A PLAN to make more land available for residential development on the north-west outskirts of Timboon will go before Corangamite Shire Council tonight.
The council’s planning officer Andrew Lancashire has recommended the plan be approved by the council after no objections were received.
The Planning Scheme Amendment C35 is to rezone land to the west of Curdies River Road from farming zone to low-density residential zone to allow the property owner to subdivide eight residential blocks of between 4200-5000 square metres each.
The amendment also proposes to rezone a larger area behind the strip from farming zone to rural living zone, which will allow the subdivision of nine rural lots of between 3.2-18 hectares in size.
The site is part of a former 95-hectare dairy farm on the edge of Timboon and is close to the town’s recreation reserve and golf course.
There is already residential housing in the area.
The council’s sustainable development director Ian Gibb said the rezoning would satisfy a growing demand for land in the area.
“Only 12 lots have been subdivided for low-density residential living in Timboon over a 22-year period, yet the figures show there is a strong demand for residential blocks and larger lots of land as farmers in the area retire and want something closer to town,” Mr Gibb said.
If the council adopts the amendment, it will apply to the state government to approve it.
Other issues to be discussed at the council’s meeting at Camperdown tonight are a recommendation for the council to take over the provision of the Timboon three-year-old kindergarten program.
The move would mean the council would take over the employment and supervision of staff for the kindergarten program but would be reimbursed by the kindergarten committee for staff costs.
Another recommendation calls for recreation reserves at Derrinallum, Skipton and Lismore to be designated as Neighbourhood Safer Places, which are places of last resort during a bushfire.