Vic Planning Minister Fast tracks Geelong Planning Proposals For Growth

City_Hall,_Geelong-Victoria-Australia,_2007Thousands of Geelong jobs have been fast-tracked through the planning approvals process by the Victorian State Government.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy In October announced the fast-tracking of a number of job-creating major projects in the Geelong region, including:

  • Sustainable Farms agribusiness project at Lara
  • A major retail and logistics precinct at Avalon Airport
  • Expansion of supermarket planning provisions, allowing Aldi to expand locally
  • Improved Geelong CBD investment attraction with streamlined zoning rules
  • Final implementation of reformed residential zones for Geelong
  • Streamlining a major Fyansford residential and commercial development
  • Planning approval of the Winchelsea-Colac Princes Highway duplication
  • Simonds Stadium light tower signage
  • Rezoning of the Lovely Banks future growth area to Urban Growth Zone
  • Approval of the Armstrong Creek Town Centre structure plan

More than 3000 jobs will be created by the new fast-tracked projects, with another 5400 jobs to be generated at the recently approved Armstrong Creek Town Centre.

A re-elected Napthine Coalition Government will also fast-track planning approvals in Geelong's industrial precincts, including the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct.

Mr Guy said Geelong has already been a leader in using 10-day VicSmart permits to fast-track CBD approvals.

"We will put in place fast-tracked approvals for manufacturing, warehousing and logistics projects by July 2015. With this new reform, Geelong's industrial precincts will be the most attractive in the state for job-generating investment," Mr Guy said.

"This reform will boost the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct as an ideal location for investment. Geelong's best days are ahead of it, not behind.

"We have worked hard for Geelong for the last four years, and the projects fast-tracked today will be generating jobs for the next 5 to 10 years.

"Mayor Darryn Lyons has worked tirelessly to promote jobs growth and advocate creative ways to attract job-generating investment. The council's work in fast-tracking planning approvals has undoubtedly helped to boost confidence for investors in Geelong," Mr Guy said.

Implementation of Council's residential zones will protect neighbourhood character and enable the construction industry to generate jobs through new infill projects where appropriate.

Liberal candidate for Geelong Paul Kontelj advocated on behalf of Manifold Heights residents to have local Residential Growth Zone changed to a General Residential Zone. The Government has since agreed to the variation.

"This is a logical change that will protect the neighbourhood character of Manifold Heights, thanks to Paula Kontelj's hard work," Mr Guy said.

"Geelong Council should be commended for conduting one of the best residential zoning processes in Victoria with fantastic community engagement."