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South West projects out for comment

South West projects out for comment

The Swan Hill community has a chance to comment on the direction of a 214ha residential development in the city’s south west.

The South West Development Precinct is made up of 33 parcels of privately-owned land and, if fully developed, could eventually offer more than 2000 of blocks of land for new housing.

After working closely with landowners, Council has released for comment the Masterplan for the South West Development Precinct and one of six associated planning scheme amendments.

Councils’ Director Development and Planning Brett Luxford said the masterplan provided direction for the area’s development, including the location of things like traffic, drainage, roads, footpaths, bus stops and trees.

“The masterplan outlines strategies to help housing develop alongside the farming, industrial, recreational and low density housing areas nearby. Another major part of the masterplan is that it identifies an area for a future neighbourhood centre, which might include shops, childcare and medical facilities,” Mr Luxford said.

“This is a large area to rezone and develop, and this project has been in the pipeline for many years. Now is an ideal chance for the wider community to learn more and to have their say,” he said.

To help implement the first part of the masterplan, six separate planning scheme amendments will seek to rezone about 143ha of the precinct. The first of these – amendment C58 – is out for public comment now. Others will follow in the coming months.

You can read more and download the masterplan and C58 amendment. Comment on both is open until 30 June.