A large parcel of land (9.6 hectares) in the ID_Land masterplanned community ‘Elements’ in Truganina is identified by the Truganina Precinct Structure Plan as a ‘potential non-government school site’.
Despite its best efforts including a marketing campaign, ID_Land was unable to secure any interest from a non-government school operator for the site. As a result, Collie assisted with providing town planning advice on the alternative residential development use of the site and applying to Wyndham City Council (Council) to amend the subdivision to allow for the creation of house lots via a secondary consent application. This included the justification for the change in use.
Council refused the application on the basis that the potential school site remained strategically justified. The decision was appealed by ID_Land to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and the case proceeded to a full hearing.
The VCAT decision determined that every reasonable attempt had been made to secure a non-government school operator and that given the pace of surrounding development, it was not appropriate to require ID_Land to hold onto the land until some future time when a school interest may emerge. As a result, subdivision of the land with 227 lots for residential purposes was approved by VCAT.
Collie was pleased to assist ID_Land both with the initial application and in providing town planning advice leading up to the VCAT hearing.