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Planning Panel requested for Planning Scheme Amendment C144

Media Release

At the July Council Meeting, Council resolved to request the Minister for Planning appoint a Planning Panel to consider submissions received for Amendment C144 – Traralgon West Development Plan Overlay.

The Panning Panel is now scheduled for the week starting 9 September 2024.

The Amendment applies to the Traralgon West Precinct which is approximately 331ha in size and is comprised of 205 lots zoned Rural Living Zone, Low Density Residential Zone or Farming Zone.

The subject area is bounded by Traralgon West Road to the north, Traralgon township to the east, the Princes Highway to the south and the Traralgon Airport and existing Rural Living subdivision to the west. Significant parcels within the Precinct include the Hollydale Strategic Development Site and the Traralgon Golf Club.

Amendment C144 was placed on exhibition from 2 May 2024 to 3 June 2024. This included notification to landowners, agencies, authorities, real estate agents, planning consultants, prescribed Ministers and local Ministers.

On 15 and 23 May 2024 Council Officers held two consultations sessions at the Traralgon Golf Club for all community members who were interested in finding more information about Amendment C144. Over the two days, 55 people attended the sessions.

A total of 15 submissions were received. Six submissions supported the Amendment or requested changes to the Amendment which were supported by Council, nine submissions objected to the Amendment. Of the nine submissions objecting to the Amendment, four have been resolved while five remain outstanding.

Mayor of Latrobe City Council, Councillor Darren Howe, shared that a Planning Panel is a critical step in the Amendment process.

“Council appreciates and acknowledges all written submissions received and has noted the issues raised along with the Officers’ responses in the Council report. These submissions will be referred to the Planning Panel appointed by the Minister for Planning,” said the Mayor.

“The appointment of an external agency will ensure an impartial examination of submissions is conducted to provide us with the appropriate recommendations based on a thorough and objective review.”

East Ward Councillor, Councillor Dan Clancey also expressed that by obtaining an unbiased perspective, Council is showing their commitment to transparency and integrity.

“This amendment directly impacts people in our community, therefore it’s Council’s responsibility to take all necessary steps before a final decision is made. An independent review is a fair solution, and Council will continue to communicate and engage with the community as things progress,” said Cr Clancey.

The Planning Panel will create a report that will be considered at a future Council meeting. View further information about the Amendment in the July Council meeting agenda, including all submissions here:

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