Monthly Archives: December 2016

SAVE McKINNON VILLAGE – PLANNING SCHEME AMENDMENT C143

GERA has recently been asked by some McKinnon Residents to assist them in reviewing a proposed Planning Scheme Amendment (C143) and Design and Development Overlay – Schedule 6 (DDO6) for a large development site located on the south and western edge of McKinnon Village Neighbourhood Centre.  While the residents accept that their Village area will change, they do not believe that the currently proposed Mix Use Zoning is appropriate for the stand alone site.

The residents are seeking community support in objecting to the proposed Amendment and DDO. – the objection due date is 23/12/2016Check out their website – Save McKinnon Village.

The residents are requesting that, in the New Year and after January’s Planning Conference, Council re-assesses the Development Proposal with a view to abandoning Amendment C143 and DDO6 and enabling resident input into decisions related to

  • Appropriate Re-zoning
  • Appropriate height and setback (below and above ground) provisions

SITE DETAILS

  • 88-100 McKinnon Road, McKinnon. Located on the corner of Wheatley and McKinnon Roads.
  • Area = 3671 sqm
  • 430 metres to the McKinnon train station
  • A Special Building Overlay (ie. area prone storm water run-off and flooding) is applicable to site.
  • Current site zoning is Industrial (INZ3), which prohibits residential development.
  • Adjoining Zones are GRZ3 (General Residential Zone –  10.5m, 3 stories) & NRZ1 (Neighbourhood Residential – 8m, 2 stories)
  • A narrow right of way (laneway) exists at the rear of the site.

McKinnon Village Current Planning Zones & Heightsvillage-zones-v4b

PROPOSED CHANGES – Planning Scheme Amendment C143 and Design Development Overlay Schedule 6

  • Proposed Mixed Use Zone (MUZ) which allows commercial, retail, industrial and residential usage as a right (ie. no planning permit required, therefore, no third party objection rights). “Allowed as a right usages” include businesses with extended trading hours (eg.  Convenience Mini-Marts and Takeouts, Food and Drink services).
  • A maximum building height of (14.5 metres – 4 stories)
  • Setbacks
    • Rear Set back only – 4 metres from property boundary, applicable set backs increase as building height increases
    • No side or street front setbacks at ground level or as building height increases.

 RESIDENTS GROUNDS FOR OBJECTION

  • MUZ is not an appropriate zoning for a village or neighbourhood centre due to the adverse amenity impacts generated by
    • Noise arising from the allowed uses and extended trading hours
    • increased traffic volumes
    • increased parking demand
  • In addition to the above adverse amenity impacts, the site’s location within the McKinnon Village makes the proposed MUZ zoning inappropriate, as it is located
    • on edge of the designated neighbourhood centre rather than in the village centre. It is a stand- alone location separated from the village hub by residential zones
    • well away from the Village’s Commercial Zones and their
      • facilities (eg. parking, train station)
      • complementary businesses
      • “buffering” effect on noise impacting the residential zones
    • surrounded by residential zones (GRZ and NRZ) with limited on street parking surrounding the site due to road configuration.
    • is not readily accessible to the majority of village residents
  • The proposed height limit of 14.5m/4 stories is
    • contrary to the designation of McKinnon Village as a Neighbourhood Centre and the 2013 Zone Implementation that implemented a 10.5m/3storey height limit on residential zones within Neighbourhood Centres
    • inconsistent with the concept of scaling down building heights from the Village centre towards the Neighbourhood Residential Zone. In this case, from the Village’s Commercial Zone  (no height limit) there is a height limit of 3 stories which then rises to 4 stories on the southern and western boundary of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone
  • The absence of above and below ground street front and side setbacks
    • restricts ground absorption of storm water runoff (a Special Building Overlay applies to the site)
    • restricts landscaping opportunities
    • will result in visual bulk and dominance and overshadowing
  • There are no Neighbourhood Character requirements specified in the Amendment or DDO or Glen Eira’s Housing Diversity Policy. There should be as McKinnon Village has a distinct and unique character.

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Council has advised that a Planning Conference will be scheduled in the New Year and that Council will decide on the proposed Amendment and DDO  at it’s February Council Meeting.  In the intervening period the objection due date is 23/12/2016  and there’s the busy Christmas/New Year holiday period to consider – timing doesn’t favour the residents.

GERA encourages our members and readers to submit an objection to the proposal – numbers count!!!.    A sample objection letter is available on the   Save McKinnon Village website.

 

 

 

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BETHLEHEM HOSPITAL 19 STOREY DEVELOPMENT

The Bethlehem Hospital Community Action Group (BHCA Group) who are opposing the proposed Bethlehem Hospital 19 Storey Development have invited interested residents to join them in a meeting with Glen Eira’s Mayor and Councillors to express their concerns about the development.

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To assist anyone interested in lodging an objection to proposed development, the  Group has prepared the below information and standard objection.

A few guiding points for lodging your objection:

  • The cut off date for lodging your objection is Monday, 19 December 2016.
  • Only those who register an objection will be advised by Council of the community consultation meeting with the applicant and council expected in early February 2017.
  • Every adult in your household should lodge an individual letter of objection.
  • The overall number of objection letters is critical to influencing Council.
  • Please lodge you objection via email. (Instructions  below)
  • You may wish to construct your own letter.  If you do we would appreciate an email copy in preparation for any potential VCAT hearing.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR EMAIL OBJECTION LETTER

  1. Copy all of this email into a new email and then follow instructions 2-6.
  1. Email your objection to:     mail@gleneira.vic.gov.au      and copy                              bhcagroup@gmail.com
  1. Copy the following into the “Subject” section:  OBJECTION TO APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMIT GE/PP-29481/2016
  1. Insert your name and address where indicated in the text below.
  1. Then delete all text above the line that reads “Dear Sir/Madam”.

    (don’t forget to insert your name and address)

  1. Check your email and send it.

Dear Sir/Madam,
Re Notice of Planning Application 
Planning Permit Application No: GE/PP-29481/2016
Property: 472 & 476-482 Kooyong Road & 11 Saturn Street Caulfield South Vic 3162

My name is [insert your name].  I reside/own the property at [insert your address].

I wish to lodge my objection to this Planning Application on the following grounds:

Overlooking and/or Overshadowing and/or Loss of Natural Light

The visual bulk and physical mass of the proposed building, in particular the 19 Storey Tower will have a detrimental effect on my privacy by overlooking my property and/or substantially causing sun shadow and a decrease in my natural sunlight.

Detrimental Impact on Residential Amenity, Neighbourhood Character and Streetscape

The height, size and bulk of the proposed buildings does not respect the neighbourhood character and is completely out of step with its surrounds.  It does not meet the requirements detailed for Neighbourhood Residential Zone 1.  Such a development would reduce the amenity of my neighbourhood.

Road Safety, Traffic Congestion and Inadequate Parking

The proposed development will substantially increase traffic and parking congestion in the area due to increased needs from residents, staff, commercial operators, patrons and visitors. Surrounding streets already suffer significant traffic and parking congestion and if this development was to proceed it will be exacerbated.  Such a development would create gridlock in my neighbourhood.

I wish to be advised of any consultation meeting.

I request that you take my objections into consideration and ask that this application be denied in its current form.

Yours sincerely,