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CONTINUING SAGA – BETHLEHEM HOSPITAL 19 STOREY DEVELOPMENT

Earlier this month, GERA received advice from the BHCA Group that, barring exemptions and time waivers, the 60 day window for Calvary Healthcare to lodge a VCAT Appeal against Glen Eira Council’s refusal of a proposed 19 storey Health Care and Retirement Village in a Caulfield South Neighbourhood Residential Zone (2 storey height limit) had lapsed.

This advice included a comment that the Group “has contacted Calvary Healthcare with a view to moving forward in a consultative manner, should they choose.  From the outset we have indicated our desire to support an appropriate and sensitive re-development and would welcome any genuine community consultation.”

Unfortunately today, despite the BHCA Group’s wish for genuine community consultation re  sensitive redevelopment, GERA received another advice

  • Calvary Healthcare has lodged an appeal with VCAT and
  • Glen Eira Council and David Southwick (MLA, Caulfield) have both asked the Planning Minister to call in the application.

Details of the advised VCAT hearing dates are included in today’s advice (see below – click to enlarge) and GERA joins the BHCA Group in encouraging residents to register their objection/s with VCAT.

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

 

COUNCIL EMAIL SYSTEM HAS A GLITCH

UPDATE – 26/01/2017

The BHCA Group has advised that the glitch, first reported on 9/1/2017, in Council’s system that records email objections has yet to be fixed and not all email objections have been,  or are being, recorded correctly in Council’s system.

As a result some residents who have lodged, or are currently lodging, objections to the 19 storey development in Kooyong Road, are not being notified of the Glen Eira Planning Conference to be held on Thursday, 2/2/2017 at 6.30 p.m. at the GE Town Hall.

As per the below posting, any resident who has lodged an email objection with Council to this, or any other, development proposal should verify that they have received an auto reply to their objection.  If an auto reply has not been received, please re-submit your objection.

 

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ORIGINAL POSTING  – 16/1/2017

GERA has recently received the below email from the BHCA Group who are opposing the proposed Bethlehem Hospital 19 Story development in Kooyong Road, Caulfield South.

The email is important and self explanatory – residents who have submitted objections to Council via email for this, or any other,  development or planning scheme amendment should be aware of this “glitch”.   Residents who have not received an auto reply to an emailed objection should re-submit that objection.

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IMPORTANT ~ COUNCIL STUFF-UP WITH OBJECTION EMAILS

COUNCIL EMAIL SYSTEM HAS A GLITCH

It has come to our attention that a number of your objection emails have not been registered with Glen Eira council due to an inexplainable glitch in their email system.  All objectors should have received an auto reply confirmation email from council.  

If you have not received your confirmation you are not in the system and will not be notified of the community consultation meeting with the applicant and council expected to be in early February.

If you have not received confirmation of your objection email please resend it and make sure you receive an auto reply confirmation email.  Don’t forget to copy bhcagroup@gmail.com

NOT TO LATE TO LODGE YOUR OBJECTION

Despite the council glitch outlined above, there has been an outstanding response from all of you.  We do notice however that the majority of registered objectors are naturally near the hospital or in nearby streets.

If you believe you won’t be affected because you don’t live that close, perhaps the attached winter shadow diagrams  may cause you to reconsider.  Winter shadows will cast to the other side of Nepean Highway in the morning and past the Brighton cemetery in the afternoon.  

THAT’S YOUR WINTER SUN ~ MORNING & AFTERNOON.

Understanding how far the proposed tower casts a shadow, then it follows that overlooking of backyards is not limited to just the adjoining properties but covers hundred of metres over many streets in all directions both day and night.

If that doesn’t capture your interest then recognise that the tower will turn into a illuminated beacon at night that will light up your backyards and dominate the night sky for kilometres in all directions.

If your happy with all of the above do nothing.  Alternatively this maybe your last chance to lodge you objection with council. Send your objection to mail@gleneira.vic.gov.au and bhcagroup@gmail.com 

Include the following information in your objection. 

 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

 Include you name, address and grounds for objecting.

 

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,

 

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.

VIRGINIA ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – HAVE YOUR SAY

The following meeting notification, prepared by residents opposing the Virginia Estate Development, is provided to highlight a Planning Conference this coming Monday (22/6/2015).  Late notice we know but apparently few residents are aware of the significance of this proposed change.

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This Planning Conference is related to Planning Scheme Amendment C135 which “proposes to rezone part of the land to Commercial 1 to enable an integrated mixed use development over the entire site and amends Schedule 2 to the Development Plan Overlay (DPO2) to enable a broader mix of uses across the site”.

Basically, the Amendment seeks to change the parts of the site currently zoned Commercial 2 (ie C2 – Commercial/Retail uses only) to a Commercial 1 (ie C1 – Commercial/Retail and Residential uses) zoning.  In lay terms, the significance of this rezoning is that it clears the way for the development to comprise 4,600 dwellings with limited commercial/retail accommodation being provided*.  Thus the opportunity to live and work locally will be significantly reduced (decreased employment opportunities) and will add to the above adverse amenity impacts of the current development plan.

Impacted residents are urged to

  • lodge an objection (preferably by email, given the time constraints) to record their views and ensure they are “kept in the loop” as the Amendment approval process continues, and
  • if possible, attend the Planning Conference.

An objection guideline, prepared by the residents, is as follows:

Planning Scheme Amendment C135 – Virginia Estate Rezoning

I wish to lodge a formal objection to the above amendment and request several changes to the amendment.

  • 4,600 units represents an over development of the site and should be substantially reduced.  This can be achieved by changing the zoning to General Residential instead of Commercial 1 as proposed.
  • the area is poorly serviced by public transport and will result in more traffic chaos and until this is addressed the development should not go ahead.
  • Setbacks to East Boundary Road should not be reduced.  They should be increased.
  • Ten storey apartment towers do not fit in with neighbourhool character.   No higher than three storeys to be built.
  • A 20 metre wide linkway is not adequate open space provision and the amendment needs to be altered to reflect an appropriate land contribution from the developer.
  • Size of the apartments should be larger than planned.
  • That the developer be required to pay more than 5.7% in an open space levy.

Footnote:

* The balance between the two (ie. commercial/retail vs. residential), being determined by the developer’s assessment of the most viable option as the project progresses – as shown by the Caulfield Village Development, residential accommodation returns a higher yield than commercial/retail accommodation.

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