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PROPOSED 9 STORIES @ 277-9 CENTRE ROAD, BENTLEIGH, PLANNING CONFERENCE

The Centre Road Bentleigh Group, who are opposing high rise development in Centre Road, have prepared the below posting on the recent (6/3/17) Planning Conference for the proposed 72 unit development at 277-9 Centre Road.

GERA supports the group and encourages residents to do the same – the group may be contacted via email at centreroadbentleigh@gmail.com

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – STOP THE DESTRUCTION

 A call for all of the Glen Eira community to attend the Council meeting on Tuesday 21st March at Glen Eira Town Hall.

At the next Council meeting, Tuesday 21st March at 7.30pm, Councillors will consider the rezoning of a large site at 100 McKinnon Road McKinnon, a nine storey development application at 277 Centre Road Bentleigh (summary below), an eight storey development application at 348 Centre Road Bentleigh. 

With a 15 storey development application also recently submitted for Koornang Road Carnegie incorporating a reduction of 56 statutory car parks, Enough is Enough.  The whole community should attend this meeting to demonstrate that the destruction of Glen Eira is not acceptable.  We are all being affected by inappropriate unplanned development and it’s not good enough. Enough is Enough.

Nine Storey Development Planning Conference Summary

A Planning Conference for the nine-storey (72 apartment) development application at 277 Centre Road Bentleigh was held on Monday 6th March.  In excess of 200 objections were received for the development and the planning conference was well attended particularly given that many objectors only received advice on the day.  Numerous attendees highlighted that they lived very close to this potential huge development and they, and others, did not receive any formal notification from Council about the development application.  Please City of Glen Eira get this process right and allow for genuine consultation!

It was good to see a new Councillor take the chair, hopefully this conference provided first hand insight on resident disenchantment and anger over excessive, inappropriate and unplanned development in Glen Eira generally and Centre Road Bentleigh specifically.  Of great concern at the meeting was the performance of the Council officer who did not know the actual location of the development, its height, its zoning under the interim controls and many other elements.  This situation is unacceptable and needs to be addressed if the leadership of Glen Eira want the planning process to have any credibility in the future.

As per previous planning conferences for developments in commercial areas, residents again highlighted the following points:

  • Height and scale of building is excessive for Bentleigh.
  • Development in Bentleigh is increasing too rapidly.
  • Loss of neighbourhood character.
  • Poor transition in height and setbacks to residential area.
  • Visual bulk and dominance of building within streetscape.
  • Development will detract from nearby heritage dwellings.
  • Inadequate parking provided on site.
  • Traffic congestion – street parking is already inadequate.
  • Poor internal amenity and design is not sustainable.
  • Strain on infrastructure.
  • Inadequate open space to accommodate additional population.

In the absence of reasonable controls (such as a structure plan – which is due to be completed in October 2017 and interim height limits – evidently due very soon!), much discussion was focused on the provision of on site car parking and general traffic management.  The applicant has sought a waiver in the reduction of statutory car parks by a number of 26 and they included a very outdated 2015 car parking survey as part of the submission.  Historically, Council has allowed a reduction in the number of statutory car parks and when asked about the reason for this, the Council officer could not provide any justification.  The applicant’s traffic management consultant provided no confidence either with residents left absolutely bemused as to why more rigor has not been done in this area.

As the representatives of residents, Council was requested to seriously and rigorously assess the implication of cumulative car parking and traffic and in the absence of any justification, to not provide a waiver of statutory car parking numbers.  Several residents (doing Council research) pointed out that since the car parking survey was completed in 2015, the following developments have been approved (one at VCAT) with waivers on statutory car parking provision. 

  • 324 Centre Road 8 storeys 39 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 343 Centre Road 4 storeys reduced parking.
  • 270 Centre Road 4 storeys reduced parking.
  • 348 – 352 Centre Road 8 storeys 38 dwellings reduced parking (at VCAT).
  • 339 Centre Road 3 storeys reduced parking.
  • 342 – 346 Centre Road 19 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 331 Centre Road reduced parking.
  • 261 Centre Road 18 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 24 Mavho Street 4 storeys 28 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 40 Mavho Street 4 storeys 24 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 39 Mavho Street 3 storeys 27 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 32 Mavho Street 3 storeys 10 dwellings reduced parking.
  • 37 Nicholson Street 26 dwellings reduced parking.

