re­quested for a recre­ational park be pro­vided which the ap­pli­cant said they would con­sider.

Coun­cil said its staff would in­ves­ti­gate any spe­cific re­quests or con­cerns about the ex­ist­ing drainage and that civil works to im­prove the drainage sys­tem are in­tended to be un­der­taken “in the near fu­ture”.

The de­vel­oper would also be re­quired to pre­pare any de­tailed mod­el­ling of the catch­ment and de­tailed plans based upon the mod­el­ling.

The ex­ist­ing Wonga Park car­riage­way would be widened to han­dle the ex­pected in­creased traf­fic and a pedestrian and emer­gency ac­cess con­nect­ing the pro­posed new road with Yar­ra­wonga Road would be pro­vided in­stead of a sec­ond road ac­cess.

Coun­cil called for a five per cent fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from the de­vel­oper be pro­vided in lieu of pro­vid­ing a park with the funds to be in­vested in other recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture for the broader com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil also iden­ti­fied the de­vel­op­ment was in “rea­son­ably close prox­im­ity” to Paul Larkins re­serve as well as the nearby Yar­ra­wonga Road shared path and Wal­dara Golf Course.

Cr Rees praised coun­cil staff for lis­ten­ing to the ob­jec­tors and work­ing through the spe­cific con­cerns.

“We al­ways have to be mind­ful of ob­jec­tors and lis­ten to their con­cerns,” Cr Rees said.

“We are short of one acre blocks and this will be a good ‘ staged’ re­lease.

“The re­cent em­ploy­ment of good plan­ning staff has al­ready started to turn things around.

“We are do­ing good things for Wan­garatta.”

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