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Potential Land Sale - 30A Milners Road, Yarra Junction

Public notice

What is Council proposing to do with this property?

Following a review of its property portfolio, Council has determined that an area of vacant pasture land at 30A Milners Road is no longer required for Council use and so now proposes to investigate its possible sale.

Over the coming months, you may notice that Council will begin taking steps to prepare the land so that it can be considered for sale.  The following information provides answers to some frequently asked questions about Council’s proposal.

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  • Why would Council consider selling this property?

    Why would Council consider selling this property?

    Council considers that the land is no longer required for municipal purposes, and after reviewing the maintenance and upkeep costs against community needs, has determined that it should investigate the property’s sale.

    With the land located inside the Urban Growth Boundary, Council have assessed that the location and characteristics of the site could make it better suited for residential use, which could provide additional housing opportunities within easy reach of the Yarra Junction town centre.

    Council’s approach to reviewing its land holdings provides opportunities to reinvest sale proceeds into other capital works projects to meet current and future community needs.

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

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

    Two key things would need to occur for Council to consider the sale of the land.

    • Planning processes

      This is the first step toward preparing the land for potential sale. Because the land is made up of a number of irregular shaped lots, and the current zoning of the land is for municipal purposes, Council would need to undertake separate processes to consolidate the land and change the planning zone to Residential.

    • Undertake a formal community consultation process

    The Local Government Act requires Council to undertake a formal community consultation process before any decision can be made regarding the sale of its land. This is a separate process which would follow the planning processes.

  • What about the loss of open space?

    What about the loss of open space?

    The property is not currently reserved or zoned for recreation, and Council’s strategic review of the region’s Recreation and Open Space requirements did not identify the land as being required for that purpose into the future.

    The location and characteristics of the site make it ideally suited for residential purposes, which Council considers to be a more useful outcome for the community than the land’s current use. 

  • Will the bushland or wetland areas be affected?

    Will the bushland or wetland areas be affected?

    No. Council’s is only investigating whether or not it will sell the open, grassed section to the east of the bushland and wetland areas, shown in red line on the aerial photo.

    An environmental assessment of the bushland and wetland areas has not found that there are any rare or endangered species which would be impacted by this proposal.

  • 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 community consultation process before any decision can be made regarding whether the land will be sold.

  • 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’s formal statutory community consultation allows the community to make submissions on whether or not they feel the land should or should not be sold. People who make a public submission would also have the opportunity to address Council in support of their submission at a public Council meeting.

    Council is required to consider all written and verbal submissions before it can make a final decision on the whether the land will be sold.

    The public submission period to consider the possible sale would commence after the planning processes have been completed. Details on when and how to make a public submission would be made closer to the public submission period. Please register your interest on the Have Your Say page on Council’s website to be kept informed of when this will occur.

  • 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 30A Milners Road, the property would be sold by an open public auction or tender process.

    With Council seeking to apply a residential zoning to the land, it is likely that a future purchaser would look to use the land for some kind of residential development. Any applications for future development of the site would be subject to usual planning controls, with surrounding residents notified. 

  • Where would the money from the sale go?

    Where would the money from the sale go?

    If Council does decide to sell, the proceeds would be added in to Council’s Capital Works Program and used to fund major projects across the municipality. This is in line with Council’s Sale of Land policy and ensures that Council continues to create new spaces and facilities to meet the community’s current and future needs.

  • What happens next?

    What happens next?

    The first step is that Council will begin the planning processes required to consolidate the lots and have the land changed to a residential zone. These are open and transparent planning process and the community will be notified and invited to comment like with any normal planning application.

    These are lengthy processes which are expected to take a number of months.

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