The traffic management considerations for the site are very unique as the access/exit location is via a residential street (Oak Street), close to Centre Road and is opposite from the residential entrance to apartments above Aldi, the Aldi loading bay and the Aldi car park entrance.  The most astonishing element however is that the applicant proposes that the entry/exit point to the 72 apartment development will be via a rear laneway which is one car width wide.  You don’t need to be a traffic engineer to work out that this is not an acceptable solution in this century!  If Council is serving its community it will fully review this and challenge the suitability of this proposal. 

Enough is Enough – Stop this Destruction. 

Attend the Council meeting on Tuesday 21st March at 7.30pm to show Councillors that the current planning situation is not acceptable. 

MORE HIGHRISE FOR CENTRE ROAD BENTLEIGH

A group of concerned residents (Centre Road Bentleigh Group) has been formed to oppose the seemingly constant highrise development that is occurring along Centre Road, Bentleigh. The latest planning permit application is for a 9 storey development at 277-9 Centre Road.  Details of the current and past planning permit applications are included in the below posting that has been prepared the CRBG.  GERA supports the group and encourages residents to do the same – the group may be contacted via email at centreroadbentleigh@gmail.com

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OPPOSE THE DESTRUCTION OF CENTRE ROAD BENTLEIGH

The residents of Bentleigh are extremely disappointed about the unplanned and inappropriate developments in Centre Road.  At this stage, two major developments have been approved: 8 storeys at 324 Centre Road and 7 storeys at 342 Centre Road with two other major developments going through the application process: 8 storeys at 348 Centre Road and 9 storeys at 277 Centre Road (refer map).  Of further concern is that limited communication of these significant developments to the broader community has occurred.

Given that no height limits exist for the commercial areas of Centre Road Bentleigh and there is no structure plan in place, Centre Road is highly exposed to total destruction with these developments being the start of an absolute disaster.  Years of planning neglect have resulted in a totally ad hoc approach to development and unless this is stopped the legacy for the community will be atrocious.  This unfortunately is the same situation for other commercial areas in the City of Glen Eira.

This situation is totally unacceptable and we seek your objection to the 277 Centre Road development, which is currently being advertised.  This will continue to send a clear message to Council that the residents of Glen Eira care and are passionate about the place in which we live. 

 To deliver the right long-term outcome, and consistent with surrounding municipalities, we are seeking the introduction of the right planning framework (including structure planning, height controls, traffic management, etc.) as a matter of the highest priority.  This will ensure that Bentleigh (and surrounds) are passed onto the next generation with respect and consideration.  We don’t need development we need a clear plan, this ad hoc approach to development must stop.

We ask that Councillors embrace this opportunity and work collaboratively with residents to achieve an outcome that respects the importance of developments in making places special for people and as an outcome contribute to building stronger communities.

 The map below shows the developments approved and development applications. centre-rd-devts

 What You Can Do

  • Lodge an objection to the proposed 9 storey development by the end of February. To assist with your objection, a Sample Objection  is provided.  Details of how to submit your objection are provided on the bottom of the Sample Objection.  However you choose to submit your objection please remember to include your Name, Contact Details (address and telephone no.), Signature and Date. 
  • Email centreroadbentleigh@gmail.com if you want further details

THIS DESTRUCTION MUST BE STOPPED

BENTLEIGH ACTIVITY CENTRE – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (PART 2)

Bentleigh Urban Village

Following on from our last posting, the residents objecting to the multi unit developments in Mavho and Loranne Streets, Bentleigh have forwarded to us the below advice of dates for the Mavho Street Planning Permit application, ie.
• Planning Conference – 8th September, 2014
• Formal Council Decision Date – 14th October, 2014

We encourage residents residing in and around the 2013 implemented high density zones (ie. the former Housing Diversity Areas) to attend both the planning conference and Council Meeting to gain an understanding of the grounds for objection applicable to these zones and Council’s planning permit and objection handling processes.

The 2013 “new” zone implementation built on the concept of focussing development in locations designated as high density areas under the previous Housing Diversity/Minimal Change Areas policies (implemented in 2002). Unfortunately, while the new zones streamlined the planning permit approval process by prescribing height limits within the zones, the much heralded “certainty” provided by prescribed height limits also removed building heights from being a ground for objection if the development’s height (which excludes roof infrastructure, eg. lift wells, air conditioning units) complied with the prescribed height limit.   Residents can still object to a planning permit application on the a number of grounds (eg site coverage, prescribed setbacks, neighbourhood character, provision of private open space, and many other grounds), however, height is no longer a valid ground for objection.

