About the project
Development Victoria has acquired the surplus Department of Education and Training (DET) site at 16a – 24 Robertsons Road, Taylors Lakes.
The 9.1-hectare site was purchased by DET in the early 1990s for a school but was not used for this purpose and remains vacant. It was declared surplus by DET in 2013 and has been rezoned, enabling Development Victoria to subdivide the land for new homes.
The site is well located to transport and other services, within close proximity to the Watergardens Shopping Centre and Watergardens Railway Station.
A residential subdivision of 173 lots ranging between 250m2 and 600m2 has been approved for the site. Approximately 20 per cent of the lots are proposed to be less than 300m2 in size, providing opportunities for more diverse housing.
The development will deliver a new generously sized park along McCubbin Drive measuring 3600m2 that will be designed in consultation with council to meet the community’s recreation needs.
Development Victoria engaged with the Taylors Lakes community in late 2017 to provide information and seek the community’s views on the site’s proposed subdivision and park design. Two information sessions were held in November and a survey was made available. Further detail – including a fact sheet and frequently asked questions – was also available.
Strong community feedback was received during the engagement process with a large proportion of attendees at the information sessions providing positive comments and expressing interest in purchasing lots within the project.
A number of local residents suggested it would be desirable to have larger blocks on McCubbin Drive to provide an improved interface with the existing housing. Development Victoria listened to this feedback from the community and in response has incorporated larger sized lots into the planning along McCubbin Drive.
Issues raised by the community included concerns about local traffic impacts and crowding from increased population density. Residents also cited a range of preferences for the park design to include children’s play areas, sport facilities and shading. These issues were investigated and integrated into the Development Plan.
The Taylors Lakes Development Plan was publicly advertised in June 2018. The Development Plan was approved by Brimbank City Council on 31 October 2018. Click here to see the Development Plan.
Construction of the Taylors Lakes development is expected to commence in mid-2019.
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