Wellington Shire Council has taken the first steps towards addressing the current housing crisis by creating a path for building around 1600 additional residential lots.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, four planning decisions were supported, allowing for the commencement of significant housing developments in Wurruk, north Sale and Longford.

Sustainable population growth and housing choice are two of the council’s five key priorities in its four-year strategic Council Plan.

The decision to commence housing developments kicks off the implementation of one of them.

After undertaking a residential growth assessment and stocktake, council worked with landowners to open up more land to develop new lots to address the housing shortage, Mayor Ian Bye conveyed to those in attendance on Tuesday night.

“Today’s decisions were an important step in addressing our critical housing shortage,” he said.

“These four projects provide a well-rounded offering to those wanting to build a home; there are options in the north and south.”

Cr Bye said it was critical to give potential home builders a variety of alternatives, with land being made available for both smaller housing lots and rural residential blocks.

“Council continues to do a great deal of work to attract new business and further investment in Wellington and for those moving into the region, there needs to be adequate, affordable housing,” he said.

“As well as supply, current residents and those wanting to relocate to Wellington want options.

“They want diversity of housing, both size and location, to meet different needs – from large lot rural residential at Longford through to standard residential lots to both the north and west of Sale.

“These proposed developments will offer standard housing lots and a nice selection of rural residential, which have been popular as an option in recent years for those wanting a little more room to move.”

Decisions supported by the Council on Tuesday, June 21, include adopting the Wurruk Development Plan, which will provide around 1255 lots across six individual proposed estates on land already zoned for urban development.

In addition to the preparation of a planning scheme amendment that proposes to rezone land to open the way for the potential development of more than 200 lots in north Sale across two different sites and the preparation of a planning scheme amendment that proposes to rezone land for around 180 lifestyle lots in Longford.