Warragul & Drouin Gazette

Com­pro­mise reached for Drouin golf es­tate

- Drouin · Belarus · Belgium · Iceland · Austria

Af­ter years of de­bate, con­sul­ta­tion and plan­ning hear­ings a de­vel­op­ment plan for the new Drouin Golf Club res­i­den­tial es­tate has been adopted by a nar­row vote of Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil.

A laneway be­hind ex­ist­ing Fair­way Drv res­i­dents has been in­cluded in the de­vel­op­ment plan in an at­tempt to pro­tect their amenity and cre­ate a buf­fer to the new es­tate.

But not all res­i­dents in­di­cated sup­port for the fi­nal de­sign. Ten res­i­dents ad­dressed coun­cil and there were still con­flict­ing opin­ions on what de­sign would achieve the best out­come.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes 134 res­i­den­tial lots to be de­vel­oped on land pre­vi­ously ear­marked for golf club ex­pan­sion. It abuts low den­sity res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

The is­sue has a long his­tory, dat­ing back to 2011 when coun­cil agreed to end a sec­tion 173 agree­ment re­quir­ing the golf club land to be de­vel­oped for a golf course.

The golf club in­stead pro­posed to sell the land for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

A de­vel­op­ment plan for the new es­tate was placed on ex­hi­bi­tion late last year to al­low for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and feed­back.

There has been a sig­nif­i­cant level of ob­jec­tion over the years by res­i­dents who feared the loss of the ru­ral char­ac­ter that they were guar­an­teed when the ad­join­ing land to their prop­er­ties was for a golf course.

The fi­nal de­sign adopted by coun­cil in­cludes a seven me­tre wide re­serve be­tween ex­ist­ing and new res­i­dents.

The road re­serve will in­clude a two me­tre verge, to be planted as a tree re­serve, along the bound­ary of ex­ist­ing houses; a three me­tre road pave­ment; and, a two me­tre na­ture strip.

All lots in­ter­fac­ing with the ex­ist­ing de­vel­oped prop­er­ties will have to be sin­gle storey.

Res­i­dents ad­dressed coun­cil­lors be­fore they con­sid­ered the mat­ter.

The ma­jor­ity em­braced the laneway as a buf­fer and bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to new houses back­ing onto their back fences.

How­ever, some raised con­cerns about se­cu­rity and hav­ing two road frontages with the back­yards of their prop­erty now also fronting a road re­serve and laneway.

Cr Jes­sica O’Don­nell said this had been a “very long jour­ney.”

“The res­i­dents have gone through many years of stress and un­cer­tainty. There has been over­whelm­ing sup­port for a laneway and we be­lieve that is a re­ally great out­come for them.

Cr O’Don­nell said this is­sue had di­vided a neigh­bour­hood and stress­ful for every­one.

Cr Tri­cia Jones said this had been a very dif­fi­cult time for res­i­dents.

“There seems to be a fo­cus that peo­ple don’t want to be look­ing at back­yards,” she said.

Cr Jones sug­gested the de­vel­oper could pro­vide fenc­ing along the bound­aries of ex­ist­ing houses.

“Maybe not all of them well want a fence but some of them will feel very in­tim­i­dated and their se­cu­rity is be­ing vi­o­lated.

“At the mo­ment the res­i­dents have barbed wire and fence posts. It’s not for every­one but for any­one who would feel more com­fort­able with a fence I don’t think the cost should be borne by the Fair­way Drv peo­ple,” she said.

But fel­low coun­cil­lors did not sup­port the need for fenc­ing be­tween the prop­er­ties and new road verge.

Cr Michael Leaney said he felt for the Fair­way Drv res­i­dents who bought their prop­er­ties think­ing they would al­ways back onto a golf course.

“This prob­a­bly shouldn’t have hap­pened the way it has but we are the ones that have to drive the car out of the ditch tonight,” he said.

Cr Danny Goss said only two peo­ple spoke against the laneway.

He said coun­cil owed the Fair­way Drv res­i­dents a duty of care.

“These peo­ple bought in good faith and that hasn’t come to fruition,” he said.

Cr Pe­ter Kos­tos spoke against the mo­tion. “If it was me I’d rather not have the laneway and I’d rather have the peace and quiet.”

The five to four vote in favour of the de­vel­op­ment plan and laneway de­sign was car­ried. In favour were Crs O’Don­nell, Jones, Leaney, Goss and Joe Gauci. Against were Crs Kos­tos, Keith Cook, Dar­ren Wal­lace and Mikaela Power.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia