Planning amendments a public affair

The community satisfaction survey showed residents want better sealed roads.

Planning amendments covering Woodend, Kyneton and Riddells Creek will be sent to the planning minister for authorisation after being ticked off by Macedon Ranges council last Wednesday.

The three plans, adopted by the council in 2013 and 2014, include improved design requirements to protect neighbourhood character and overlays for the commercial and retail sectors of Riddells Creek and Woodend.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that while she didn’t agree with everything in the documents, it was important for them to be put out to the public.

The amendments will be exhibited once authorisation is received, while unresolved submissions will be referred to an independent panel before a final decision is made.

Cr John Letchford said the plans were the result of extensive consultation, which was especially vigorous in Woodend.

‘‘This is only now the start of the process,’’ Cr Letchford said, adding that people could go to the panel with any concerns.

The council also adopted a combined planning amendment and permit to pave the way for the sale of land in Bowkett Close, Romsey, with money to be directed to creating an all-abilities park at a former school site.

Part of the school site, in Main Street, will be leased to Cobaw Community Health under a separate agreement.