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STRUCTURE PLANNING FORUMS

UPDATE 17/5/2017

Don’t forget to attend tonight’s Structure Planning Forum for Elsternwick.  Details are

Wednesday, 17th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St. Georges Road, Elsternwick.

UPDATE 8/5/2017

Don’t forget to attend tonight’s Structure Planning Forum for Carnegie.  Details are

Monday 8th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Boyd Room of the Carnegie Library,

7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

As we have pointed out many times, this is an opportunity for residents to assess and comment upon the Structure Planning work currently being undertaken by Council.   It’s about how Council is planning for the expected future developments in the centre and Council’s proposals for ensuring that the Carnegie Centre continues as a safe, socially and economically viable Centre that is readily accessible to all.

If you want a say in what can/should be built where and what basic needs (eg. open space, safety, traffic parking, neighbourhood character) Council should plan to provide for a burgeoning population then attend the forum.

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For those not aware, commencing next week, Council is holding  Community Forums* on the preliminary results of the Structure Planning work being undertaken as a result of the 2015 Ministerial Directive for Glen Eira to review it’s planning scheme.

We urge all residents and interested parties to attend the forums – numbers count.  The Structure Planning (first recommended by an Independent Planning Panel in 2003) currently being undertaken sets the requirements/standards for future developments in Glen Eira, ie what can built where (ie. locations, building uses, heights, footprint, setbacks etc.) .   It also incorporates the myriad of related planning issues (eg. traffic, parking, open space, tree protection, heritage, drainage etc.) which fall within Council’s planning responsibilities.

Although the current focus is on the major activity centres and skyrail route, the requirements set for these centres will also have significant impact on the

  • Requirements determined, at some yet to be determined future time, for the smaller activity centres (a.k.a. Neighbourhood Centres) and
  • Flow on impacts (eg traffic & parking) for the surrounding areas (ie. the smaller activity centres and Neighbourhood Residential Zone).

Now is the appropriate time for community involvement – the planning scheme requirements are being set.  Once set, it is too late to object to planning permit applications that are in compliance with the requirements ( eg. those that have been approved for Carnegie and Bentleigh since the current zones were implemented in 2013).

Below is an email which highlights some of the issues identified by the Centre Road Bentleigh Group (the Group can be contacted via email – centreroadbentleigh@gmail.com).   GERA believes that many of the issues raised below are equally applicable to Carnegie, Elsternwick and Murrumbeena and that the residents of these areas may wish to add further concerns at the forums.

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Over the last few years, Bentleigh residents have been actively lobbying Council to put in the right controls and plans for future developments within the area.  As an outcome of this lobbying, some interim height controls have recently been introduced and Council is now also undertaking a Bentleigh shopping centre and surrounds structure planning process. This structure plan will significantly influence future development

 Our thoughts on the preliminary plan are:  

  • There is no meaningful increase in open space and this is an issue with increasing development and also the general lack of open space in Glen Eira (lowest in Melbourne).  
  • It is proposed that the existing car parks are to be consolidated into a multi-storey with the remainder to potentially be converted into more residential developments. This is not acceptable (Stonnington for example are doing one underground car park and developing open space above). 
  • There is limited if any innovation or creativity in the plan.  
  • It is proposed that the library be relocated ($20M plus cost) however this was not identified as a need by residents.  (perhaps Council wants to sell off the current library site for a major development?). 
  • There is no direction included for future development heights. 

In summary, we believe that more work needs to be done to deliver a plan that is consistent in quality with other local government areas.  

 Please attend the community forum to again ensure Council clearly understands the views of residents.  Numbers are important, please also forward this onto friends. 

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As always, if you have any comments or need additional information, please feel free to comment on our Facebook Page

 

*Details of the Forums, together with support documentation, is available on Council’s website

Bentleigh

Wednesday 3 May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Bentleigh Senior Citizens Centre, 2 Arthur Street, Bentleigh to further discuss this preliminary plan.

Carnegie

Monday 8th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Boyd Room of the Carnegie Library, 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

Elsternwick

Wednesday, 17th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St. Georges Road, Elsternwick.

Murrumbeena

The previously advised 24/5 Murrumbeena Structure Planning Community Forum appears to have been cancelled and has been replaced with a Structure Planning Forum for the East Village Development.  Details of this Forum are provided below.

