Land plans get government nod

THE State Government has given the green light for Wellington Shire Council to proceed with projects which could change the shape of the Sale area.

Council last week was told by the Department of Planning and Community Development that a ministerial amendment had been approved for two major projects adopted by council in late 2010.

Known collectively as Amendment C67, the Sale, Wurruk and Longford Structure Plan and Sale CBD Precinct Plan, the reforms will support growth and development within those areas for the next 15 years.

Among the directions featured in the structure plan, there is the potential for rural living and low density residential land to the north of Sale-Maffra Rd and Cobains Rds and a future education precinct on Sale-Maffra Rd, near the Sale cemetery.

In Wurruk, there is the potential for more land for industrial use to the north of the Princes Highway and residential land to the south of the highway.

An area east of Longford that was formerly under a state resource overlay has also been alleviated from those constraints, making it suitable for future rural living rezoning.

Proposed bus routes in these new residential areas are also included.

Among the conclusions in the Sale CBD plan are extending retail south along Raymond St, encouraging a new discount department store and investigating the feasibility of multi-level parking.

Mayor Scott Rossetti said after considerable past public consultation, council was confident Amendment C67 would equip it and the community with the framework to work towards delivering practical and sustainable growth.

“More specifically, it provides clearly defined areas and guidance for council and the community to plan for future urban growth and development in north Sale, Wurruk and Longford,” he said.

“The next step will be advancing rezoning of land in the preferred growth areas,” Cr Rossetti said.

“Council’s aim with Amendment C67 is to ensure we are well positioned to attract and accommodate future population and employment growth.”