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Have your say on the future use and development of land in Moira Shire

Publish Date: 16/12/2016

Moira Shire is encouraging residents, businesses, investors and developers to provide feedback on proposed revisions to Moira Shire’s Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) that forms a key part of the Shire’s Planning Scheme.

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said, "The MSS shows how we will implement Victorian Government planning requirements and it also explains the policies and principals that Moira Shire wants to achieve for the use and development of land across the Shire".

"It is fundamental to how we want our Shire to grow and develop so we are encouraging anyone with an interest in the future of all or parts of the Shire to share their views."

Moira Shire’s current planning scheme was adopted in 2002.

"Much has changed across the Shire in the past 15 years. Not only do we need to bring the MSS up to date, we also need it to provide appropriate guidance for the future."

Council commissioned an independent review of its MSS. The review proposed changes to the structure as well as the content of the current MSS. For example there is improved use of maps to illustrate the future zoning in and around towns and townships.

The content has also been updated to reflect the recommendations of Council’s Small Towns Strategy that was adopted in 2013.

"The Small Towns Strategy explored how our smaller towns and communities can support sustainable growth. The proposed update makes the Strategy a key part of our future land use planning," said Mayor Cleveland.

Council is required to follow a statutory process for seeking public feedback on the MSS. Ads are appearing in local papers and the Amendment is on display at Council service centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga, Visitor Information Centres in Numurkah and Nathalia and on Council’s website and the Victorian Department of Environment Land Water and Planning’s website.

"We have extended the feedback period and we also welcome interested individuals to discuss their views with officers at drop in sessions in Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram and Yarrawonga in early February 2017," said Mayor Cleveland.

All feedback received in writing by 5 pm Tuesday 28 February 2017 will be provided to the Government’s Planning Panels Victoria. The Agency will invite individuals to present their feedback in person at panel hearings later into 2017.

"For further details on how to provide your feedback in person, in writing or online visit our website or talk our Customer Service teams in Yarrawonga and Cobram," said Mayor Cleveland.

"All feedback is welcome. You can comment on the entire MSS or you may wish to provide feedback on a specific section. The most important step is ensuring you share your views on this critical planning document."

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