East Village

Wednesday, 24th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Duncan McKinnon Reserve Pavilion, Cnr. North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena

 

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

2016 PLANNING SCHEME REVIEW – WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE

Council’s 2016 Planning Scheme Review offers residents the first opportunity to formally express their views on Glen Eira’s Planning Scheme since 2010.   GERA urges all residents to attend one of the 3 remaining Planning Review Sessions and/or lodge a written submission with Council (preferably both).  If you don’t take advantage of this current opportunity to comment on the “relevance and applicability of all Glen Eira’s town planning policies and controls”, your next opportunity will probably be in 2020 (ie. as prescribed by the 1987 Planning and Environment Act, reviews are required every 4 years unless granted an exemption).

GERA supports the concept of focusing the demands made by an increasing population towards areas which are best suited to meet those demands (ie. the provision of  housing, transport, employment, retail and commercial services and recreation).  In supporting that concept, we also recognize that local Councils, being the local planning authority, play a key role in identifying appropriate areas capable of accommodating those demands and ensuring, via implementing planning policies and controls, the long term viability and liveability of those areas.

Since the 2003 Housing Diversity/High Density and Minimal Change Area policy was implemented, residents (ourselves included) have consistently criticized Glen Eira’s town planning for allowing development to occur without implementing appropriate planning policies and controls that give consideration to the cumulative (ie. in total) social and environmental impacts that arise from intensive development within targeted areas.

The 2013 Zone Implementation, as documented in the media, resulted in a dramatic increase in that criticism.  As residents’  knowledge of the GE Planning Scheme grows (the result of the objection process), so too does criticism of Council’s planning performance and the absence of appropriate planning policies and controls.  Such criticism, combined with that of developers and VCAT, resulted in the Planning Minister’s decision (December 2015) to require Glen Eira to undertake a planning scheme review in consultation with the community.

The significance/importance of your participation in this Review is highlighted, not only by the Minister’s assessment of the need for the review but also by the all encompassing scope of the review.  Council’s Review Discussion Paper outlines the topics to be reviewed under “Themes”  as follows

  • Municipal Strategic Statement and Local Planning Policies
  • Activity Centres
  • Environmentally Sustainable Development
  • Car Parking and Transport (both private and public)
  • Neighbourhood Character
  • Heritage

Below is a bullet point summary* of the issues raised by residents attending the first  two sessions which readers may wish to consider – no doubt additional issues will be raised in the 3 remaining sessions.   All issues currently raised fall within Council’s ambit of responsibility and all directly impact all residents (regardless of which zone they live in)  – they are also all integral to how you envisage Glen Eira developing.

* Subsequent GERA postings will discuss the most significant issues.  GERA accepts that, although presented under one Theme,  many of the issues are related to more than one theme

DISCUSSION THEMES AND RESIDENTS INPUT

THEME 1 Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) and Local Planning Policies (LPPs)

  • MSS – Despite providing the strategic (overarching) direction for urban/town planning within Glen Eira the current MSS is outdated (i.e. pre 2006) and is based on 1996 Census data.
  • Local Planning Policies reflect the outdated nature of the MSS, while some MMS policies/objectives are yet to be developed eg.   Structure Planning, Parking Precinct Plans.

THEME 2 – Urban Design in Activity Centres

  • Structure Planning and Urban Design Frameworks to be implemented for all high density areas.
  • Review of all high density area boundaries
  • Development Contribution Levy (drainage) to be re-instated and advocating for higher levy rate
  • Overlays required to ensure or provide
    • Application of height controls for all Commercial and Mixed Use zones
    • Provision of diverse dwelling types (eg. apartments and townhouse) and sizes (eg. 1,2,3+ bedrooms) and density parameters
    • Reduced site coverage and basement car park dimensions not to exceed above ground building footprint (ensures increased site permeability and landscaping opportunities)
    • Neighbourhood/Preferred Character Statements
    • Balconies not permitted to exceed property boundaries or overshadow lower balconies.
  • Advocating for minimum apartment sizes and internal amenity standards
  • No waivers on parking or loading bay requirements and the implementation of parking acquisition overlays
  • Private open space provisions (eg. balconies) to be applicable to Commercial and Mixed Use Zones.
  • Enforcement of time restricted parking provisions and a review undertaken on the applicability of those provisions.

