“If a lot has an area less than 1,800m², a townhouse style development proposal only will be considered but should be a maximum of two storeys”
Manningham Council say they will no longer allow three storey apartment developments on land under 1800 sq m. (usually three house sites) . This applies to precincts A & B of the DDO8 (GRZ 1 & 2) but not in activity centres (shopping centres) or along main roads. The new regulations were contained in the C96 amendment, approved on the 13/2/2014.
The changes were first proposed in 2011- 2012, following the retirement of Paul Molan the previous head of Manningham planning. The new officer in charge of planning had immediately called for an amendment to the DDO8 to remove ambiguity and perceived bias in an attempt to regain public trust. The residential strategy document had been introduced by way of amendment C50 back in 2006 but it contained so much ambiguity, it was allowing developers a free hand. Prior to amendment C96, we had the ridiculous situation where Manningham council were spending a fortune in ratepayers funds on employing consultants and solicitors to defend the strategy against its own residents who had appealed at VCAT.
were the result of council allowing developers to overdevelop, up to four storeys in some cases., on small sites in courts and side streets.
However it still remains a question of interpretation writes David Willison of RAIDID (Residents Against Inappropriate Development In Doncaster) “The VCAT tribunal have found a blatant contradiction between Councils Policy and its DDO8 schedule. While the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) indicates a policy of limiting townhouse style development to two storeys on building sites with an area of less than 1800 sq m the DDO8 schedule makes no mention of storeys but only of a height limit of up to 10 meters which could comfortably fit three storeys. And where the MSS policy prescribes a three storey apartment developments on lots at least 1800 Sq m the DDO8 schedule prescribes a height of 11 meters which could accommodate four storeys with the normal excavation required on sloping sites”.
Adopted May 2013 after Panel C96
Precinct A is an area where two storey units (9 metres) and three storey (11 metres)‘apartment style’ developments are encouraged. Three storey, contemporary developments may only occur on land with a minimum area of 1,800m2. In this sub precinct, if a lot has an area less than 1,800m2, a townhouse style development proposal only will be considered, but development should be a maximum of two storeys. All development in Sub-precinct A should have a maximum site coverage of 60%.
Adopted in 2006 after panel C50.
Precinct A is an area where two storey units and three storey ‘apartment style’ development are encouraged. Three storey, contemporary developments may only occur on consolidated sites with a minimum area of 1800 m2. In this precinct, if a lot has an area less than 1800 m2, a multi-unit development proposal can still be considered, but development should be a maximum of two storeys and have a maximum site coverage of 60%.
Use of 2000 sqm lot size and other mandatory provisions. It was commented at the hearing, that the wording of the amendment was such that a 2000sqm mandatory lot restriction would prohibit any form of apartment development in the precinct, as subdivision of individual lots would not be possible. It was also submitted by Council that the Council building surveyor had recommended that the minimum lot size should be reduced to 1,800 sqm to better facilitate the consolidation of three average lots of 650sqm.
Recent approval of a town house style development at 21 Clay Drive, Doncaster situated in precinct A, on land approximately 930 sqm. Under its previous discretionary options Manningham council could have allowed a three storey contemporary apartment development but under the new mandatory provisions of the DDO8 building schedule it would require a land area of at least 1800 sqm