The power of people…
Here is a good news story from the folks in Brown Hill:
Good morning BE Net,
Please post this so people can see you can change some things…
I would like to share with you our success story from the Gracefield Drive Brown Hill development. After we objected to the original subdivision plan we had a mediation meeting. That went OK with the developer giving some small ground. At the mediation we gave all the good reasons why we objected and the developer came back with a new plan.
First plan was 24 blocks from 400sqm to 600sqm. Second plan was 21 blocks from 400sqm to 1000sqm. Also included was a 850 sqm “open space”. The blocks facing Gracefield drive have been reduced from 6 to 3 to match the block sizes of the area. Still not addressing some very important issues for surrounding properties.
We then invited Councillor Noel Perry to attend a meeting of the residents on site in Gracefield Drive. Councillor Perry did come out to the meeting where we were able to demonstrate to him our concerns. He acknowledged our concerns and then arranged for some council engineers to come and inspect the site. They did and made some sensible observations.
The final planning permit from council to the developer has 30 important conditions. Some being curb & gutter with stormwater facilities to avoid flooding in Jarvie Crt which runs off Gracefield Drive. This was not addressed in the developers original plan. A cul-de-sac at the end of Jarvie court so service trucks can turn . This was not in original plan. Footpaths from Jarvie Crt & the new subdivision on Sawmill Close to the open space. No footpaths in original plan. A playground in the open space not in original plan. Planting of substantial trees and a complete street scape not in original plan. We will lose some mature trees from the plan these being Cyprus, English & 5 native gums. Council has also undertaken to address a chicane and the continuation of Sawmill close to Daylesford road to ease traffic concerns.
While we did not get 100% of our objections we believe we will now have a subdivision that fits with the character of the area. We understand that it is inevitable these developments will occur but hopefully we can make the area a great place to live.
Yours in progress