Planning items considered by Council at meeting
Published on 11 September 2020
At its Scheduled Meeting on 9 September, Murrindindi Shire Council considered three planning proposals, submissions to the proposals and Council officer recommendations.
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of issuing a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for use of land (the existing old Thornton Primary School building) for a café at 3 Back Eildon Road, Thornton. The café will have seating capacity for 36 patrons and include both sit-down and takeaway food, serving breakfast and lunch, as well as morning and afternoon teas and hot drinks for patrons.
Council’s Land Use Portfolio Councillor, Margaret Rae, said three submissions from neighbouring properties were considered at the Meeting, including objections about the noise, traffic and environmental impacts.
‘Councillors decided the issues raised by objectors could be managed through permit conditions, such as setting regular opening times for the café and conditions on excessive noise.
‘This application is supported by local and state planning policies and the café will be a fantastic addition to the local community and to visitors to the Thornton area’, Cr Rae added.
‘Following a recommended motion, Council also issued a Notice of Decision to grant a permit for the use and development of land for group accommodation at 86 Moores Road, Flowerdale.
‘This application sought approval for the use and development of the land for the purpose of group accommodation, comprising six cabins and a communal building for guests.
‘After careful consideration, including consideration of all written submissions and hearing from seven objectors in relation to environmental, aesthetic and traffic impacts, Council resolved that the application should be supported subject to a detailed range of permit conditions. These conditions included an amendment to Condition 8 to state that cabins must not be used as a permanent place of residence and must comply with the timeframes applicable to holiday and short-stay accommodation.
‘Finally, and after much deliberation, Council issued a Notice of Decision to grant a planning permit for the use and development of land for a cemetery, associated signage, car parking to the satisfaction of the Responsible Authority, alteration to access to a road in a Road Zone – Category 1 and the removal of native vegetation (2 trees) at 265 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Kinglake Central.
‘The application proposed that the cemetery will cater to the needs of the Kinglake Ranges and wider Murrindindi Shire community and will include a lawn cemetery, Children’s Memorial, Pioneers’ Memorial Garden and Veterans’ Memorial Garden.
‘A total of 117 written submissions was received from the public, both in support of, and objecting to, the proposal and Council also heard from twenty submitters at the meeting.
‘After a lengthy discussion of the relevant planning policies and the key themes outlined in the submissions, the majority of Councillors (four out of seven) resolved that the application should be granted with a minor adjustment to one of the conditions that outlines the hours of operation. The hours of operation relate to the times in which funeral ceremonies can take place and do not impose restrictions on the times that people are allowed to visit the cemetery’, added Cr Rae.
For more information about these planning applications and Council’s decisions, click here.