We’re planning to transfer 340 hectares of our land to the Crown for conservation purposes, and rezone and sell the remainder on the open market.
This land, located in Christmas Hills, was previously earmarked for the Watsons Creek Storage Reservoir. The reservoir was eliminated as a viable option following a 2012 review of potential future augmentations of Melbourne’s water supply system. Today, approximately 1000 hectares remains in Melbourne Water’s ownership.
As part of the planning for rezoning the land we have to consider various factors, including:
- environmental values
- bushfire risk
- cultural heritage
- service availability
- potential land contamination
- landscape character
- the provisions of the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.