Direction from Planning Panels Victoria
All submissions received by the VPA were referred to an independent planning panel for consideration. A directions hearing was held on Friday 11 May 2018 and the following directions have been given by the Panel:
- the Panel Hearing has been deferred to late August to allow for further investigation and planning work to be undertaken
- this further work and all proposed post-exhibition documentation will be circulated to all parties to the Amendment by Monday 16 July 2018.
- A second directions hearing will be held Thursday 2 August 2018 at Planning Panels Victoria, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne.
- the independent Planning Panel hearing will commence on Monday 20 August 2018 at a venue yet-to-be-determined in Shepparton.
Amendment C118 to the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme
The Shepparton North East PSP will provide up to 1,500 homes to accommodate a population of more than 4,000. The PSP outlines the development of a new neighbourhood that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding urban framework of Shepparton, while providing employment opportunities and improving community facilities and local parks.
Shepparton North East PSP is one of five proposed major growth corridors in the Shepparton-Mooroopna urban area. The precinct is located in the north-east of Shepparton and is within the settlement boundary of the city. The PSP will support an existing government primary school and an existing non-government primary school with adjoining place of worship.
Key opportunities for the precinct include:
- Improvements to open space network;
- Provision for a local convenience centre and community facility;
- Integrate with existing Activity Centre and employment areas;
- Improvements to drainage, and;
- Deliver local road networks.
You can read more in the community newsletter here.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is an independent statutory authority that reports to the Victorian Minister for Planning and acts as the state’s strategic planner.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public space and affordable housing for our growing population.
Several planning strategies including Plan Melbourne 2017- 2050, the Hume Regional Growth Plan 2014 and the Greater Shepparton Housing Strategy 2011 identify Shepparton as a key residential growth front for regional Victoria.
To deliver these strategic initiatives, the VPA and Greater Shepparton City Council have prepared the draft Shepparton North-East Precinct Structure Plan, a development contributions plan, and the associated Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme Amendment C118 to incorporate these plans and ultimately facilitate the implementation of this plan.
It is important we help our regional cities attract new residents by planning for vibrant new communities, providing affordable housing and a pleasant lifestyle. By creating new, well-planned neighbourhoods in Shepparton we are helping keep housing affordable.
This is a draft precinct structure plan that guides how the development of land should occur within the precinct, including the type of land uses and infrastructure that is required to service the precinct. It describes how and where services and infrastructure should be developed.
The plan proposes to rezone approximately 177 hectares of land from Farming Zone to Urban Growth Zone to facilitate development for primarily residential purposes. The plan includes detail of the number and location of local parks, retarding basins, roads and intersections, community facility and schools to service the future community.
It provides certainty to the local community, developers and investors about how this area should be developed in the future.
The plan has been developed over recent years with significant input from Greater Shepparton City Council, various state government agencies and departments, utility providers, developers and landowners within the precinct.
This plan is on exhibition from Thursday 8 March – Friday 13 April 2018. During this time any group or individual may make a submission to the plan, requesting changes, expressing concerns or supporting the plan.
After exhibition the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Council will review all submissions and make contact with submitters to learn more about their suggestions or concerns about the plan.
If necessary, this plan will then be reviewed by an independent planning panel.
The plan proposes:
- 1,500 new homes for an expected population of 4,000 residents
- Five retarding basins
- Five areas of open space, including a district park
- A local convenience centre and co-located community centre
- Tree-lined connector roads to cater for local bus routes
- Shared bicycle and walking paths connecting to schools, community facilities and open space
- Land to accommodate potential expansion of the two existing schools within the precinct, Grahamvale Primary School and Shepparton Christian College.
A development contributions plan has been prepared in conjunction with this plan, requiring developers to contribute over $39 million in levies, to help pay for roads, parks, a community facility and the drainage network.
The development contributions plan specifies a levy to be paid per net developable hectare. This levy will be paid by developers of land within the precinct, to Greater Shepparton City Council which is responsible for delivering the necessary infrastructure.
The amendment proposes to apply a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) to land where the provision of open space, roads, intersections, retarding basins and the community facility are required.
Greater Shepparton City Council will be the acquiring authority. It will be Council’s responsibility to purchase the land affected by the PAO and deliver the public infrastructure required on that land. Council will rely on the funds paid through the development contributions plan and will deliver the relevant infrastructure item at the time it is required to service the precinct.
Exhibition of this Amendment closed on the 13 April 2018, The VPA and Council will review all submissions and may meet with submitters in order to resolve issues raised by submitters. If the VPA and Council cannot resolve all submissions an independent Planning Panel will be requested to consider all submissions and make recommendations on the plan and associated planning scheme amendment.
Ultimately the final amendment adopted by the VPA will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval and gazetted into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme.
How will the community and local businesses be affected?
Existing businesses in the Apollo Drive industrial area will be able to continue operating without interruption. There will be no connectivity from the precinct into the existing industrial area to the south.
The plan ensures there is an adequate distance between future residential land and existing industrial uses in order to mitigate potential amenity impacts from these existing uses. Thus the continued industrial operations to the south will not be expected to modify their operations to accommodate the future residential growth of the area.
The plan includes one new intersection onto Grahamvale Road. The extent of additional traffic onto Grahamvale Road from the precinct as a result of the future residential community will have minimal impact on the freight traffic along Grahamvale Road.
The plan also provides a street within the precinct adjacent to Grahamvale Road / the Goulburn-Murray Water irrigation channel that runs along Grahamvale Road that will provide a sufficient separation distance and sound buffer between future dwellings within the precinct and the traffic along Grahamvale Road.
The Victorian Planning Authority (the VPA) and Greater Shepparton City Council (council) have released a […]