A GROUP fighting to preserve a green wedge east of Pakenham from developers believes there is still time to save the land.
The state government is considering bringing 590 hectares of farmland into the urban growth boundary and rezoning the land for housing.
The Cardinia Ratepayers and Residents Association has campaigned against the rezoning for months, saying it is unnecessary and will cause gridlock.
President Gloria O’Connor said Planning Minister Matthew Guy was supposed to have made a decision by end of last year.
“For whatever reason, it hasn’t happened.
“It means there’s still time to change his mind; it gives us another chance.”
The green wedge is bordered by Deep Creek and Ryan roads to the east, Princes Freeway to the south, and Mount Ararat Road to the west.
In a submission to the logical inclusions review in July, developer Parklea asked for 200 hectares in the lower half of the green wedge to be brought into the urban growth boundary. The company has a housing estate planned for Canty Lane in Pakenham East listed on its website.
Ms O’Connor said the green wedge did not have the infrastructure or services to support residential development and it was unlikely state government resources would be available in the near future.
“Ryan Road has a dead end at the Princes Freeway. All the traffic will be forced down Racecourse Road. It’ll be gridlock on the freeway.”
VicRoads initially opposed the development because of traffic concerns and Ms O’Connor said she was disappointed the road authority had reversed its position.
Last month, Eastern Metropolitan MP Johann Scheffer presented to Parliament a petition against the rezoning signed by more than 500 residents and also attended a community meeting on Ryan Road.
Ms O’Connor said another meeting would be held soon to keep the issue alive. “There are strong opinions [about the development] out there in the community, but a lot of people don’t understand how it came about.”
Parklea had not responded to questions from the Weekly by the time it went to press.