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Potential Land Sale - 1632 Burwood Highway, Belgrave

Public notice

When the Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service (DRERS) moves into the new Belgrave Community Hub facility in mid-2018, Council’s property at 1632 Burwood Hwy will become vacant.

After reviewing future needs and ongoing costs, Council has determined that the building would no longer required for community use and now propose to investigate its possible sale.

The following information provides answers to some frequently asked questions about Council’s intention to investigate the property’s sale.

Here are some of our frequently asked questions:

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  • Why would Council consider selling this property?

    Why would Council consider selling this property?

    When Council opens the new Belgrave Community Hub facility in 2018, DRERS will finish its lease of 1632 Burwood Hwy and transfer all of its operations to the new facility.

    The new Belgrave Hub building is an example of Council’s strategic approach to community facilities and the creation of central ‘hub’ style buildings that provide a range of community activities and services under the one roof.

    This reduces costs to Council of maintaining multiple buildings, which in turn reduces costs to ratepayers. This also improves service experience for ratepayers, who can visit one venue for multiple reasons.

    This strategy also means that Council has the opportunity to investigate the sale of older vacant or redundant properties, whereby sale proceeds can be reinvested into capital works projects to meet current and future community requirements.

  • What would need to happen to ready the property for sale?

    What would need to happen to ready the property for sale?

    The property at 1632 Burwood Hwy is appropriately zoned for commercial use and doesn’t require subdivision, meaning there are no planning processes required to ready the property for sale.

    Council will, however, need to undertake a formal statutory consultation process before a decision can be made at a Council meeting whether or not the property is sold.

  • Would any of the car parking area be sold?

    Would any of the car parking area be sold?

    No. None of the adjacent car parking area is being considered for sale as part of this process.

  • Is the building heritage protected?

    Is the building heritage protected?

    No. Council is respectful of the age and origins of the former Belgrave Grammar School building. However, while the site was nominated for consideration in the Heritage Study 2000, it was assessed as not holding sufficient heritage significance to be included in the full study.

  • Has a decision already been made to sell the property?

    Has a decision already been made to sell the property?

    No. The Local Government Act requires Council to undertake a formal public consultation process before any decision can be made regarding the proposed sale of the land.

    A report will be presented to Council on Tuesday 12 September, seeking a resolution to begin that consultation process.

  • Will I get a chance to have my say regarding the proposed sale?

    Will I get a chance to have my say regarding the proposed sale?

    Yes. Council is required to give public notice of its intention to sell any property and to invite public submissions on the process. People who make a public submission can also address Council in support of their submission at a public Council meeting. This needs to be indicated on their submission.

    Council must consider all written and verbal submissions prior to making a decision on the sale of the land.

    Further details about Council’s intention to sell 1632 Burwood Hwy, including the public notice and details of the consultation process, will be available shortly through Council’s Have Your Say section of its website.

  • What would happen to the property if it is sold?

    What would happen to the property if it is sold?

    If Council approves the sale of 1632 Burwood Hwy, the property would be sold by either public auction or tender process.

    With a commercial zoning in place, it is likely that a purchaser would use the property for some type of commercial activity. Any applications for future development of the site would be subject to usual planning controls, with surrounding residents notified.

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