Jackass Flat approval for 1200 lots

| Bendigo Weekly | 05-Apr-2011 2:10pm

A SIMONDS home at Jackass Flat

PLANNING Minister Matthew Guy has approved an amendment to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to rezone land at Jackass Flat for new residential development.


The decision will enable developers to create up to 1200 new residential lots to cater for Bendigo’s ongoing growth.

The first stage of Jackass Flat rezoning saw the approval of the largest ever subdivision approval for Simonds Developments, while the second amendment brings another substantial area of land onto the market for housing development of a larger scale.


City of Greater Bendigo Director of Planning and Development Prue Mansfield said the Minister’s decision was the culmination of seven years of extensive site investigations, community consultation and strategic planning by the City of Greater Bendigo.


“We began with the development of the City’s Residential Development Strategy in 2003-04 which provided guidelines for the sustainable development of housing to cater for future growth.


“Jackass Flat was identified as the first of four new development areas and a detailed  Local Structure Plan was prepared which investigated the economic, environmental, social and cultural needs of the area. This was followed by two amendments to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme.


“The process did take longer than anticipated, but some complex issues and State Government policy issues emerged during the process. Some of these were ‘tested’ during this process, in particular how native vegetation is incorporated into development, and then protected for the long term.


“Through the Jackass Flat Local Structure Plan the City aimed to “raise the bar” in terms of new residential development and sustainability requirements, our approach to open space and the management of native vegetation. 


“The Minister’s decision is great news because it paves the way for Jackass Flat to develop into Bendigo’s newest residential community.''


Ms Mansfield said the approval would allow Simonds and other developers to provide new housing options which would in turn help relieve some of Greater Bendigo’s land availability pressures.

She said while a small area within the Jackass Flat has some issues with salinity and groundwater, specific planning controls are now in place to manage this, and that the developers were required to engage an expert consultant to prepare a Salinity Management Plan for parts of the Jackass Flat area where there are obvious signs of salinity.


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