IT IS full steam ahead for a major residential subdivision in Foster.
Developers Gary and Joan Wallis now have a planning permit for a staged 50-lot subdivision in the Varney Road area of Foster, as advertised last September. Since then the development has been through South Gippsland Shire Council.
Engineering approval has been given to Stage 1 of the development, and Mr Wallis expects that in a few weeks’ time final engineering approval will be given to Stage 2.
“This will allow us to undertake road construction and services for around 26 lots. Pegging out of the blocks by surveyors is expected this week,” said Mr Wallis.
“We anticipate construction of the infrastructure, including underground power, street lighting, double footpaths and other services to commence by the end of this month.”
The land in question is behind the Catholic Church. Locals may be relieved to hear that there will still be a clear paddock for the kangaroos which commonly gather in the area!
The blocks will range in size from 400 square metres for two-bedroom units to 600 square metres suitable for three or four-bedroom houses with wide frontages. Most will be this size, though there will be a couple of extra large lots at the highest point of the subdivision measuring 1400 square metres.
“They will be of mixed sizes to cater for different community needs. We anticipate those on the flats will be particularly attractive to retirees, given their proximity to the medical centre and Banksia Lodge,” said Mr Wallis.
He said there had been no objections to the development, but rather lots of excitement.
“People recognise that there will be economic benefits for many of the businesses in town and of course it will increase the shire’s rate base. We’re expecting the development will result in a boost in employment for local tradesmen. Local builders and tradesmen are rising to the occasion and coming up with some attractive designs.”
People can now buy off the plan and should direct their enquiries to any of the local agents, all of whom are handling the sales of the blocks.