THEME 3 Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD)

  • Implement tree protection  (private and public land) – planning scheme provisions are inadequate
  • Energy efficiency ratings and Water Conservation strategies to be applicable to all new construction.
  • Mandatory access to natural light and ventilation for all habitable rooms in multi-unit, multi-storey dwellings.
  • Increased permeable surface requirements in all zones
  • Acquisition of open space
  • Increased open space levy and higher levy rates applicable to Commercial, Mixed Use, Residential Growth and General Residential zones
  • Improved public safety
  • Focus on Sustainable Transport – public transport, pedestrian and cyclist safety.
  • Advocating for an improved public transport system.

THEME 4 Car Parking and Transport

  • Reinstatement of Road Safety Strategy (lapsed in 2012) – focus on pedestrian and cyclist safety and traffic management treatments
  • Reinstatement of Local Area Traffic Management  (LATM)
  • No. of budgeted traffic management treatments to be increased from 3 p.a. to at least 10 p.a.
  • Implementation of Parking Precinct Plans and Parking Acquisition Overlays
  • Application of residential parking permit system and time restricted parking provisions required to be reviewed

THEME 5  Neighbourhood Character

  • Regular assessment of Neighbourhood Character required. Reassessment required to be undertaken in 2016.
  • Neighbourhood Character (NCO) and Design Development Overlays (DDO) to be applied to Neighbourhood Residential Zones
  • NCO and DDO to be applied to “large lots” (> 2000 sqm) in Neighbourhood Residential Zones

THEME 6 Heritage

  • Regular assessment of Heritage required. Glen Eira’s 1996 Heritage Management Plan is overdue for reassessment.
  • MSS and LPPs should include provision for Heritage classification as per Heritage Advisors recommendations both on an ad hoc basis and as part of the regular review process.
  • Significance of recognized heritage areas diminished by allowing unsympathetic redevelopment of sites deemed “non contributory”.
  • Councillors and Council Officers to take into account Independent Heritage Advisors recommendations  and residents expressed views as heritage issues arise.

 CLOSING SESSION

  • Performance measures included in MSS and LPPs to be included in current and all future Planning Scheme Reviews.
  • Planning Scheme Review should take into account recent VCAT judgement justifications which contain criticisms of Glen Eira’s Planning Scheme.

As mentioned previously we urge residents to take advantage of this overdue community consultation opportunity by

  • Attending one of the 3 remaining Planning Review Sessions and the Key Issues Meeting on 15th June, 2016.
  • Making a formal submission to Council – numbers count

Only your participation ensures that your opinions are considered.

MEDICAL CENTRES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD RESIDENTIAL ZONE

Since the August, 2011 Zone Implementation we are receiving and increasing number of requests for information related to Medical Centres in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone – both for new Centres and the expansion of existing Centres.  Hence we thought it appropriate to provide our readers with an overview of the relevant Planning Scheme’s Clauses.

Clauses listed may be accessed via the Glen Eira Planning Scheme

 

CLAUSE 32.09 NEIGHBOURHOOD RESIDENTIAL ZONE – 22/08/2013

32.09-1 Defines requirements for use as a Medical Centre as being

  • The gross floor area of all buildings must not exceed 250 square metres.
  • Must be located in an existing building.
  • The site must adjoin, or have access to, a road in a Road Zone (refer Clause 22.02)
  • Must not require a permit under clause 52.06 Car Parking – 01/07/2014

 While this Clause is predominantly applicable to new centres, with regards proposed expansions to existing centres, it provides a guideline of the Clause’s intended objectives re size, intensity of use and location.  These intended objectives and the Clause’s Decision Guidelines (a.k.a. factors which may be considered when assessing planning permit applications) should also be taken into account when reviewing planning permit applications for expanded use.

32.09-11 Decision Guidelines – 01/07/2013.

Non-residential use and development

In the local neighbourhood context:

  • Whether the use or development is compatible with residential use.
  • Whether the use generally serves local community needs.
  • The scale and intensity of the use and development.
  • The design, height, setback and appearance of the proposed buildings and works.
  • The proposed landscaping.
  • The provision of car and bicycle parking and associated accessways.
  • Any proposed loading and refuse collection facilities.
  • The safety, efficiency and amenity effects of traffic to be generated by the proposal.

CLAUSE 52.06 – CAR PARKING 01/07/2014

Applicable to a new medical centre or an increase in the floor or site area of an existing centre. It defines minimum car parking requirements.  One of the Clauses stated purposes is “To ensure that car parking does not adversely affect the amenity of the locality

52.06-9 Decision guidelines 19/4/2013

Included in the list of factors to be considered are:

  • The role and function of nearby roads and the ease and safety with which vehicles gain access to the site.
  • The protection and enhancement of the streetscape.
  • The provisions of landscaping for screening and shade.
  • The amenity of the locality and any increased noise or disturbance to dwellings and the amenity of pedestrians.

