The Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, The Hon Brad Hazzard MP last week approved the planning proposals for the rezoning of land at Yarrein Street Barham- formerly known as the Sundance Resort site- and the land between Murray Downs Drive and the Murray River at Murray Downs.
This follows the approval in March of the rezoning of riverfront land at East Barham Road for residential development, known as Riverlife Development.
All three rezoned sites have river frontage and when eventually developed will feature much-demanded riverfront residential lots.
Wakool Shire Mayor, Cr Andrew Douglas said it was another long-awaited box ticked for these development projects.
"The recent approval of the rezonings concludes a very lengthy process for each proposal, which has taken up to two years in the case of one application," he said.
Cr Douglas said that Council has expressed its concern to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure on several occasions about the length of time it takes to process planning proposals that result in the rezoning of land.
"Whilst we understand the thorough procedures required to review applications, the amount of new issues that suddenly get presented by various Government departments throughout the process is extremely frustrating."
"There is no doubt that the disjointed manner of inter-departmental liaison is what ultimately delays the finalisation of these types of proposals."
"However despite delays, Council welcomes this eventual positive result which will now allow developers to continue to progress with plans," he added.
The recent rezoning approvals have the capacity to provide approximately 210 additional residential lots at Barham and 190 additional residential lots at Murray Downs.
"This will both boost the residential land supply and provide greater choice in the residential land markets in both centres," Cr Douglas said.