Issued Wednesday 9 August 2017
The City of Casey has expressed its support for a permit application to upgrade a roundabout at the entrance to the Berwick Springs estate on Greaves Road at its Planning Meeting last night, Tuesday 8 August.
While the developer has asked to have the matter heard at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Council resolved to advise VCAT that, had it been in the position to determine the application, it would have supported the permit.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said the project would benefit thousands of residents who use the busy thoroughfare.
“This decision takes us a step closer to handing management of this busy road to VicRoads who can then advance their plans to upgrade it for the benefit of the entire Casey community,” he said.
Cr Aziz said while a small group of residents remained opposed to the upgrade, he believed the concerns of those residents had been addressed in the permit application.
“The developer will be required to reinstate trees and the bluestone entry feature of the Berwick Springs estate,” he added.
Council’s support of the application follows a community information session and a lengthy period in which residents were able to make submissions on the proposal.
Cr Aziz said by exercising their right for the matter to be determined by VCAT, the developer had ensured the matter would be resolved quickly by the independent planning tribunal.
“Ratepayers are no doubt looking forward to the State Government taking responsibility for the road which it has indicated will be upgraded to relieve the significant traffic congestion which currently plagues it,” he said.
The Mayor added that VCAT would be advised of Council’s support for the permit application.
In February, Council resolved not to alter the location of the redeveloped roundabout due to the significant cost of moving it to the north.
“We must consider the application for any planning permit on its merits and in this case, the proposal is in accordance with the provisions of the Casey Planning Scheme, is supported by State Government agencies with conditions and strikes an appropriate balance between the broader traffic and road network connections and the environmental considerations to the north,” Cr Aziz said.
Having already been decided, the location of the roundabout was not a consideration in the permit application.