 CLAUSE 22.02 NON RESIDENTIAL USES IN RESIDENTIAL ZONES POLICY 23/04/2015  

As per Clause 22.02-1, the “intent of the Policy is to provide direction for applicants in terms of minimising residential amenity impacts, preferred locations and design of non-residential uses and facilities … in a residential areas”

  • Non residential uses are defined as being a medical centres, places of worship and places of assembly.
  • Residential Areas are defined as being the Residential Growth Zone (RGZ), General Residential Zone GRZ), Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) and Mixed Use Zone (MUZ).

Clause 22.02-2 – Preferred Locations are defined “to encourage the development or extension of non-residential uses in suitable locations which comply with orderly and proper planning principles”.

Policies outlined in Clause 22.02-2 include

  • Encourage the location of non-residential uses in “preferred locations” including main and secondary roads and on corner sites with vehicular access from service or side road”. Please note that under the heading performance measures, preferred locations are “identified as abutting main or secondary roads”.
  • Main Roads
  • Consider other locations where it can be demonstrated that residential amenity will not be unreasonably compromised.
  • Direct uses to locations where there will be minimal impact on the local amenity, including through the introduction of traffic and parking of cars

 Clauses 22.02-3 (Siting and Design) and 22.02-4 (Landscaping)

These Clauses are primarily related to the building envelope, set backs and landscaping of street interfaces. As such they are best discussed when accompanied by a planning permit application.

Clause 22.02-5 General Amenity

                 The objective of this Clause is “to minimise the effect of  non                  residential uses on the residential amenity” via policies which

  • Ensure the intensity of the use, in terms of staff levels, numbers of people providing health services, patron numbers and hours of operation are appropriate to the site layout, locality and does not unreasonably impact the amenity of the neighbouring properties.
  • Promote small scale uses (no more than 2 people providing health services) to operate in the existing dwellings, in order to maintain the residential appearance and nature of the locality.
  • Minimize any visual and acoustic privacy impacts to neighbouring properties.

The Performance Measures (a.k.a. Decision Guidelines) include bench marks for operating hours, screening treatments for overlooking adjoining properties and acoustic treatments and screening required for noise abatement.

Clause 22.02-6

 The objective of this Clause is “to provide adequate and appropriate signage” via policies which “ensure that the proposed height, area and number of any signage is appropriate to the size and location of the development”

The Performance Measures (a.k.a. Decision Guidelines) include signage dimensions, heights and location.

ADDITIONAL CLAUSES

 The below listing includes Clauses that are also relevant to Non Residential uses in Residential Areas, however, some content of these may also be included in the review of the above Clauses.

CLAUSE 21.08 INSTITUTIONAL AND NON RESIDENTIAL USES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS 23/04/2015

Objectives

  • To ensure that non-residential uses are successfully integrated into residential zones with minimum impact and minimum loss of residential amenity.
  • To ensure community awareness and input into the long term expansion plans of large institutions in residential areas.

 CLAUSE 21.04 HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT- 28/05/2015

 Objectives

  • To ensure a greater diversity of housing to meet future housing needs.
  • To improve and protect the livability, neighbourhood character and amenity of Glen Eira.
  • To promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.
  • To stimulate and improve the vitality of Glen Eira’s commercial centres.
  • To improve access to housing for residents with special housing needs.
  • To ensure integrated neighbourhood planning of Glen Eira’s suburbs.

CLAUSE 21.03 VISION – STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK – 02/06/2011

Part of the Municipal Strategic Statement that although including some aged components (eg. Key Land Use Vision – 19/01/2006), provides a broad overview of the Glen Eira’s Planning Framework.

 

AGM & PLANNING FORUM

PLANNING ZONES

THE RESIDENTS’ VIEW

 An opportunity to hear & discuss issues with Ian Wood, President, Save Our Suburbs

Date:                  Wednesday,  19th November, 2014

Time:                7.00 p.m. AGM,  7.30 p.m. Planning Presentation

Venue:             Bentleigh Club, Yawla Street, Bentleigh

       Admission:   Gold Coin Donation

                    ALL WELCOME

 

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WHAT IS INAPPROPRIATE/OVERDEVELOPMENT

Planning that focuses on directing new construction to specific areas without appropriate consideration being given to the development and maintenance of a community by the management of cumulative social and environmental impacts for current and future residents, eg.

