CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors pushed for Fortuna's heritage features to be retained and for public use of the site when they approved rezoning plans on Wednesday night.
They have passed an amendment to rezone the historic site to a Comprehensive Development Zone.
As the site is no longer in government ownership, a rezoning to a private zoning is required.
This rezoning will allow the site to be used for accommodation, boutique retail and residential purposes, while retaining and respecting the heritage features.
The zone requires that prior to any residential development occurring on the site, further development plans and design guidelines will need to be prepared.
A neighbourhood character overlay which currently covers a small portion of the site will also be removed.
The previous uses and historic mining in the area indicate potential contamination on the site.
An environmental audit overlay is to be applied.
This will ensure any contamination is mitigated before the site is used for residential and other sensitive uses.