Proposal for new residential area in Drysdale

Council has agreed to start the process of
re-zoning an area of land in central Drysdale to allow it to be developed into
residential housing.

The land – bound by Jetty Road, Wyndham Street, Thomas Street, and
the rear of Central Road properties – is currently
zoned as rural living.

Given its position close to shops, schools and public facilities it was
earmarked for development as far back as 1992, when it was identified in the
Drysdale Clifton Springs Structure Plan as a suitable residential area. This
was carried over to the 2010 structure plan.

A Development Contributions Plan to sit alongside the proposed amendment will
set requirements for an upgrade of Jetty Road and pedestrian signals
plus new local parks, open space trails and drainage basins.

The report presented to council on 28 May said the proposed re-zoning
would align with the City of Greater Geelong’s Settlement Strategy, which aims
to contain urban growth on the Bellarine within existing town boundaries.

The land in question includes 28 individual properties, and the City has
actively engaged with owners.

A planning scheme amendment will now be prepared and made available for public

Councillor Bruce Harwood – Mayor:

Development pressure continues on the Bellarine as council
balances community expectations with strategic growth.

We look forward to hearing what the community has to say about this proposal
and considering the feedback when it comes back before council at a later date.

Councillor Jim Mason – Chair, Sustainable
Development portfolio:

There has
already been extensive community engagement over the years with land owners in
this area and now we will enter a new phase, where further input from the
public is invited. We encourage everyone to have their say.

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