Port Albert rural lifestyle zones get the nod

AN independent panel of planning experts has supported Wellington Shire Council’s proposed changes to residential zones around Port Albert.

The panel’s report for the planning scheme amendment has been provided to council for consideration.

Following community consultation, Amendment C95 proposes to implement a number of the recommendations of the Port Albert Rural Residential Lifestyle Lot Review and Planning Controls Review.

The aim of the studies was to identify land within Port Albert which could provide blocks for rural lifestyle living opportunities.

The studies also looked at ways in which existing planning scheme controls could become more streamlined.

Appointed by the Planning Minister, the panel report on the planning scheme amendment supported council’s proposed rezonings to facilitate rural lifestyle lot growth in Port Albert.

The report concluded council provided necessary strategic justification, and Amendment C95 implements relevant state and local planning policy.

On this basis, the panel has recommended council adopt Amendment C95 as it was exhibited with the exception of some minor changes proposed to two parcels of land within Langsborough.

Council land use planning manager Joshua Clydesdale said council welcomed the findings of the independent panel, which would facilitate the opportunities the community was keen to provide for people looking for a rural living lifestyle in Port Albert.

“Amendment C95 will also rezone Seaview Caravan Park to a rural activity zone which will recognise it as a key tourist facility,” he said.

Council will consider the panel report and the options available to finalise the Amendment C95 process.