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VCAT REJECT THREE STOREY IN BEVERLEY STREET

Tribunal Comments: “In reference to the height (10m), it is recognised that the desirability of providing some flexibility for design outcomes that might include, for example, the need to accommodate varied topographical conditions that are a characteristic feature in Manningham, pitched roof forms, architectural features or even a recessive third storey element”.  “Thus, I consider […]

FORMER COUNCIL PLANNER DROPS BOMB ON DDO8

John Joyner, highly regarded ex senior planning officer at Manningham council, now the principal of Melbourne Planning Outcomes (MPO), has been engaged as the planning consultant for Anne Wang c/-Jiakun Li (designer), the applicant for a three storey development at 51-53 Beverley Street, East Doncaster, to assist at a VCAT hearing in September this year. […]

VCAT COULD DETERMINE FUTURE OF TWO STOREY

The Council decision NOT to issue permit for 51 Beverley Street could be overturned at VCAT and spell the end of two storey development anywhere in the growth zones. While the proponent may agree to a plan revision to remove the roof feature and make the building less bulky etc., the developer is unlikely to […]

TWO STOREYS BUT HEIGHT LIMIT ALLOWS THREE

“I would have thought that if the situation is to be cut and dried in terms of limiting the height of buildings to no more than two-storeys, then the DDO provisions should be drafted to reflect this. Indeed, there are examples of such controls in other planning schemes”. Comment from VCAT rejection of a council decision. […]

COUNCIL VOTED LOW RISE FOR DONCASTER HILL

Manningham anticipated that the eastern freeway extension to Springvale Road would significantly reduce traffic volumes along Doncaster road. This had provided the opportunity to transform the character of the road from a state highway carrying heavy traffic to a tree lined boulevard.   The 1997  Three Storey River of Life  proposal as part of the State […]

PLANNING BILL GETS COMMUNITY THUMBS DOWN

Recognising Objections Bill 2015, now before state parliament, is so weak and watery it may have the opposite effect and limit resident objections.  10 storey next to a 2 storey zone The number of objections will only to be considered appropriate when the determining authority deems the proposed use or development may have a “significant […]

CEO COULD AMEND DDO8 BY THE STROKE OF A PEN

Unless there are changes to the DDO8 schedule to reflect council’s policy of restricting buildings to two and three storeys, in prescribed areas of Sub-precincts A and B, council’s policy will continue to be challenged by applications for three, four and even five storey buildings throughout these areas. Such buildings, besides their       […]

RESIDENT WANTS STOREYS LIMITED IN SCHEDULE

A recent Vcat decision has prompted calls for council’s height to storey policy in the Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS), be clearly prescribed in the DDO8 Schedule like other councils. Heights-in-Kingston-43_02s19_king      Heights-in-Boroondara-Activity-Centre-Schedule      Bayside The MSS policy in regard to storeys in sub- precincts A & B, is as follows; Only two storey developments will […]

COUNCIL MUST LOWER HEIGHT FOR TWO STOREYS

The concerns there would be overdevelopment on small blocks after Manningham Council refused to amend the DDO8 schedule and prescribe a lower  height than ten metres for two storey developments, in precinct B or on smaller sites in precinct A, now appear justified after Council had its decision to reject a three storey proposal at 88 […]

VCAT SAY MANDATORY RULES ARE DISCRETIONARY

MANNINGHAM MUST MAKE PLANNING SCHEDULES MORE VCAT PROOF. Here is another example of where a Vcat member has upheld a developer appeal by overruling a council decision to reject a three storey townhouse proposal, at 88 Whittens Lane, Doncaster, despite it not conforming to the mandatory provisions (cannot be varied with a permit) of the […]