Doncaster Westfield Car Parking On Development Sites – 500 today

The five level Car Park, proposed by Westfield to accommodate 570 cars, will more than replace temporary off-site parking at three adjacent building sites currently being used to accommodate up to 500 cars. The three sites pictured below now have permits for high rise development.

So after all is done – Westfield will have more onsite parking, but overall little change in total parking available… Continue reading Doncaster Westfield Car Parking On Development Sites – 500 today →

Westfield Doncaster to add 5 storey carpark $25M

If you live near the already huge Westfield complex , you might want to check this Application for Five Level Car Park at Westfield for 570 Car Spaces.

Neighbors already get a tonne of “light noise” at night, and car noise all day from the high rise car parks.

How ever most shoppers will confirm the parks are often full… Pity more people don’t  / can’t walk, or bus there.

 

Manningham City Council Planning Register

Planning Application PL13/023936 Continue reading Westfield Doncaster to add 5 storey carpark $25M →

Big Building Approved next door what can you do now? DUST.

Well if they are going ahead with a development, and particularly when they have started excavating, expect a ton of dust on everything.

The house, the path, the clothesline, the pool, the water tank via the roof – remember to clean your gutters when it settles down, and the air-conditioning units.

Maybe you should have asked for a high protective dust barrier as a condition while at council or VCAT. A normal six foot fence does not stop it….And it is going to continue for about a year!

Who’s going to clean the windows, cars, path, pool ( more chemicals,) pretty sure it’s not the builder.

Big Building Approved next door what can you do now? Roof Impact

Well if VCAT and Council say  it is definately going ahead, what can you do?

1. Move out     2. Build a wall      3. Make the most of the time and start growing.    4. Open a multi-storey car parking complex in your street.

What about your solar kit on the roof? You might have had some discussion about the impact here at VCAT, but now you need to consider if shadowing is going to affect your roof top.

In developers shadow diagrams they only show the shadows at 9am, noon,  and 3pm, at the equiniox ( half way between summer and winter,) and also usually stop at the roofs edge.

Now if you have solar hot water, power, or pool, you may need to move these devices to a new location.

It might also be your clothes line, or vegetable patch that needs moving. Hopefully these expenses were discussed at VCAT…

Over shadowing is allowed if your property has Sunlight for 4 hrs minimum over 75% of it, or 40 Sq meters of other secluded open space.
shadow drawing - curlew 5-7
The Blue is the development in this picture, the Red is the “acceptable shadow” at 3pm.
You can see the outline of the affected home to the right.
Obviously the shadows get bigger later in the afternoon, and head to the opposite side in the morning.

Rezone for My Profit Too

There is a rezoning application in for Mitchell St Doncaster. ( Jackson Court Supermarket etc.)

 As this letter points out why can’t we all rezone? Continue reading Rezone for My Profit Too →

Manningham Needs to plan for Parking

This comparison to Glen Waverley Activity Centre shows Manningham’s Activity Center Doncaster Hill is not keeping up with Parking…

Glen Waverley, a very small activity centre when compared to Doncaster Hill, is planning its third multi-deck car park to cater for future parking demand. These parking stations will be in addition to standard parking requirements already being enforced in private developments.

Despite a railway station on its doorstep and an efficient bus service, Monash council studies have identified a need to provide more car parking for future visitors to the area.

Monash Councillor Geoff Lake explained; Continue reading Manningham Needs to plan for Parking →

Tribunal tension – coming to a suburb near you

This article from the Age rings so many bells with those of us who have been to VCAT ( The Victorian Civil &  Administrative Tribunal.)

You really don’t want to end up there and it rarely has much in the Residents favor, but if you don’t try you can only loose. ( Try to resolve early at council.)

…Students examined VCAT’s planning decisions between January and September 2013 and discovered the tribunal overruled or altered council decisions in two out of three cases.

The Swinburne investigation showed by far the greatest concern of Victorians who appealed to VCAT was to preserve neighbourhood character. This was the primary ground of objection in one-third of cases.

The investigation revealed  VCAT dealt with several categories of planning disputes, which recurred across the suburbs.

The flashpoints included inadequate car parking, overshadowing, loss of amenity and excessive building heights. Many  cases demonstrated how councils tried to juggle complex issues within their local planning schemes, but invariably ended up being overruled by VCAT which, they said, disregarded their concerns.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/tribunal-tension–coming-to-a-suburb-near-you-20140111-30nu1.html#ixzz2r7tKiLlW

Big Building Approved next door what can you do now? Ground Impact

Well if VCAT and Council say  it is definately going ahead, what can you do?

1. Move out     2. Build a wall      3. Make the most of the time and start growing.    4. Open a multi-storey car parking complex in your street.

What about your clothes line, or vegetable patch that now needs moving out of the shadows? You might have had some discussion about the impact here at VCAT, but now you need to consider if shadowing is going to affect your living spaces

In developers shadow diagrams they only show the shadows at 9am, noon,  and 3pm, at the equiniox ( half way between summer and winter,) and also usually stop at the roofs edge.

Over shadowing is allowed if Continue reading Big Building Approved next door what can you do now? Ground Impact →

Immigration and World Poverty – By the numbers

Watching this presentation on you-tube just makes you think WOW, what is the right solution for the world over.

Poverty of the world population illustrated in a simple presentation using  gumballs…

Can  large emigration numbers to the US (or any other country) help?  A  simple but
powerful presentation.

 

Changing Water Consumer Behaviour versus Costs

The most effective way of changing consumer attitudes towards conserving water is to simply raise the cost. The forecast increase in water bills, due to the construction and running costs of the desalination plant is estimated at 22%, which is anticipated to correlate with further reductions in consumption. ABC PM: True cost of desalination plant blamed for water bill increases

Water is no longer being used as if it were “free” nor do you see patios and driveways being hosed down or lawns and nature strips being watered.

Financial year water consumption,(in litres per person, per day), has steadily declined from 247 in 2000-1 to 161 in 2012-13

Which is a decline of more than 40% over the period.

And that decline has happened while Melbourne heats up… Continue reading Changing Water Consumer Behaviour versus Costs →