Have your say

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Melton residents are invited to have their say on proposed changes to the Toolern Precinct Structure Plan and Developer Contributions Plan.

The council has proposed changes for the plans, which cover areas around Cobblebank, Strathtulloh, parts of Thornhill Park and Weir Views.

The proposed plan was one of the first of its kind in Victoria when it was initially adopted in 2010.

In the 14 years since it was developed, the Melton municipality has experienced unprecedented growth.

To ensure the Toolern PSP area is supported with the essential infrastructure it requires such as roads, bridges, foot and bike paths, drainage, public and community spaces, the council undertook an extensive review process of the documents.

The review found significant shortfalls in funding and land being reserved for key transport, community and recreation infrastructure.

To address these issues, the council has proposed a substantial increase in development

infrastructure levies, paid by land developers.

Melton deputy mayor Steven Abboushi said as the fastest growing region in Australia they know there are challenges.

“As a Council we want to ensure that we can manage this growth in a sustainable and equitable way. We want to provide our residents with the essential infrastructure a growing and thriving community deserves,” he said.

“The review process for the Toolern PSP and DCP documents has involved many project stakeholder groups. It has been extensive and thorough, but it was important we got the basics right.

“We are confident the amendments to the Toolern PSP and DCP will ensure the suburbs of Cobblebank, Strathtulloh, Thornhill Park and Weir Views are liveable, prosperous and vibrant.”

Submissions close May 16.

Details: conversations.melton.vic.gov.au/AmendmentC232melt