A planning permit for a four-hectare, low-density residential subdivision in the Tallarook township has been approved by Mitchell Shire Council.
The block, located about 220 metres north-east of the Tallarook Railway Station and abutting the Tallarook Outdoor Swimming Pool, will be developed into nine residential lots with an average lot size of 4639 square metres.
Residential lots, ranging from 4008sqm to 6313sqm will form an owners corporation with all lots accessed via 2954sqm of common property, which will have a single access point to Upper Goulburn Road.
The permit also grants the creation of access from a road zone and the removal of 0.7ha of native vegetation, including 19 trees.
At last week’s council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to approve the permit.
Cr Nathan Clark said the size of the lots was in line with the type of development council was looking for.
“I think it’s good to see development happen like this where it looks much more like to low-density residential development that used to exist throughout the shire, and has been replaced with the more conventional development that we find throughout metropolitan Melbourne,” he said.
“All the new developments you see through Kilmore and Seymour have much more to do with metropolitan Melbourne than they do with the historical low density developments that were typical throughout the shire.”
Cr Clark noted that during Australian Bird Week from October 18 to 24, reports found many native birds were disappearing from suburban areas and dying due to a loss of habitat.
“As we see … high density developments, we lose Australian animals, so on developments like this on larger blocks, I know that we’ve got homes for our little birds,” Cr Clark said.
Cr Bill Chisholm said it was a positive for a small town like Tallarook.
“[This] is a real transition between the rural and town-size blocks in the township of Tallarook,” he said.
“But also like other small towns, Tallarook needs to grow, they don’t want to be a major town or anything like that, but they do need a population to support the shops, the hotel, the school and other community facilities around there so I think this is a good one.”