PARKING DEARTH A BLIGHT ON DONCASTER HILL

“Cars are everywhere. They take us to work, shop and play. They monopolise our streets and roadways and mould the landscape to their insistent demands” ….Graeme Davison

Pay and display parking at Tower St building site Click to enlarge

Pay and display parking at Tower St Bunnings site
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Parking on Building Site  in Doncaster Road Click to enlarge

Pay Parking on Building Site
in Doncaster Road
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The shortage of off- street parking spaces on Doncaster Hill is proving to be a nightmare. Manningham council, who have limited parking spaces available in its own parking areas on weekdays after catering for 95% of its employees who drive cars, have not provided any extra off-street parking outside its own boundaries since development began 13 years ago, continue to claim there is adequate off-street parking throughout Doncaster Hill. The situation will only worsen as 320 off-street spaces Continue reading PARKING DEARTH A BLIGHT ON DONCASTER HILL →

THREE STOREY TOWNHOUSE SCHEME WITHDRAWN

“three storey townhouses are not supported by the Municipal Strategic Statement”

Townhouse/ Apts at 51 Beverley Street Click to enlarge

Townhouse/ Apts
at 51 Beverley Street
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Residents of leafy Beverley Street, East Doncaster 3109, breathed a sigh of relief when they were informed by the the Manningham Planning Department that a recent application for a three, partial fourth storey apartment/townhouse development at number 51, had been withdrawn. This was after  council had received 68 objections to the development, (application number P/L024481), during the advertising period.

The proposal was lodged despite council’s policy which restricts any building on the land to a townhouse style development of no more than two storeys. The MunicipalStrategic Statement says in part; “In this sub-precinct, (Sub- precinct A) if a lot has an area of less than 1,800m², Continue reading THREE STOREY TOWNHOUSE SCHEME WITHDRAWN →

COUNCIL EXECUTIVE WAGE BILL INCREASED BY 7%

Executive wages 2013 Click to enlarge

Executive wages 2013
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Executive Wages 2014 Click to enlarge

Executive Wages 2014
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The total wage bill for Manningham CEO and four executives was increased by $78, 298, from $1,106,771 to $1,185, 009 effective from the 30th of June 2014.

This was equal to an increase on total wages of approximately seven per cent from the previous year.

If the 7% wage increase was constant, using the exponential doubling formula (70 divided by the annual percentage) their salaries would be twice over in 10 years! Continue reading COUNCIL EXECUTIVE WAGE BILL INCREASED BY 7% →

CEO COULD AMEND DDO8 BY THE STROKE OF A PEN

Hanke Street Apartments

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         Five storey in Citrus Ct   increase in floor areas (higher density), tend to be larger and bulkier and can result in far more amenity and infrastructure impacts in these lower density zones.

Diagram of Streetscape The diagram shows a block outline form and how a 9 metre building would sit in the streetscape against a typical two storey building and a single storey dwelling. These flat roof buildings will have a tendency to dominate local streetscape character to a greater extent than what was typical of previous townhouse development. There is significant concern in the community that the height limit, 9 m, now up to 10 m on sloping ground, coupled with there being no limit on the number of storeys in the DDO8, will result in a change detremental to the character of the lower density areas.

Susan Howard of Doncaster, a RAIDID member and submitter to the C96 amendment hearing, believes that development could be better controlled by simply prescribing a limit on the number of storeys in conjunction with maximum heights limits in the DDO8 schedule in concert with the Maningham Strategic Statement, in a letter to Mr Joe Carbone, Maningham CEO, she writes; Continue reading CEO COULD AMEND DDO8 BY THE STROKE OF A PEN →

SEWER PLANT WOULD HAVE STYMIED SALE OF EGC

“waste water was to be harvested from the trunk sewage main at the golf course”

Sewer Mine & Treatment Plant (550-650 Kl/d) Storage Tank (1 ml)  &  Pumping Station

SMP LocationThe Manningham -Yarra Valley Water proposal, to locate a sewer mining plant on the Eastern Golf Club land, was the result of a MOU between the two authorities to supply recycled water to Doncaster Hill developments.    Sewer Plant Study  It was not supported by the community nor by EGC members who feared it would undermine the chances of the EGC obtaining a fair sale price for its land, if marketed subject to a Sewer Mining Plant being located on site, in addition to the prospect of a large area being negotiated for parkland. A lower figure, than what would be required to finance relocating, could have resulted in the golf club staying.

