The City of Greater Geelong has voted to not give its support for the development of a Kaufland store in Highton.

The council have cited concerns with the location, potential traffic issues regarding the site of the proposed store at 140-156 Colac Road, on the northern side of Colac Road and west of South Valley Road. Under the proposals, the store would include a large supermarket, bottleshop and mall area, with 436 car spots.

Council will present a public submission to a Kaufland Stores in Victoria Advisory Committee reflecting the council’s position which includes concerns about vehicle access from Colac and South Valley Roads, the potential impact on traffic, and the need to discuss this further with Regional Roads Victoria and council officers, concerns with the choice of site, including impact on neighbours, and the need for landscaping of the car parking area, including stormwater treatment, canopy cover and other Environmentally Sustainable Design principles.

If approved the development is expected to create 80 to 100 ongoing local jobs.

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