28 ACRES LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT - Designated Residential Growth Corridor
##### THIS PARCEL OF LAND IS DESIGNATED UNDER HOPETOUN PARK NORTH FUTURE RESIDENTIAL GROWTH CORRIDOR BY VICTORIA PLANNING AUTHORITY #####
Hopetoun Park North Precinct description delivered by Victoria Planning Authority (VPA):
Hopetoun Park is an existing low-density residential community. The area to the north has potential for a greenfield expansion at more conventional (i.e. smaller) lot sizes than the existing lots to the south. This would create three to five years’ land supply located at the eastern edge of the Bacchus Marsh District, in a relatively isolated area with limited local community facilities. Residential expansion can be leveraged to deliver new local-level community facilities. Future development applications will need to consider improving the existing road connection from Hopetoun Park to the arterial network.
The development of the potential Hopetoun Park expansion area is primarily expected to deliver local level infrastructure and its timing is therefore not dependent on sequencing within the wider Bacchus Marsh District. When planned, early precinct development should deliver the local centre. Built form considerations during precinct planning will need to protect the green break between Melton and Bacchus Marsh that contributes to gateway views to the centre and wider Central Highlands region.
Precinct planning principles
• Plan for a small town expansion integrated with the established neighbourhood that provides new local-level community infrastructure.
• Consider opportunities to improve road connections in and out of the precinct onto the Western Freeway as well as Hopetoun Park junction with Old Western Highway.
• Identify and define the existing character of Hopetoun Park and establish principles for a preferred character.
Define the eastern and western edges with the escarpment:
• Provide a perimeter road along the top edge of the escarpment with pedestrian and cycling trails on the outer edge of the road cross-section.
• Establish building envelope limits to manage gateway views when arriving in Bacchus Marsh.
Define the northern edge with the Western Freeway:
• Establish building envelope limits to manage views from the Western Freeway and Avenue of Honour.
The population of Bacchus Marsh is estimated to double over the next two decades to around 40,000 residents. This growth presents an opportunity to provide needed infrastructure and build the local economy, and importantly, encourage continued housing affordability. Work commenced on the Bacchus Marsh UGF in late 2014. A request was made to the Minister for Planning in 2015 to prepare an amendment to the planning scheme. Subsequently a project brief was developed between the parties and a scope of works was signed off by the Minister for Planning.
Bacchus Marsh will be an emerging regional growth centre, providing metropolitan-edge convenience, set within a distinctive agricultural valley framed by steep escarpments and significant waterways. Bacchus Marsh will be planned as a rural city in a farming district and as the gateway to Victoria’s Central Highlands region.
Bacchus Marsh will draw new residents, investors and tourists due to its liveability, comparatively affordable land, diversity of residential lot sizes, access to services and attractive landscapes. The Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District is a food bowl for Victoria, and a range of other state-significant natural resources present opportunities for economic growth. As a rural city, Bacchus Marsh’s service role and investment in education, health, retail and local industry will be strengthened. The combination of landscape, natural resources and liveability are unique to Bacchus Marsh and will be central to managing future growth.
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