Leneva-Baranduda growth corridor
What is the Leneva-Baranduda growth corridor?
We have established Leneva-Baranduda as the priority growth area for Wodonga in the medium to long-term future.
It is an area of approximately 20sq km located south-east of the existing built-up area of Wodonga, and is one of the largest contiguous growth areas in Victoria.
Leneva provides an excellent urban setting within a natural amphitheatre of surrounding hills and ranges.
What is the council’s vision for Leneva?
The Leneva-Baranduda growth area will be developed into a sustainable community that will achieve high standards in liveability in accordance with best practice urban design and sustainability principles.
It will service the medium to long-term residential land requirements for Wodonga and will eventually link the urban areas of Wodonga to Baranduda.
How big is the Leneva project?
The Leneva-Baranduda growth area will:
Balancing development with environmental objectives
The Leneva-Baranduda growth corridor includes a network of environmental reserves. These reserves have been gradually transferred into the council and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) ownership by the Albury-Wodonga Corporation (AWC) since 2007, following a study by all three parties that defined the growth areas and important environmental values to be preserved within them.
This study was incorporated into the Wodonga Planning Scheme in October 2013 as the Leneva Valley and Baranduda Native Vegetation Precinct Plan (NVPP). The NVPP creates 3 categories of land:
The NVPP balances environmental and development objectives and provides a level of certainty for developers, Council and the community. This was a pilot Victorian project that became a model for a statewide amendment to all planning schemes, allowing for similar outcomes elsewhere in the State.
The result is approximately 400ha of reserves that protect waterways and threatened woodland remnants which provide habitat for significant species, such as the Swift Parrot and Squirrel Gliders. The value of these reserves will only increase as the City grows into this area. In addition to providing significant habitat, the beauty of the natural environment will form an integral part of the distinct urban character of Wodonga.
If you would like a copy of the Leneva Valley and Baranduda Native Vegetation Precinct Plan please contact the council’s strategic planning team (02) 6022 300.
What documents guide this project?
Wodonga Council has prepared the Draft Leneva-Baranduda Growth Area Framework Plan 2012to guide the future development of this area. This plan builds on work previously prepared for the growth area and contains the most detailed planning undertaken to date.
Last updated: 03/02/2014
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