Bendigo council to decide on Aspire Precinct, heritage study, Lansell Crest, flood study and parking petition

A PARKING petition and proposals with the potential to affect thousands of Bendigo properties will come before the city’s council during its meeting next Wednesday.

The Aspire Precinct, the White Hills and East Bendigo Heritage Study, the Lansell Crest housing development, and the Bendigo Urban Flood Study are among the prominent items featuring in next week’s meeting agenda.

The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst is seeking to progress plans to build a multi-million dollar interfaith precinct in Bendigo.

The Aspire Precinct is described in the application as a place of assembly, including a theatre, library learning centre, exhibition space, meeting space and hall.

Its construction, adjacent to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, would involve the demolition of fences, partial demolition of an the existing parish hall and sections of the former paint shop, and alteration of access to a road.

The recommendation to council is to resolve to issue a notice of decision to grant a permit for use and development of land for a place of assembly, subject to conditions.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke will not vote on the issue, as a leader of the Aspire Foundation.

Following years of work, the council has been recommended to adopt an amendment to the Bendigo Urban Flood Study.

About 5500 properties would be affected by the decision, would could add or remove an overlay.

The proposal would affect properties yet to be established, as it would ensure flooding was considered in development proposals.

Council staff believe the amendment would vastly improve planning scheme information for managing flood risk.

City staff have also recommended the council adopt an amendment to a planning scheme that will expand the city’s heritage overlay in White Hills and East Bendigo.

More than 460 properties will be affected by the decision.

The amendment would create five new heritage precincts and extend two existing precincts.

Council will, on Wednesday, decide whether or not to adopt or abandon an amendment that would lift the cap on dwelling numbers for the proposed Lansell Crest development.

A state government planning panel has thrown its support behind the proposal, which would lay the foundations for a total of 104 dwellings to be built.

The City of Greater Bendigo has received more than 100 objections to the increase in housing density.

The council has been recommended to support the proposed changes.

Further permits would be required before development could begin, but would not be subject to public notice.

An overlay of the potential Lansell Crest development. Source: The City of Greater Bendigo.

An overlay of the potential Lansell Crest development. Source: The City of Greater Bendigo.

People who petitioned the council to urgently address the availability of on-street parking near Girton Grammar School and the Sacred Heart Cathedral are likely to get a response as a result of the meeting.

The recommendation to council, published as part of the agenda, was to inform petitioners of an upcoming review to the Residential Parking Policy.

The eight-year-old policy is to be reviewed this financial year.

Mayor Margaret O'Rourke (left) has been re-elected mayor. Councillor Jennifer Alden was elected deputy mayor.

Mayor Margaret O'Rourke (left) has been re-elected mayor. Councillor Jennifer Alden was elected deputy mayor.

Re-elected mayor Margaret O’Rourke and her new deputy, Jennifer Alden, will be officially sworn in to their roles during a special meeting of council on Tuesday.