Warrnambool council to ponder housing proposals

WARRNAMBOOL’S growth will be on the agenda tonight, with housing developments in Dennington north and near the Warrnambool golf course to be discussed by the city council.

The latter development — a plan for 47 residential lots to be created at the western end of Younger Street — has already raised the ire of nearby residents, with 18 submissions made regarding the proposal.

Issues raised in the submissions include negative impact on views, the removal of key open space in the area, flooding concerns, environmental impacts and the effect on nearby property values. 

The 18.5-hectare development is spread across two parcels, one owned by the Warrnambool Golf Club and another by the Coffey family.

Council officers have recommended the development for approval, but with amendments and conditions.

Councillors will also be asked to vote on whether to ask state planning minister Matthew Guy for an independent panel to be appointed to look at 17 submissions made in response to the proposed north Dennington development.

The council has received submissions from the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat, Fonterra, and concerned residents, as well as numerous relevant agencies and authorities.

Councillors will also vote on a recommendation for the council to be a guarantor on a loan for Warrnambool RSL as part of plans for a $2 million redevelopment of the sub-branch’s Artillery Crescent building.

The RSL plans to create a welfare hub, double the size of its hospitality area and add more parking. Warrnambool City Council often signs as loan guarantor, including previous recent arrangements with City Memorial Bowls Club, Warrnambool Returned Services Club, Old Collegians Football Club, Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club and Warrnambool Pony Club.

Also on the agenda is:

n the audio recording and live-streaming of Warrnambool City Council meetings, as previewed in Saturday’s Standard;

n parking in the vicinity of the Archie Graham Community Centre;

n ongoing discussion about rule changes for Hopkins River users; and

n proposed changes to dog laws on Warrnambool’s beaches.

mneal@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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