A Development Plan is a design tool which illustrates preferred development outcomes and identifies the necessary key infrastructure required to facilitate development of a large area of land in a co-ordinated and integrated manner. It prevents a piecemeal approach to development and avoids poor land use planning outcomes, which can lead to disjointed and underserviced growth.
As a long-established area identified for general residential development in the ‘Heyfield Structure Plan (December 2011) including update on Firebrace Road (2013)’, the land subject to the Development Plan Overlay 1 (DPO1) was rezoned with the approval of the Minister for Planning via Planning Scheme Amendment C72 in December 2014 to allow standard density residential development to occur. The fundamental principle of general residential living on the land has therefore been formally established in legislation.
As a requirement of the Wellington Planning Scheme, the Development Plan has been prepared to demonstrate, in detail, how the land can be developed for general residential purposes, in accordance with the relevant planning provisions. The Development Plan for the Residential Areas (comprising 19 Weir Road, Heyfield) has been prepared in response to the requirements of Clause 43.04 of the Wellington Planning Scheme: Development Plan Overlay – Schedule 1 (DPO1).
A well-formulated Development Plan serves as a ‘linking’ tool between the established planning direction and on the ground development outcomes and in doing so, aims to guide Council, development proponents and the community on how this area of Heyfield should be developed over time.