Recent comments on applications from Macedon Ranges Shire Council, VIC

  1. In Gisborne VIC on “11 Lot Staged Subdivision...” at 65 Fersfield Road Gisborne VIC 3437:

    Annette & Stella commented

    Dear MRSC, We disagree with the repeated destruction of Gisborne habitats. By all means, subdivide if you need to but do it wisely & with the least damage to trees environments. The removal of native vegetation & specifically eucalyptus trees in our area is becoming too common & should be deemed unnecessary, unhealthy, threatening to well being & illegal. If people are choosing to move here then they need to be advised that they will live with the trees & Council need to be mindful of the importance of old growth trees & stop making excuses for their removal.

  2. In Riddells Creek VIC on “Removal of Native Vegetation” at Sutherlands Road, Riddells Creek VIC 3431:

    Jenn Hornstrand commented

    May I ask what is your definition of "Native Vegetation"?

    Do you mean our Mature native trees?

    In these times of 'climate change', when we need our mature growing trees to;

    - Offset carbon emissions
    - Provide habitats for local birds, fauna
    - Provide Food for local Bee's
    - Provide a barrier for Noise cancellation from local train station

    Our entire local community, (humans, birds, bees, environment) benefits from having mature native trees.

    Regards Jenn Hornstrand

  3. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Geoff Rayner commented

    This development is not in the right location. This is a RESIDENTIAL ESTATE
    and this development even goes against the councils own Geenfield Policy.

    We are currently building a home located within the Autumn Views Estate where the development has been proposed to be located. We chose the location of Autumn Views for it's quiet atmosphere and family orientated feel, located in a small country town. When purchasing the block of land, we had no knowledge of the possibility of a child care center and/or medial center being considered as a possible development within the estate. We were told that the 4 Blocks in question were reserved for Display Homes. Now that we have heard of the proposed development we are regretting our purchase of land at this location and would have chosen another location to invest our money into.

    A facility that includes a 53 space car park and facility that will be in operation from 6:30am to 10pm at night will cause issues to the emotional well being and physical safety of local residents. The increased traffic flow will create unnecessary noise and safety risks to residents. The streets within the Estate were not built to accommodate such an amount of traffic and will also cause added congestion to the already congested Melbourne-Lancfield Road, especially during peek hour times. The increased traffic will destroy the infrastructure put in place resulting in further costs for the council and rate payers of the community. Many future residents of the estate have chosen this location for the quite atmosphere that will allow them to raise children in a safe environment. With the increased traffic flow (some 200 odd movements per hour) from a 53 space car park in this location is an accident waiting to happen.

    The Autumn Views Estate currently consists of less than 100 blocks that are located within a Greenfield zone. The building restrictions for land located in a Greenfield zone involves significant setbacks for each lot. the proposed development would not be abiding by the requirements of the zoning which have been enforces for those currently building within the estate, such as myself. From my understanding the purpose of land being allocated as Greenfield is for it to be a residential area that takes into account the key environmental elements of the town and the traditional characteristics of Romsey. The Greenfield policy intention statement states that it is to
    "Ensure the future subdivision of the greenfield area provides a form of development that reflects valued features of adjoining residential areas and creates a new neighbourhood character which consists of low scale single storey dwellings set within a landscaped setting."
    The proposed development does not align with the planning for the future of Romsey and the Greenfield area as stated within the Macedon Ranges Shire Council own Romsey Residential Character Study Design Guidelines.

    There are many alternative locations within the Romsey community that this development would be more welcomed by residents. The center of town is allocated as a medium density area and would be much more suited to a structure of this proportion. The infrastructure within the medium density area would also better support the increased traffic and general requirements of this facility.

    It is clear from the current conversations occurring amongst residents of the estate and many other residents of Romsey that this development has no support in this location.
    Put a stop to this development or seek an alternative location

  4. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Emma Rayner commented

    I am currently building a home located within the Autumn Views Estate where the development has been proposed to be located. I chose the location of Autumn Views for it's quiet atmosphere and family orientated feel, located in a small country town. When purchasing my block of land, I had no knowledge of the possibility of a child care center and/or medial center being considered as a possible development within the estate. Now that I have heard of the proposed development I am regretting my purchase of land at this location and would have chosen another location to invest my money into.

    As a future resident of Romsey, I do not believe that the town is in need of another medical center. It is unnecessary considering Romsey already has three medical facilities that are easily accessible and are not disruptive to the every day life of residents wishing for a calm an quite environment to live in. A facility that includes a 53 space car park and facility that will be in operation from 6:30am to 10pm at night will cause issues to the emotional well being and physical safety of local residents. The increased traffic flow will create unnecessary noise and safety risks to residents. The streets within the Estate were not built to accommodate such an amount of traffic and will also cause added congestion to the already congested Melbourne-Lancfield Road, especially during peek hour times. The increased traffic will destroy the infrastructure put in place resulting in further costs for the council and rate payers of the community. Many future residents of the estate have chosen this location for the quite atmosphere that will allow them to raise children is a safe environment. With the increased traffic flow from a 53 space car park in this location is an accident waiting to happen.

