Changes to Colac growth plan

Elliminyt property owners John Calder, left, and Shaun Scanlan pushed to have changes made to the Colac 2050 Growth Plan at a special council meeting in Colac on Wednesday.

Two Elliminyt property owners have swayed Colac Otway Shire Councillors to change a 30-year Colac growth plan to better reflect how they want to develop their land.

John Calder and Shaun Scanlan presented their submissions on Colac Otway Shire Council’s 2050 Growth Plan at a special council meeting in Colac on Wednesday.

The council’s plan, created in consultation with a citizens’ jury, predicts the city’s population will grow to 20,000 by 2050 and guides what areas could be appropriate for residential growth in the next 30 years.

The council received 40 submissions from 35 submitters to the draft 2050 Growth Plan, with six speaking to their submissions at Wednesday’s meeting.

Mr Scanlan told the meeting that less than half of his family’s Elliminyt property was within the plan’s proposed town boundary, which would stop the family from developing that land.

He said the family’s submission sought for the whole property, which borders Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Friends Road and Forest Street South, to be included in the proposed town boundary.

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