Homes to make way for $3.5 million Point Lonsdale development

A $3.5 million bid to build rock pool homes, apartments and shops has been submitted to the Queenscliff area.

The proposal for 105-107 Point Lonsdale Rd and 1 Simpson St would include two townhouses and a commercial building with two retail units and two apartments.

The storefronts will be located just meters from the Point Lonsdale Post Office and a real estate office and will enjoy panoramic views of the water and Point Lonsdale rock pools.

According to the town, the proposal received eight objections and three requests for support.

Artistic rendering of the plans for 105-107 Point Lonsdale Rd and 1 Simpson St, Point Lonsdale. Image: planning documents.

Planning documents said the proposal aims to “maximize density…in the commercial heart of the town” but is “respectful of the low-slung character of the town” and is designed with zoning in mind.

“The project has been divided into two distinct buildings of different scales, with the larger building facing Point Lonsdale Road where it will be appropriately placed on high-density streets,” the documents said.

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“While a smaller townhouse project is located at the western end of the property, opposite the public residential area.”

The 692.7 sq m site will be divided into six sections, with two retail spaces of 63 sq m and 70 sq m respectively.

Planning documents indicate that the paved area at the front of the store could be used for outdoor dining.

The developers said the plan would provide a mix of houses and apartments, and would accommodate a wide range of people.

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According to planning documents, retail access will not be provided from Simpson Street, and vehicular access to Point Lonsdale Road will be kept to a minimum to reduce traffic impact and “vehicle entry into the main shopping precinct”.

On-site parking will be reserved for staff and residents, with developers also applying to partially waive parking requirements for retail units.

This proposal is among Bellarin’s latest developments, with more mixed-use developments emerging.

Last week, the Geelong Advertiser reported on plans to build a three-storey, 32-apartment complex in Portarlington, which would include six retail outlets if it gets the go-ahead.

In September, an attempt to build a multi-storey project on Portarlington’s waterfront was rejected by the state’s planning arbiter.

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