Riddell’s planning in the hands of the board

The controversial structural plan for the Amess Road enclosure at Riddells Creek will remain in the hands of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

The controversial structural plan for the Amess Road enclosure at Riddells Creek will remain in the hands of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Last week, councilors voted to keep the council the responsible authority for the PSP against the council official’s recommendation to hand over powers to the Victorian Planning Authority.

East Ward Councilor Annette Death said it was important to have the PSP from the start and that the council was a “driving force” of the project.

“Once the PSP is approved and incorporated into the master plan, future planning permits will be exempt from notification requirements and review fees – which would mean that the community has no right of response,” he said. she declared.

“It is important that the council works with our community to obtain the best results that are respectful of our peri-urban environment and our neighborhood character.

The PSP has faced various delays in accessing technical documents and the community has not been informed of its progress since March 2020.

It was Cr Death who called for a report on the PSP in June, including available options.

MRSC’s Director of Strategic Planning and Environment, Rob Ball, said it was reasonable to assume that all parties were “equally frustrated that the enclosure structure plan process led by the developer was ‘did not progress in a timely manner’.

The request has been with the council since February 2020 and council agents have expressed that there are many benefits to the VPA taking over authority.

Mr. Ball said some of these benefits included: no additional funding or resources from the board; an independent body to solve the problems; Skills and expertise APV; and create a faster, less resource-intensive process.

But councilors voted 8-1 in favor of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council continuing the current developer / developer-led process.
They also voted to provide quarterly updates to the Riddells Creek community and explore possibilities for VPA assistance.

VPA support may include potential funding and technical assistance with: the Riddells Creek movement study, the Riddells Creek structural plan, and the infrastructure required to support the city’s future growth.
A report on the status of the Riddells Creek Movements Study will be presented to council in November.

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