Rural land strategy must be consistent, fair, meet needs

Date: 1 April 2014
Rural land strategy must be consistent, fair, meet needs

SOURCE: Wangeratta Chronicle 

TWO of Wangaratta’s principal rural real estate agents say that fairness, consistency and recognition of community needs should be the key tenets of a revived rural land use strategy for the city.


Garry Nash of First National Real Estate Garry Nash and Joe McKenzie of Landmark Harcourt told the Wangaratta Chronicle on Friday that the adoption of a strategy – in what would be the city council’s third attempt – would be worthwhile, but only if it met landholder, market and community expectations.


Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) last week announced a $33,600 grant to enable a socio-economic impact study of Wangaratta’s proposed strategy.


Incoming rural city chief executive Brendan McGrath has said finalising the city’s rural land use strategy “with a minimum of fuss” is a priority.


The 2011 draft of the city’s strategy drew unprecedented rural community opposition, and ministerial intervention, and led to a more palatable revised strategy, which a new council adopted, and set aside pending review.


The current revised strategy enshrines the right to build a house on an existing lot of 40ha or more, limits lots created by subdivision to a minimum of 40ha, and requires landholders to seek a planning permit to build a house on a lot of less than 40ha.


It also does away with a contentious rural conservation zone proposed in the draft.


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