LEONGATHA is ready for growth with 12ha of land to be rezoned and approved for high density housing (lots under 1000sqm).
South Gippsland Shire Council approved the rezoning and Development Plan Overlay for a further 60ha at its meeting on Wednesday night meeting.
However, the land at the intersection of Gibson Street and Shingler Street isn’t available just yet for new homeowners – council’s decision still needs to be approved by the Minister for Planning Richard Wynn.
Amendment C65 proposes to rezone 12ha at 77 Gibson Street, Leongatha from Farming Zone (FZ) to General Residential Zone (GRZ1).
It will also apply a Development Plan Overlay (DPO) to approximately 60ha of land covering the rezoned area and land adjoining to the south and west which is in the same ownership.
The DPO is to be applied to the entire area identified as ‘Urban Expansion’ on the western boundary of the township in the ‘Leongatha Framework Plan’ in the Planning Scheme.
In addition, Environmental Significance Overlays will be removed from the land and their requirements included in the provisions of the DPO Schedule; the deleted ESOs include: areas susceptible to erosion and area susceptible to flooding.
The plans were exhibited for a month garnering 12 objections.
They were referred to an Independent Planning Panel.
The panel members recommended the council adopt the amendment in February as it was consistent with the Leongatha Framework Plan.
The land had been identified for many years as an area suitable for residential development, providing long term and staged residential growth.