    The Autumn Views Estate currently consists of less than 100 blocks that are located within a Greenfield zone. The building restrictions for land located in a Greenfield zone involves significant setbacks for each lot. the proposed development would not be abiding by the requirements of the zoning which have been enforces for those currently building within the estate, such as myself. From my understanding the purpose of land being allocated as Greenfield is for it to be a residential area that takes into account the key environmental elements of the town and the traditional characteristics of Romsey. The policy intention statement states it is to "Ensure the future subdivision of the greenfield area provides a form of development that reflects valued features of adjoining residential areas and creates a new neighbourhood character which consists of low scale single storey dwellings set within a landscaped setting." The proposed development does not align with the planning for the future of Romsey and the Greenfield area as stated within the Macedon Ranges Shire Council Romsey Residential Character Study Design Guidelines.

    There are many alternative locations within the Romsey community that this development would be more welcomed by residents. The center of town is allocated as a medium density area and would be much more suited to a structure of this proportion. The infrastructure within the medium density area would also better support the increased traffic and general requirements of this facility.

    It is clear from the current conversations occurring among residents of the estate and many other residents of Romsey that this development has no support. Put a stop to this development or seek an alternative location.

  5. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    David Missen commented

    After years of seeing blatant mismanagement of development in Wallan under Mitchell Shire Council, I was looking forward to the prospect of not only being in an estate with decent-sized blocks, but being under a Council that is known to be quite strict in their planning. It is with great surprise to now learn that a small residential estate with no proper carriageway access for high traffic movement has a development application for a medical centre. Conservatively, there would be no less then 250 cars a day JUST for the medical centre (6 doctors/shift; 4 patients per hour), plus 90+ homes with 2 cars each (at least) and a day care which would be 50 cars approximately? Just with that alone, may I say, "ambience, ambience, ambience". Eyesore is the nicest thing I can say. I am still confused as to how a commercial-zoned business can be built in a residential estate.

  6. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Rebekah Pratt commented

    My husband and I made the decision to leave Sunbury and move to Romsey so our 3 young boys could grow up in a quiet rural area.
    Originally we put a deposit down on one of the 4 blocks in question and were told that we could not have that block as it was to be used for a childcare centre. We were then offered lot 176 instead. There was no mention of a medical centre at this time. Had we known, we would have looked for land elsewhere.
    Consequently we are now building our dream home on lot 176 and all of the bedrooms are on the Poplar Drive side of the house. The noise, traffic and lights from the medical centre will be incredibly disruptive to us especially with the proposed operating hours.
    I have no objection to the child care centre as I have known about this from day 1 and the hours that the centre will be open will not directly affect my family.
    Please listen to the residents of Autumn Views Estate and find a better location for this medical centre. Our dream of a quiet and safe neighbourhood for our children is at stake.

  7. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Joel Skepper commented

    Whilst it would be good to have a child care in town (very much needed) the location needs to be changed. Having a child care and large medical center at the entrance to the small estate, on a small entrance road from Lancefield Rd, is a dangerous risk.

    This will cause congestion on a corner of a busy highway that already has high levels of road accidents.

    These 2 businesses are better located in town, where they can be safely built on the side access road. They will also benefit from additional foot traffic and other businesses in town will also realise that benefit.

    I am moving to this town for it’s pride of place and strong planning regulations. Please enforce these by ensuring these 2 businesses are appropriately relocated outside Autumn Views and within town where they should belong

  8. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Aaron Bennett commented

    The noise and traffic entering and leaving the entrance of this small estate is going to be DANGEROUS. Melbourne lancfield road is dangerous enough as it is with the amount of fatalities it has had.

    They even put the safety barriers in the middle of the road leaving romsey and nearly every kilometer along it has been collected by a car.

    Imagine peak our traffic with the vehicles turning into the main road leaving this development and impatient drivers. Nobody wants to see a fatality at the entrance of this estate on Melbourne Lancefield road

    Put a stop to this Macedon Shire Council.

  9. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Elise Skepper commented

    We have purchased in this estate and while happy to have a child care close by a medical centre is not needed, there is already plenty in town(3 that I counted) and it is no suitable for an estate of this size.
    We strongly object this medical centre

  10. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Luke green commented

    Our drive way (Lot 181) is completely opposite the entrance and exit to this development. We sold our house in a busy suburb to escape the traffic and noise and move to a quiet rural area in Romsey.

    We we're well unaware of this building going to happen, if we knew I guarantee we wouldn't of bought this block of land but our house is already at handover stage.

    The traffic and noise that's going to be entering poplar drive will be immense. The hours of the facilities doesn't given the families are break.

    We check on our house being built daily and sometimes cannot exit the estate because of the amount of cars either coming in or leaving romsey on the main road.
    I can almost guarantee you the high risk of huge car accidents to happen from so many vehicles exiting poplar drive.

