Planning for Growth – Reports
Ordinary Meeting - 12 February 2014
with a new business park, removal of native vegetation, re-alignment of part of the Ellesmere-Goornong Channel, and associated buildings and works. Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts There are several potential impacts associated with the new runway, the key ones being: Vegetation complete removal and canopy only removal; Redirection of Heinz St; Noise associated with the new runway; Revised alignment and flight path placement which requires height restrictions; and Amenity impacts associated with the Business Park and new development within Airport. The City of Greater Bendigo has prepared a number of reports in support of this Amendment that discuss the potential impacts and how they will be managed including: Aurecon (2012), ‘Traffic Impact Assessment Proposed Business Park, Bendigo Airport’; Atlas Ecology (2010), ‘Final Report: Flora and Fauna Assessment – Bendigo Aerodrome and Surrounds’; Cheers, G & B, (2011, updated 2012). ‘Ecological Assessment of Vegetation that will be affected by the Bendigo Airport upgrade’; Cheers, G & B, (2011).’ Assessment of Vegetation At the Bendigo Airport For the presence of Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana); Airport Survey Consultants (2012), ‘Bendigo Airport Obstacle Limitation Surfaces’; Kneebush Planning (2012), ‘Bendigo Airport Noise Exposure Forecast, 2032’; Biosis Research (2010), ‘Bendigo Airport, Voluntary Cultural Heritage Management Plan 2010’; Airports Plus (2007), ‘Bendigo Airport Master Plan’; and City of Greater Bendigo (2009), ‘Bendigo Airport Strategic Plan’. Aircraft Noise The new runway will change the location and pattern of aircraft noise in the surrounding area. The Australian Noise Exposure Forecast – Bendigo Airport (Kneebush Planning, 2012) maps predicted noise from the new runway and forms the basis for the new Airport Environs Overlay (AEO) Schedules 1 and 2. (shown in Figure 4). The AEO1 is applied to areas above the 25 ANEF noise contour, and is not suitable for most accommodation and education uses. All properties affected by the AEO1 are in government ownership and unlikely to be impacted by the controls. The AEO2 applies to properties mapped between the 20 and 25 ANEF noise contours, and it requires inbuilt noise baffling for new residential buildings and some commercial uses such as office, hotel, and child care. Nineteen properties will be impacted by the application of the AEO2, this includes 8 properties with existing houses in the Low Density Residential Zone. The remainder of properties are government owned or industrial zoned. These existing dwellings are located west of the existing airport, where they may already be subject to the level of aircraft noise predicted. The new runway will be positioned further away from these residents, and they will not be required to retrospectively alter their dwellings for noise baffling.