Willowbank Road proposal

Macedon Ranges council is inviting feedback for the Willowbank Road planning scheme amendment and planning application (Damjan Janevski). 322848_01

Macedon Ranges council is inviting community feedback until June 13 for a Willowbank Road planning scheme amendment and planning application.

In an announcement on May 10, council said the amendment and application would see a long-envisaged development of commercial land on Willowbank Road to service the needs of Gisborne’s south residents.

The proponent-led application seeks to rezone the vacant residential land at 101-105 Willowbank Road in Gisborne to a small commercial zone.

This rezoning would provide localised shopping and services to a growth area which council has earmarked for such a development since 2009.

Council’s director for planning and environment Rebecca Stockfeldsaid the proposed development would reduce car dependency and enable residents to access basic shopping needs more easily.

“A commercial offering has been a long-term strategic vision for this area,” Ms Stockfeld said.

“Having localised options will help service the needs of the growing population, complementing what Gisborne’s town centre currently provides.”

The plans for the site include; a small supermarket, a medical centre, office and cafés, and 57 car parking spaces.

The site will also make use of and include; recycled materials, rooftop solar, storm water and an electric vehicle charging station.

The proposal can be viewed online or in-person at council’s Gisborne and Kyneton service centres, and council said it will consider all submissions and appoint an independent planning panel if necessary.

Details: mrsc.vic.gov.au/your-say

Zoe Moffatt