The City of Greater Geelong wants to change land-use in four areas of Drysdale through Amendments C194 and C103 to its Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. Each is currently open for public consultation and each is likely to increase residents' rates.
Through these two amendments, the Council wants to rezone the area bounded by High, Eversleigh & Princess Streets from 'Residential' to 'Business', with a consequent rates increase; and the area bounded by Princess and Woodville Streets, Clarendon Road & the back of the buildings facing Murradoc Road from 'Farming' and 'Low Density Residential' to 'Residential 1' (i.e. high density housing), with a consequent rates increase.
The Council also wants to rezone 9-15 Spring St. and 17-29 Spring St. (both Council-owned), plus 13a Princess Street, to 'Residential'; and to rezone land next to the Potato Shed to develop it as a recreational 'hub'.
Anyone who may be affected by the proposals can tell the council their view about them. Written submissions are due by 18 January 2010 to CoGG's Strategic Planning Unit, P.O. Box 104, Geelong 3220.
The Drysdale & Clifton Springs Community Association (DCSCA) is watching the consultation process closely. 'These Amendments are the Council's Drysdale & Clifton Springs Structure Plan in action', said Association Secretary, Patrick Hughes. 'That Plan went through a similar consultation process, yet it reflects very few of the forty submissions it generated.'
More information about the Amendments is available from the Council's Customer Service Centre, Hancock St., Drysdale; by phone on 5272 4820; or on the Council's web site: www.geelongcity.vic.gov.au/council/yoursay/
The Clifton Springs Golf Club is organising a petition of its members to express its opposition to the rezoning of the properties in Spring Street. DCSCA officers will meet Golf Club officers next week to co-ordinate their actions around these two Amendments.