Plans for a 74-apartment complex and onsite medical centre in Warrnambool's east have been unveiled.
The proposed two and three-storey development on the corner of Dales and Aberline Road will consist of one and two-bedroom townhouse-style apartments.
The complex, called Gateway Apartments, will also include a playground, communal garden and a medical centre with eight consulting suites and a pathology room.
The development aims to fill a gap in the market for higher density affordable housing.
A development plan has been lodged with Warrnambool City Council for public comment and submissions which close on November 11.
The company behind the project, Reid Developments, said the area's demographics and future demand called for diversity in housing including low maintenance smaller lots and accessible housing.
"This development caters for this gap in the market by offering a range of dwelling structures," it said.
"Whilst there are house and land packages being sold, there are less quality choices for purchasers looking for affordable, low maintenance in the sub-$300,000 price bracket."
The apartments are marketed as being a great option for retirees wanting to downsize, but also for inter-generational housing for families who want to live next to one another but have their own autonomy.
"The Gateway Apartments also address the needs for increasing housing choice and diversity health care with a new medical centre planned on the corner of the site," development plans say.
The apartments range in size from 62 square metres to 95 square metres.
Original plans for the development attracted a petition signed by 24 objectors who raised concerns about the density of the complex, the height, visual amenity and increase in traffic on an already busy intersection.
Councillor Mike Neoh said plans for the complex have since been scaled down with the number of apartments on the site reduced and onsite car parks increased.
The Dales Road development follows the announcement last week of a similar development on Mortlake Road - a $9 million three-storey residential village which includes 93 apartments, a medical centre and two food outlets.
The development plan before council was not a planning permit application.
Under the provisions of the development plan overlay, any future planning application would need to be in accordance with any endorsed development plan and would be exempt from notice and review.
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