The number of emails GERA is receiving from residents of the high density zones, supports our previous criticism of Council’s implementation of the new zones – “the biggest planning change in Glen Eira’s history” – which was undertaken without actively informing and/or engaging residents.  A major justification for this being residents’ extensive knowledge of the previously existing Housing Diversity/Minimal Change Areas – a justification which many residents dispute.

We encourage residents to check which zoning applies to their property. Zone boundaries do not follow standard mapping conventions (eg. one side of a street may be high density but the other side may not, or, within the same street, No. 42 may be high density but No. 44 may not) and distances away from the centre of the high density area vary.   GERA’s 11/2013 new zone posting “Where and What Are They” provides a brief outline of the “new” zones and access to zoning maps (“zoom down” for details on a lot by lot basis) which can be accessed from the Department of Planning or GERA’s website*. Residents should also confirm their property’s zoning with Council.

*As per our previous disclaimer,
The DPCD website may be slow in downloading the maps.  Maps GERA downloaded 16/9/2013 are available and should be not be taken as current. GERA is not responsible for any map modifications since 16/9/2013.

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Except for GERA highlighting the comment that “it is unlikely the application can be completely rejected due to the Residential Growth Zoning” below is an unedited email received from the Defend Mavho Group. The group may be contacted via email – defendmavho@yahoo.com

URGENT objection update – Important dates 8 September 2014 and 14 October 2014‏

I have just received emailed advice from Council the Planning Conference for 24 – 26 Mavho Street will take place on 8 September 2014 at 6.30pm at the Glen Eira Council offices, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield. Meetings are open to the public. The planning conference is chaired by a Councillor and provides the opportunity for applicants, objectors and residents to make submissions in respect to planning applications that have been referred to a Council meeting for a decision. The conference provides a public and open forum where discussion of the proposal can occur between the parties with a view to identifying affected resident concerns, possible means for addressing the concerns and opportunities to improve the proposal. All objectors will be notified in writing of the date, time and place.

Following the planning conference, the application will be referred to a Council meeting for a decision on 14 October 2014 at 7.30pm at Glen Eira Council offices, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield. Although the Council meeting is open to the public I do not believe there is an opportunity (subject to a ruling by the Mayor of the day) for the public to make submissions to the Councillors.

Please make a note of these dates in your diaries and attend and get your key objection points together to speak to at the Planning Conference. It is a very informal environment but controlled so everyone is heard.

In addition to the above, Councillor Oscar Lobo kindly attended Mavho Street on Sunday 24 August and walked the adjoining properties and our street. Councillor Lobo is a supporter of our objection grounds and he will assist us in advocating to the other Councillors to significantly reduce this inappropriate development. All Councillors are yet to receive their town planning and expert advice; however, it is unlikely the application can be completely rejected due to the Residential Growth Zoning.* So now is the time to get on the email and phone and lobby the Councillors especially our Tucker Ward members (Jamie Hyams, Oscar Lobo and Jim Magee) – we need a majority of 5/9 so get those phone lines burning – Councillor details below.

* GERA emphasis

Cr Jamie Hyams
Phone/fax: 9578 8314
Mobile: 0427 319 018
Email: jhyams@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Oscar Lobo
Phone/fax: 9557 0108
Mobile: 0417 837 418
Email: olobo@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Jim Magee
Phone/Fax: 9563 8360
Mobile: 0427 338 327
Email: jmagee@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Margaret Esakoff
Phone/Fax: 9578 2877
Mobile: 0407 831 893
Email: mesakoff@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Karina Okotel
Mobile: 0424 479 454
Email: kokotel@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Neil Pilling (Mayor)
Phone: 9524 3225
Fax: 9524 3358
Mobile: 0428 310 919
Email: npilling@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Michael Lipshutz (Deputy Mayor)
Phone/Fax: 9530 0438
Mobile: 0400 832 270
Email: mlipshutz@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Mary Delahunty
Phone: 9523 9105
Mobile: 0427 970 879
Email: mdelahunty@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Cr Thomas Sounness
Mobile: 0428 596 951
Email: tsounness@gleneira.vic.gov.au

BENTLEIGH ACTIVITY CENTRE – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Recent media coverage has highlighted the impact that Glen Eira’s  2013 implementation of the “new” planning zones has had on residents, in particular residents of the former Housing Diversity Areas. Unfortunately, GERA’s earlier predictionthat the impact of the Zones implementation will be felt far quicker than the impact of 2002 Minimal Change/Housing Diversity change was” is occurring much more rapidly than even we envisioned.

