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Potential Purchase: 13 Green Street, Healesville - Update

Submissions close at 05:00PM on Friday, 17 November 2017

The Yarra Ranges community is invited to make further comment about the potential purchase of the land at 13 Green Street, Healesville, after Council received a sale price from the Valuer General.

VicTrack is pursuing the sale of the land adjacent to the River Street carpark, and offered Council and other agencies the opportunity to express interest in purchasing the land.

From 31 July-29 August, Council circulated a survey, asking people in the 3777 postcode to have their say on the potential purchase of the Green Street land based on VicTrack’s initial estimate of the land value, being $400,000.

Council received 184 comments regarding the potential sale, 165 of which (89.7 per cent) were in favour of purchasing the site.

Fourteen responses (7.6 per cent) were against the purchase, while five responses (2.7 per cent) were classified as neutral or uncertain.

In late September, Council received the Valuer General of Victoria’s valuation of the land, at $1.185 million. That valuation is used to determine the sale price of the land.  

The higher-than-expected valuation is based on the highest and best potential use of the land, which would be developing the land for commercial development.

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The land at 13 Green Street, Healesville.

Ryrie Ward Councillor, Fiona McAllister, encouraged Healesville residents to have their say and share their comments about the proposal.

“When this land came up for sale, we wanted to know right away what the community thought about Council potentially purchasing it,” Cr McAllister said.

“We had an overwhelming majority of survey responses in favour of purchasing the land, but we want to know the community’s thoughts now the final price has been decided.

“We are told this new valuation represents the value of the land in terms of its potential, if it were to be re-zoned and developed for commercial use.

“If Council elected to purchase the land, it could be re-zoned to a Public Park and Recreation Zone for retention as open, green space. If it is to be sold by VicTrack through the open market, it could be developed for commercial purposes by any new owner.

“Again, this is the critical time for residents to provide their thoughts about whether Council should purchase this land for the community.”

The 1716 square metre land parcel is currently leased to Council by VicTrack and is used by the Healesville Community Market once a month.

Should Council elect to purchase the property it is likely to be funded in part from the Public Open Space Fund which is used to fund improvements to parks and reserves within Wards.

The fund currently has $664,000 available for Ryrie Ward, which would direct all available funds to purchasing the land in lieu of undertaking other current open space improvements within Ryrie Ward.  

The remainder of the $1.185 million would likely need to be approved through Council’s Capital Expenditure Budget.

The online survey will be open until 5pm on Friday, 17 November. 

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