SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will release its Rural Land Use Strategy (RLUS) on its website today (Wednesday August 10).
The culmination of five years of research and consultation with the South Gippsland community, the strategy is expected to open more opportunities for dwellings on small lots and allow for tourism ventures compatible with nearby farming. It should simplify Council’s rural policy and planning tools. The introduction of a Rural Activity Zone in strategic locations will allow for new tourism enterprises to develop in areas that currently are very restrictive.
“By introducing the RLUS and the Rural Activity Zone, we will provide opportunities for residents and business owners,” said Mayor Warren Raabe. “Finalising Council policy means landowners and developers can make more informed decisions about their land.”
The Strategy’s preparations and exhibitions have attracted much community comment which is reflected in the revised content.
“It is a clear and succinct guide to assist landowners to easily understand land use policy and the new planning tools for the rural areas,” said Cr Raabe.
The RLUS will be considered by Council at its next Ordinary Meeting, to be held at Nyora Public Hall in two weeks’ time – at 2pm on Wednesday 24 August.