LAND TO GROW
Green light for new 41 lot subdivision on Yarrawonga Road
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.”