    Romsey doesn't need this in a small estate. Come on Macedon Ranges shire council! NO NO NO

  11. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Concerned Resident commented

    Strongly oppose, this area is for families to enjoy and raise their families in a quiet part of Victoria, we have had to fight of mining and now this? Please consider the safety of families and children being able to
    move freely around the streets of their neighbourhood. There are easily othe opportunities to build this facility in Romsey and closer to the CBD or Main Street and in commercial/industrial areas. I don’t feel like this facility if it’s in with the greenfields guidelines and will have major impact on the desired outcomes of that planning documents intent. The hours of the medical centre are extremely excessive (over 70 hours a week of heavy traffic, noise pollution and facility lighting and vehicle lights) on small for a small rural town in a small rural street and will have major traffic implications for residents and commuters using Melbourne Lancefield Road. The intersection of Melbourne Lancefield Road and Poplar is way to close to the intersection of M/L Road and Lomandra estate entrance/exit as it is without adding an abundance of traffic attempting to chicken run across M/L Road to get to the facility. Extremely intrusive for residents adjoining the facility, to the peace and quiet nature we believed we would have in such a lovely town, do not sell us out. As I said the Romsey business district could use this facility and the developer could easily invest in current infrastructure or knock down and rebuild this facility closer to the town centre to the be of other small business and without determinant to families of Macedon Ranges Shire families.

  12. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Archer Marshall commented

    Plenty of dumps in the central business area that could use this sort of investment and not effect the residents and families. I strongly oppose this development. Families won’t be able to get out of their own driveways in some cases, this is insane and will mean YOU councillors will be looking for new jobs come election I can promise you that. I hope the kickback is worth it...........

  13. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Amelia guest commented

    Purchasing land in autumn views at a premium price was what I thought was a good decision to join a lovely small estate on the outskirts of romsey having grown up in the area.
    Any development of this nature in the estate is something that needed to be communicated to the purchasers prior to their contracts, as this is something that would definitely affect people's decision to purchase. A child care centre is one thing but health Care is something that will severely affect the livability in the estate. Long hours, huge client base, cars clogging up the already tiny streets, turning what was a small rural estate into just another urban suburb. You will deprive the estate of what makes it a country town.
    The phenomenal devaluation of the land that we have paid a premium for, planned our family homes around and invested our lives savings will be devastating.
    The betrayal of the residents if you allow this to continue will not be worth it to please the developer of this health care & child care centre.

  14. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Sara Gregory commented

    My family & I strongly object to this development. This small housing estate has within it a significant majority of young families and first home buyers looking to start families in the short term. They bought in this estate in the hope that they would have peaceful and overwhelmingly *residential* enjoyment of their homes, in some cases - dream homes. This includes us. There is a serious and credible threat to upcoming valuations on stage 2 blocks when they finally title that may compromise many families ability to fulfil their already signed and executed building contracts if this goes ahead.

    Furthermore, this is likely to create an immense influx of traffic into the polar/maple roundabout, particularly at childcare pick up time but also into the night of the GPs are there late. This will massively disrupt the quiet enjoyment of homes built on lots 176, 181, 184 & 225.

    It is clear from even a very tentative survey of the land owners that this development has zero support with current land owners and if anything is likely to drive stage 2 owners out (several of whom are already discussing pulling out of the estate) and drastically reduce interest in any remaining or future land sales.

    Please do not destroy the hopes and the dreams of some 60 odd families who all wanted to invest their future in this town, and who all believed this would be their chance to finally get their piece of Regional Victoria, away from developments like this. Families who have already been waiting so so long for their land to be ready to build on. Who are banking completely on the increased value of their blocks of land. To wait this long, only to have a massive commercial traffic machine that will shine lights and noise into the bedrooms of the house on 176, into the bedrooms & living rooms of the house on 181, that will invite sirens, children's screams, people with infectious ailments and so much more that no-one here could have ever known was a possibility when they unwittingly bought their blocks for their dream homes...

    Please. 100+ hearts (owners & partners) just sunk massively tonight. Please don't ruin what we have all worked so hard to keep hold of and build for ourselves. Romsey does not need it. And we don't want it.

  15. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Jason Marshall commented

    No thanks, I will live across the road and I was already worried about traffic and my 2 year old son...now I have a 54 car parks across the road? And when they are full where next? this is residential land not a profit centre. Please consider the families that have spent their life savings on moving to a peaceful area to raise their families. No no no!

  16. In on “Use and Development of the...” at 4 Poplar Drive Romsey VIC 3434:

    Stephanie Pisaneschi commented

    We are just about to receive our keys for our brand new dream home. Unaware we have purchased a block right opposite a new Medical and childcare centre. This is a new estate of less then 100 blocks. I can assure you, no one would have brought this block of land knowing they would be sharing a dead end street with a 53 car space, 6.30am-6.30pm Childcare centre (5 weeks- 5 years old) nor a 11 staff operated, double storey Medical centre open from Mon-Sat 8.30-10pm.
    As a resident of Romsey, we certainly do not require another medical centre, especially in a brand new estate, and to the scale of this proposal.
    I have started a Petition to put a stop to this.

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