One year on, residents of the former Housing Diversity Areas are experiencing an increase in high rise, multi-unit development planning applications (with waivered parking requirements) and significant traffic and parking issues. Some residents are opting to sell (either singly or collectively) and relocate while others are choosing to remain.

One group of remaining residents has forwarded to us, the below unedited posting outlining the changes occurring in two streets (Mavho and Loranne Streets) within the Bentleigh Urban Village.  It raises issues that need to be addressed at both a State Government (provision of sustainable public transport) and Council (provision of traffic and parking management) level.

The group may be contacted via email – defendmavho@yahoo.com

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

The residents of Mavho Street and the adjoining Bentleigh area have had enough. A greedy development proposal for 24 – 26 Mavho Street could be the third dense unit dwelling development potentially adding 28 units to the street. To put our outrage in to context readers need to be aware that Council has already approved planning permits for no. 32 (10 dwellings 3 storey) and 39 and 41 Mavho St (27 dwellings 3 storey) with reductions in visitor parking. To add more insult there is also a proposal in at 29 – 33 Loranne Street (27 dwellings 4 storey).

We ask Glen Eira Council and the State Government pay due respect to our neighbourhood and the rates and tax payers and that developers be made to construct appropriate and responsible dwellings. We understand the concept of the Urban Village but the proposal for 24 – 26 Mavho will create a situation where living is becoming denser, not transition, as you come further south from Centre Road. The 24 – 26 Mavho Street plans are for a 4 storey apartment block (the approved permits, which are closer to Centre Road, are only for 3 storeys).

Despite the sheer bulk of these dwellings and their impact on the amenity of the area we have grave car parking and traffic concerns. Those who live in the area are already feeling the strain of having to navigate parked cars and traffic, whether you are in a vehicle, on a bike or a pedestrian. We are even starting to hear stories of how ambulances cannot park to gain access to patients! Despite residents ‘real life’ experiences the expert traffic reports submitted with the planning applications continue to take and report inappropriate car parking samples which Council accept. Meanwhile those of us that actually live in the area and use the roads and footpaths are feeling the traffic and parking pinch.

The proposed underground car parking to these new apartment dwellings only take the cars off the street for a limited time, we still have ingress, egress, give way issues especially as we get closer to Centre Road. This is then impacting onto Brewer Road and surrounding streets and arterials.

These apartments are also going to put a significant load on infrastructure and services. Our street sweeper cannot perform its job and the build up of rubbish could lead to rodent infestation issues which could affect not just residents but our cafe/food operators which we love and enjoy in Bentleigh.

Adjoining owners to these developments are going to lose privacy due to inadequate setbacks. No matter what sort of ‘window treatments’ you use to create privacy people need to be able to look out of their windows so this will affect the enjoyment of both old and new residents to our area. Worse still these developers often do not even live in Glen Eira. They come into our neighbourhood, dig it up, build inappropriate structures and do not have to live next door to what is left behind.

What has happened to the dual occupancy townhouses which are much more in keeping with our demographics?

Please help us defend Mavho Street – if you don’t these types of developments are going to end up next to your home.

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Bentleigh Urban Village

Bentleigh Urban Village

MORE OVERDEVELOPMENT – CLOVER ESTATE, BENTLEIGH EAST

The below pdf file is a posting submitted to GERA by a resident who is concerned about the impending adverse traffic and parking impact the land locked Bentleigh East Clover Estate development (a 50 – 60 lot subdivision almost opposite the GESAC complex) will have on local residential streets.   Although the planning approval process commenced in 2006 (with a combined Planning Scheme Amendment (C52) and planning permit application) the development has only recently commenced infrastructure (roads, power, water, sewerage, drainage etc.) work.  The delay was primarily due to soil and water table contamination.

As the Clover Estate residential development is situated on land that was previously an industrial site, an Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO)* was placed on the development in 2006.   The EAO prohibited the “construction or carrying out of buildings and works” for the residential development until the Environmental Protection Authority issued of Certificate of Environmental Audit for the site.  The Certificate was issued in March, 2011, and recently work on the site infrastructure (roads and utilities) commenced.