Transport Infrastructure     – Traffic congestion   – Car Parking

– Neighbourhood Character – Flooding/Drainage  – Public Safety

– School capacity                 – Tree Protection                – Open Space (Parks)

– Health Care                        – Heritage                              – Sustainability

HOW CAN WE STOP IT IN GLEN EIRA?

 BECOME INFORMED

  • ATTEND the Planning Forum

The introduction of the new Planning Zones and other recent planning “reforms”, in both Glen Eira and across Melbourne, is starting to have a significant impact. As President of SOS and a Planning Consultant, Ian Wood, has been following the latest planning changes and how some Councils, including Glen Eira, have been implementing the new guidelines.

 This is an opportunity to obtain information on the zones and how they impact current and future residents.

  •  VISIT residents websites

Glen Eira Residents Association 

McKinnon & Ormond – Oppose Inappropriate Development on Facebook

L.A.R.G.E.                                 

Save Our Suburbs

Glen Eira Debates

          

 MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN to Councillors, the Media and candidates in the upcoming State Election by Signing the Online Petition

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WHAT IS YOUR ZONE?    Look up the zoning for your property and surrounding properties on the State Government Website.

NRZ1              Neighbourhood Residential Zone – 2 storey height limit

GRZ1, 2, 3    General Residential Zone – 3 storey height limit

RGZ1              Residential Growth Zone – 4 storey height limit

C1Z & C2Z    Commerical Zones (includes residential accommodation) – no height limit

MUZ               Mixed Use Zone (includes residential accommodation) – no height limit

TRANSPORT FORUM – Will transport promises make the grade?

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The Melbourne Transport Forum (which represents 23 Melbourne metro Councils) and Leader Newspapers have jointly organised a series of town hall style forums to discuss transport issues in various Metro Melbourne municipalities. The forums, to be facilitated by the Mayor, are an opportunity for the public to meet 3 local candidates, standing in the upcoming (November) state election, face-to-face and ask questions about transport issues. The local election candidates, from the major political parties, will address the forum and take questions from the public.  Details for the Glen Eira forum are as follows

Glen Eira Forum Details

 SPEAKERS

David Southwick, MLA for Caulfield (Liberal)
Nick Staikos, ALP Candidate for Bentleigh (Legislative Assembly)
Sean Mulcahy, Greens candidate for Bentleigh (Legislative Assembly)

 WHEN                       September 10, 2014 at 7pm – 8:15pm

WHERE                     Glen Eira Town Hall

RSVP                                  RSVP to the Glen Eira Forum

RAISE AN ISSUE     Raise a question to be discussed at the forum

 

GERA believes that the long standing issue of providing adequate public transport to a dramatically increasing population is yet to be addressed or firmly committed to.

For the past 15 – 20 years,

  • improved public transport election promises have abounded (and are doing so again as the November state election approaches) and
  • planning policies have focussed increased housing supply around public transport service points
  • while much transport planning has occurred (and continues to occur – Pakenham-Cranebourne Rail Corridor Project), few actual improvements to the public transport system have occurred.

The many and varied issues arising from housing planning (predicated on the provision of adequate public transport) outstripping the provision of that public transport are well documented and impact us all. Glen Eira, being a middle ring municipality crossed by the rail (3), tram (4)* and various bus networks, is experiencing all of these issues.

Although biographical information on the public transport background of the speakers is scant (Southwick, Staikos and Mulcahy) the speakers may well become our State representatives in November. Therefore, GERA encourages residents to raise issues to be discussed at the forum and to attend the forum to hear what’s being offered and voice their concerns.

 

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* Glen Eira hard rail public transport services

 Train Lines

 

Tram routes

  • Route 3 – East Malvern to Melbourne University which travels along Waverley Rd, Balaclava Rd, Carlisle St before proceeding along St Kilda Rd into the Central Business District
  • Route 16 – Kew to St Kilda and Melbourne University which travels along Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn Rd and Balaclava Rd, Carlisle St, The Esplanade, Fitzroy St before proceeding along St Kilda Rd into the Central Business District
  • Route 64 – East Brighton to Melbourne University which runs along Hawthorn Rd and Dandenong Rd, before proceeding along St Kilda Rd into the Central Business District
  • Route 67 – Carnegie to Melbourne University which runs along Glen Huntly Rd and Brighton Rd, before proceeding along St Kilda Rd into the Central Business District

 Source: Wikipedia