At 15th March Bass Coast Shire Council meeting the councillors accepted the recommendation of the planning staff and voted unanimously to:
“ defer consideration of the proposed Planning Scheme amendment for Cape Paterson North to a future Ordinary Council meeting pending submission of a revised proposal”
This was expected as, according to the Sentinel Times, the developer had requested a deferral.
Several councillors spoke about the amendment:
• Some councillors raised concerns about the lack of consultation with the community.
• One councillor was uncomfortable with the fact that by rezoning all of the land at once, it would remove any control from future councils for the duration of the project, which could be for the next 30 years or more.
• One councillor was concerned that the developer should have an opportunity to modify the development to try to satisfy the community, and noted that developers should be encouraged to forward proposals. This was supported by one other councillor.
• There appears to be some councillor support for the proposal but community opposition has eroded some of the support for a complete approval.
• The revised proposal is expected to reduce the number of allotments to between 400 to 500 lots.
• The possibility of consultation between the CPRRA and the developer’s representatives is more than likely, and to represent the community we will need your support.
CPRRA members will be sent an email update as soon as we have any more news.
NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY to PREVENT THIS MASSIVE OVER-DEVELOPMENT
The AGM presentation on this issue was well received by an audience of 205 which included the three Councillors from the Bunurong Ward.
Issue: The map at left shows in red the size of the proposed residential expansion to the North of Cape Paterson. A motion to seek authorisation from the Planning Minister to prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment was considered at the March meeting of the Bass Coast Council and deferred at the request of the developer.
CPRRA Position: There are already 200 lots available in the existing (pink) development to the west of Cape Paterson (approved in 2010) and 40 vacant lots within the developed township. A 2009 Planning Panel Report stated that developing land to the west and north “would represent a significant oversupply in the planning period.”
The proposal which went to Council in March was to rezone ALL of the red land to residential which will mean 900 extra houses along with the 220 dwellings already approved to west ... of which <20 plots have been sold. The CPRRA position is that there is current sufficient land availability in Cape Paterson and that an application to develop further land immediately should be rejected by Council.
What you can do now: Keep an eye on this website or our Facebook page so that when a revised amendment returns to Council you can have your say. CPRAA members will receive email updates.
A big thank you to the 29 volunteers who came to the Clean Up Cape Paterson day on March 5th. This was part of Clean Up Australia which supports and encourages local communities, schools and businesses to clean up one day/year. 10 bags of rubbish and 10 bags of recycling were collected from the township, beaches and foreshore reserves.
Click on the title to read more and look at the photos.
An ethusiastic group of 16 volunteers met for the first working bee of 2017 and removed woody weeds (mirror bush, sweet pittosporum and pine tree seedlings) from areas around the Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Club where indigenous trees and shrubs had previously been planted.
Click on the title to read more and see the photos.
The final head count was 205 and sent a clear message to the three Bunurong Ward Councillors who also attended.
The predicted bad weather held off (mostly) for our last working bee for the year.
This was spurge removal between 2nd Surf and Wilsons Rd. Mostly tiny spurges, and it was impressive to see how effective the “Purge the Spurge” program has been.
Another good weather day for our working bee.
We cleared the paths in the Cassia St Reserve and removed woody weeds from a number of previously planted areas.
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