Council to consider wind farm
07 Feb, 2012
WELLINGTON Shire Council will discuss an application of an extension of time for the planning permit for the development of a wind farm at Devon North at today’s council meeting.
The first council meeting of 2012 will begin at 1pm with the Shire’s new chief executive David Morcom in attendance after officially beginning his term on January 30.
The planning permit for the development of a sever-turbine wind energy facility at 144 and 190 Ingles Road and Bolgers Rd, Devon North was issued on December 21, 2007 with the permit due to expire if the development was not started within four years and completed within six years of the date of the permit.
An application to extend the permit was received by council on November 29, 2011.
If council grants an extension for the permit, development of the wind farm must commence before March 15, 2012. If council refuses the extension, the applicant can appeal the decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Council will also request that the Planning Minister prepare and approve the implementation of the adopted Sale, Wurruk and Longford Structure Plan and Sale CBD Precinct Plan.
Council adopted the two plans in 2010 with funding support from Regional Development Victoria.
If the Minister decides to support council’s request, the structure plan and precinct plan will be introduced into the Wellington Planning Scheme without further public exhibition.
Council’s urgency can be attributed to the regional significance of the two projects.
Council envisages growth in the Sale, Wurruk and Longford areas because of the potential expansion of the Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale.