A NEW swag of ocean-view residential blocks will soon be on the market after Warrnambool City Council this week adopted the first stage of a planning scheme amendment for former farming land south of Hopkins Point Road.
Thirty hectares between the road and the Southern Ocean with room for about 100 blocks has been given the last local tick of approval. It follows a long process which started when a 2004 urban land use report identified the area as one of four suited to fill Warrnambool’s shortage of housing land to meet an expanding population.
City councillors this week unanimously approved the amendment which will be forwarded to Planning Minister Matthew Guy’s office for gazettal.
Another stage involving 90ha north of Hopkins Point Road is likely to be sent for final approval next year after landowners sign agreements for provision of infrastructure.
The rezoning also gives the council management control of the foreshore strip to retain public access.
City growth director Bill Millard described it as “quite a precious area of land which will ad to diversity in Warrnambool”.
He predicted once the amendment was approved by Mr Guy and the subdivision plan took shape developers would probably move to a presale process early next year.
Councillors also lauded the development as an example of great location with proposed block sizes and shapes attracting new residents seeking relaxed lifestyles.