Hospital plan, motel on the cards

THE draft Hospital Precinct Structure Plan is expected to be released for public comment this week. 

The draft focuses on land use, public spaces, mobility and infrastructure for the 165-hectare precinct surrounding the new Bendigo hospital development.

It is underpinned by five main objectives: Establish a park-like setting for the hospital, extend the city centre, define a compact health precinct, create high-quality public boulevards, and improve and diversify mobility and access.

A report to the City of Greater Bendigo says the most significant objective is transforming Bridge Street into a contemporary main street destination while also extending Bendigo’s city centre.

Strategy manager Trevor Budge said implementation of the structure plan would take 25 to 30 years.

“The plan features 24 strategic directions and the implementation of any actions would be done with the involvement of other agencies and landowners," he said. 

In other council news, councillors will vote on several developments at this week's ordinary meeting. 

Council officers recommend the approval of a 22-room motel at High Street, Kangaroo Flat. 

Plans include 14 one-bedroom apartments, four two-storey and four three-storey dwellings, to cater for increasing demand for affordable housing in the region. They will also vote on the rezoning of land at Duncan Court, Junortoun and parts of Duncan Court and McIvor Forest Drive road reserves from Low Density Residential Zone to General Residential Zone. 

The proposal also notes rezoning three council-owned reserves from General Residential Zone and Low Density Residential Zone to Public Park and Recreation Zone.

There has been 13 submissions, with five referred to the Independent Panel. Key issues include traffic impacts and change to the character and amenity of the area. 

Councillors are recommend to approve the rezoning, subject to conditions. 

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