At 15th March Bass Coast Shire Council meeting the councillors accepted the recommendation of the planning staff and voted unanimously to:
“ defer consideration of the proposed Planning Scheme amendment for Cape Paterson North to a future Ordinary Council meeting pending submission of a revised proposal”
This was expected as, according to the Sentinel Times, the developer had requested a deferral.
Several councillors spoke about the amendment:
• Some councillors raised concerns about the lack of consultation with the community.
• One councillor was uncomfortable with the fact that by rezoning all of the land at once, it would remove any control from future councils for the duration of the project, which could be for the next 30 years or more.
• One councillor was concerned that the developer should have an opportunity to modify the development to try to satisfy the community, and noted that developers should be encouraged to forward proposals. This was supported by one other councillor.
• There appears to be some councillor support for the proposal but community opposition has eroded some of the support for a complete approval.
• The revised proposal is expected to reduce the number of allotments to between 400 to 500 lots.
• The possibility of consultation between the CPRRA and the developer’s representatives is more than likely, and to represent the community we will need your support.
CPRRA members will be sent an email update as soon as we have any more news.