Clover Estate – A Residents Perspective

Following on from receipt of the resident’s submission, GERA has researched the Clover Development (East Bentleigh) and in this post outlines Glen Eira Councils approval of the development.  GERA is concerned that through the various planning stages of this development Council  

  • has not been open, transparent and accountable with the contamination issues and
  • has not been responsive to (current and future) residents’ concerns over site access and traffic issues in Ellen, Charles and Malane Streets, and
  • via the application of a Design and Development Overlay restricted residents rights to object to the development. 

Clover Estate Location

The site is located within the block bounded by McKinnon, Tucker, Centre and East Boundary Roads, Bentleigh East.   The development is located in a minimal change area and abuts the housing diversity (i.e. high density) area known as the Bentleigh East Neighbourhood Centre.   Currently, the address of the site is 219-221 East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh.

Although the site had some frontage on Ellen Street, when operating as the Boral/Cyclone foundry and factory,  access was from East Boundary Road only.

Boral/Cyclone Site – 2006

Development Proposal 

In 2005 Harofam P/L (a development company) acquired the site and in 2006 submitted a combined planning permit and request for a Planning Scheme Amendment C52 to rezone the land (from industrial to residential) request to Council.

Details of the proposed development were given as 50 housing blocks, 22 two-storey townhouses and 8 units, totalling 80 new residences.  Access to the development would be via the existing the East Boundary Road access point and a new roadway connection at Ellen Street (effectively an extension of Malane Street).  It was recognised that this new connection would alter the Ellen Street–Malane Street-Charles Street traffic patterns from being local access only to also becoming the through route to the development.  It was also recognised that a traffic control device of some type (later determined to be a “Give Way” sign) would be required at the Ellen–Malane Streets intersection.

Three overlays were placed on the development

  • Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO) – to deal with contamination issues
  • Design Development Overlay (DDO) – to outline specific built form guidelines and if complied residences within the Clover Estate would not require an individual planning permit.  Planning permits would only be required for dwellings not complying with the DDO.  The DDO requirements were not discussed with residents prior to them being applied and, by applying the DDO, Council restricted residents’ ability to object on development design criteria.
  • Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO) – to establish tree protection zones for trees identified in an aboricultural report dated July, 2005. This overlay was later removed as the trees it sought to protect had also been removed.

Residents strongly objected to proposal (173 objections) and over the period 2006-2007 the development was discussed at Council Meetings (22nd May, 2006, Council Minutes – section 8.3  and  25th September, 2006 Council Minutes – section 8.1) and an Independent Planning Panel Report – Amendment C52.   During this period the planning permit application was separated from the planning scheme amendment.

In December 2007, the developer submitted an amended planning application to Glen Eira Council.  This amended planning application was for 50 housing blocks and 10 two-storey townhouses.   Local residents lodged 126 objections to these revised plans.

In February, 2008, Council approved the subdivision of the land (Council Meeting Minutes, 26 February, 2008) and the lots were sold off the plan at an auction in 2010 (Leader Article on sale of subdivided lots).  Settlement on the sale of the lots was conditional on the completion of Clover’s infrastructure (roads, power, water and drainage).  The delay in commencing the infrastructure works (due to soil and water table contamination) means this work is currently ongoing.

Clover Estate – April, 2012

The local residents/objectors have consistently raised traffic and parking congestion in surrounding streets and traffic management in the immediate area as being key issues.

Although infrastructure work is ongoing (an estimated timeframe is not known) it is believed that dwelling construction is imminent.  As a result Council, without consulting residents, is beginning to introduce restricted parking in Ellen, Charles and Malane Streets and installing a “Give Way” sign where the Clover Estate connects to Ellen Street (aka the Malane Street extension).  These were the traffic treatments recommended in 2006/7.  Since that time there have been substantial developments both in the streets named and the surrounding residential streets which have significantly added to the traffic volumes.   Additionally the proposed Centre Road reduced speed limits and approved 5 storey multi unit developments in Centre Road will also adversely impact traffic volumes in the named streets. Residents have now added the issue of an unco-ordinated approach to traffic management and parking to their concerns.

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* An Environmental Audit Overlays (EAO) purpose is to ensure that potentially contaminated land is suitable for a use which could be significantly adversely affected by contamination.   An EAO requires that  before a sensitive use (residential use, child care centre, pre-school centre or primary school) commences or before the construction or carrying out of buildings and works in association with a sensitive use, must get either:

  • a certificate of environmental audit (clean bill of health)
  • a statement of environmental audit (subject to conditions)

When reviewing planning permits or approving subdivisions, the planning authority (i.e. Council) must satisfy itself that the environmental conditions of the land are or will be suitable for the proposed use.  EAO – Department of Health