SOME 40 hectares of farm land on the north western edge of Bright could be rezoned as residential lots to give the township more room to grow.
Alpine Shire councillors last week resolved to submit the proposed rezoning amendment to the Victorian Minister for Planning for approval.
Council’s decision, which was opposed by Cr Daryl Pearce, seeks to help address Bright’s shortage of residential land.
A Residential Land Review (RLR) adopted by council in 2005 identified Bright only had nine years of suitable land available, and in the past decade no amendments have taken place within Bright to increase supply.
Council was told the critical levels were pushing development into rural areas, with acting director of sustainable development, Nick Vlahandreas, saying Bright only had three years of residential land supply left.
Rezoning the 40 hectares of Farming Zone land on the Great Alpine Road on the north western edge of the Bright township – which the RLR identified as the preferred area of urban growth for Bright – is expected to provide sufficient residential land for the next eight to 10 years.