THE Victorian Planning Authority and Cardinia Shire Council last week released the draft Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP), which provides the framework for the development of a new community with a population of up to 22,000 people.
The draft Pakenham East PSP has been released as part of the exhibition of Amendment C234 to the Cardinia Planning Scheme, which proposes rezoning the majority of land to Urban Growth Zone Schedule 5, introduces the Heritage Overlay to three heritage sites and introduces Schedule 2 to the Incorporated Plan Overlay to ensure the development of environmentally sensitive land is carried out in accordance with the PSP.
The proposed amendment also introduces the Residential Growth Zone for the first time to the Cardinia Planning Scheme, with the provisions of this zone to apply to selected land within a 'walkable catchment' of high amenity features and public transport, such as the local town centre.
The draft plan applies to 630 hectares of land bounded by green wedge land to the north, Mt Ararat Road to the east, the Princes Freeway to the south and Ryan Road and Deep Creek to the west. It supports the development of approximately 7,100 new dwellings, a local town centre, two government primary schools, one non-government primary school, one government secondary school and 43 hectares of open space.
The PSP seeks to respond to the area's landscape values by retaining key hilltops and viewing points within parks, and ensuring development retains view lines to and from these areas. It also seeks to retain environmental values along the Deep Creek Corridor, with open space along the creek to support recreational opportunities.
The Pakenham East area was included as a 'logical inclusion' within Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary in 2012 following a review by the Victorian Government. The draft PSP for Pakenham East forms part of the Victorian Government's 100,000 lots program, which aims to plan for 17 new communities throughout Melbourne by the end of 2018.