SMP Layout

Although there were some technical issues identified by YVW, such as pipe flow etc., it seemed more likely it was Manningham who wanted a definite sale to ensure the ultimate development of the EGC, that had caused the sewer plant to be abandoned.

Judging by the community and councillor’s rejection of a sewer plant  at          (double click to enlarge)     an  alternative location at Tram Road reserve it is difficult to imagine how a sewage plant could have been approved at the EGC. In 2010, well before the EGC sewer plant was abandoned Continue reading SEWER PLANT WOULD HAVE STYMIED SALE OF EGC →

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.

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The MSS policy in regard to storeys in sub- precincts A & B, is as follows;

Only two storey developments will be considered on land under 1800 m2 in precinct A.

Only two storey developments will be considered on land throughout precinct B.

John of Queens Avenue, writes; Why can’t the DDO8 be updated to at least specify a number of storeys? It seems that either document is being used separately Continue reading RESIDENT WANTS STOREYS LIMITED IN SCHEDULE →

COUNCIL MUST LOWER HEIGHT FOR TWO STOREYS

Three Storey CompositionThe 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 Whittens Lane, Doncaster,    (click on photo to enlarge)   overturned at a Vcat hearing. Council had argued that the proposal was clearly at odds with the intent of the Municipal Strategic Statement’s (MSS) (two storeys maximum ten metres) for the area where the subject land was located in sub-precinct B.

TWO STOREY CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS NEED A HEIGHT OF ONLY  6.3 METRES

THREE STOREY CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS  NEED A HEIGHT OF 9.0 METRES          

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Vcat’s rationale for overruling Councils decision; “the MSS  objectives clearly indicate support Continue reading COUNCIL MUST LOWER HEIGHT FOR TWO STOREYS →

DONCASTER MONORAIL A VIABLE TRANSPORT LINK

HIGH SPEED MONORAIL TO SOUTHERN CROSS STATION

Monorail Route & StationsEight-carriage trains every three minutes: Providing the long-awaited high-capacity public transport link to Doncaster from the Melbourne CBD.

The following travel time is likely: Flinders Street – Doncaster Hill: About 18 km in 18 minutes. (Click on Photos to enlarge)

Beats the Doncaster Rail Option: The high capacity monorail is more cost-effective than the $11 billion study option which ends near Greythorn more than 1.2 km away from Doncaster Hill.

Photo 2.This monorail link would use eight-carriage monorail trains from the outset to achieve a carrying capacity of over 15,000 passengers per hour per direction.The cost range estimate is less than $1 billion Continue reading DONCASTER MONORAIL A VIABLE TRANSPORT LINK →

NOBBLED FIRB CREATING RECORD HOUSE PRICES

FIRB IN LIMBO AS FIRST HOME BUYERS ARE FORCED TO CITY FRINGES   

Elephant in the RoomForeign Investment Review Board, under the control of politicians and bureaucrats and not equipped to curb foreign investment in established properties, is forcing housing prices out of reach of local purchasers.

The Australian has revealed that the FIRB had not prosecuted a single investor since 2006 for illegally acquiring property in Australia amid a wave of offshore buying. Australia allows foreign investment in new housing to stimulate supply, but  is supposed to prohibit foreigners from (click on photo to enlarge)   buying established homes in all but a narrow range of circumstances.                                                                           House Economics Committee Report On FIRB                                                     Boom or Bust,  in article 5/8/2014, wrote; Australia is in the midst of a chronic affordability crisis. Housing price inflation has outstripped both rents and household incomes for over a decade, leading to a residential property market considered unaffordable both historically and internationally. Yet, instead of helping to resolve the crisis, Australia’s political class is apparently Continue reading NOBBLED FIRB CREATING RECORD HOUSE PRICES →

Draft Tunstall Square Structure Plan DeJa Vu, Meet Nov27th

I am sure you are all mindful of this, but as a resident living near Westfield Doncaster that went to the first public meeting held by Manningham Council on its “vision” for the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre I would recommend that residents be vigilant on what the final outcome will become.

As soon as the word ‘Activity Centre’ is incorporated into any development plan residents should question Continue reading Draft Tunstall Square Structure Plan DeJa Vu, Meet Nov27th →