Gracetown Expansion Under Consideration

Plans to expand the size of Gracetown townsite are moving ahead, with members of the local community invited to appraise the proposal and give their valuable feedback to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

The news article “Gracetown under review” has full details on this story. It says the following, “The proposed expansion would provide for up to 140 residential dwellings on a 14.4-hectare portion of the elevated 258 hectares of unvested Crown land located to the immediate south/south east of the existing townsite.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1419407/gracetown-under-review/?cs=1429

The development of Gracetown was touted for the first time in 1998 in a joint local and state government planning policy. From the perspective of Gracetown, the plan involves almost a doubling of the size of the existing townsite.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Manager of Planning & Development Nick Logan said that the development of Gracetown had been cited in planning documents for over a decade.

“The expansion has been included in strategic planning documents since the inception of the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge State Planning Policy in 1998,” Mr. Logan said.

“In the years since then investigation, research, consultation and planning has been undertaken by the proponent, LandCorp.

“In March 2011, the council received the proposal and determined it was suitable for the purposes of consultation.

“The proposal was then subject to consideration by the Environmental Protection Authority.

“This process has been finalised and the plans are ready to be reviewed by members of the public.”

Mr. Logan further said that the development involved the use of unconventional servicing methods and alternative layout.

“The development proposes wastewater treatment and grey water reuse services which will also be provided to the existing townsite,” he noted.

“Residents would need to pay to connect to these services, and existing and future residents would likely fund fire management and servicing through a Specified Area Rate.

“Extensive open space areas, incorporating vegetation management for fire protection about these dwellings, would be vested and maintained by the shire.”

The proposal is scheduled to be released on April 16th for public consultation, with brochures on major issues available at www.gracetown.landcorp.com.au.

Members of the local community can find out more during the open day held by LandCorp on Saturday, April 27th, from 10 am to 2 pm, in the shire council chambers at Wallcliffe Road.

You can read more about Gracetown here

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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