Three decisions of Baw Baw Shire relating to land sales and acquisitions have been rescinded.
The previous decisions of council related to a land acquisition at Buln Buln Recreation Reserve, sale of land in Burke St, Warragul and an unmade section of road adjacent to Longwarry-Drouin Rd.
A report to council outlined the history of the three sites. Council resolved in 2014 to accept a land donation. Officers said despite ongoing discussions, negotiations stalled and had been at an impasse for some time.
Officers suggested the resolution should be rescinded as there had been no progress. In relation to a service road in Burke St, council responded to community feedback calling for a footpath and resolved to close and sell the road in 2014. A condition of the sale was the purchaser construct a footpath at his cost and transfer the footpath back to council.
The report to council said the purchaser intended to purchase the service road land and consolidate with his own freehold land directly abutting, and subsequently develop the land for residential townhouses.
The purchaser withdrew his interest in purchasing the land in April last year. The purchaser has now sold the freehold land directly abutting the service road.
Officers advised council to rescind the resolution to sell service road land with the possibility that the land could be sold to the new owners or as freehold land.
Council also rescinded a motion relating to an unmade section of road adjacent to LongwarryDrouin Rd.
Council resolved in December last year to open an unmade government road, which directly adjoins 400 Longwarry-Drouin Rd Longwarry.
Part of the decision to sell the section of land was a request for the purchaser to construct the section of road.
The applicant had requested council open the road due to the purchase of 400 Longwarry Drouin Road Longwarry. However, the applicant has since advised council he is unwilling to enter a Section173 Agreement to construct the road.
As this was a condition of the resolution and the resolution can no longer be carried out, officers suggested council rescind the motion.
Neighbouring property owners have verbally advised that they are happy with council rescinding the resolution and the road not being opened at this time.