This decision has been taken to enable further opportunity for residents concerned about the future development of 100 hectares of privately owned land in The Basin to provide their feedback.
Consultation for the strategy began in March last year but the second round of consultation has coincided with an independent expression of interest process to sell the land.
There are several safeguards already in place that limit future development of this land.
The site is entirely located outside the Urban Growth Boundary, which limits any potential for more intense development. Any change to the Urban Growth Boundary requires majority support of both houses of the Victorian Parliament.
A full planning scheme amendment process would then be required to rezone the land. This process would involve community consultation and require approval from both Council and the Minister for Planning.
Council’s ability to challenge any inappropriate development proposal depends on the evidence we can provide to justify our decisions and demonstrate how we are planning for housing needs and other social and economic outcomes elsewhere.
Knox has extensive green wedge land that is important for agriculture, rural living, biodiversity and recreation.
The Green Areas and Rural Strategy covers these areas, including all land outside the Urban Growth Boundary, and will be an important document to guide land owners, developers, Council and adjudicators such as VCAT about what is and isn’t appropriate in any future development of these areas.
The strategy proposes specific actions to protect the unique environmental and social values of each precinct. Proposed actions include habitat restoration, protecting view lines and cultural heritage, supporting agriculture and tourism, walking and cycling connectivity, and improved access to parklands.
Consultation closes Thursday 23 December. For more information and to have your say go to knox.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay