Bunnings on Doncaster Hill – vote May 28th

The planned Bunnings development on Doncaster Rd Doncaster, between shoppping town and the Primary School goes up for council Planning approval at this coming council meeting Tuesday May 28th.

Council agenda can be found here

Bunnings application – Planning Dept have recommended approval.

Stage 1 which gives them all they need to operate. They will only construct 124 apartments of the required 385. Continue reading Bunnings on Doncaster Hill – vote May 28th →

Ex Planning Minister Justin Madden becomes an activist against development near him

This interesting twist came in from Mary Drost of Marvelous Melbourne, and refferring to an article in the age.   Justin Madden also signed our petition against high density developments in side streets.

SUCH IRONY   –  NOW  JUSTIN MADDEN IS FIGHTING DEVELOPMENT NEAR HIM.   I  am thinking of asking  him to join Planning Backlash.

When I think of the damage he did  –  of course I  think of the fact that he sent a Barrister into VCAT to say he approved of the appalling green  glass towers that now dominate Camberwell Junction.

YOU SEE EVERYONE IS A NIMBY

MARY

Justin Madden joins the opposition at Moonee Ponds. Continue reading Ex Planning Minister Justin Madden becomes an activist against development near him →

C96 community feeback done – but to what end ?

Well the community feedback night had a good turn out, and plenty of feedback. There were general questions from those new to the challenges of the building regulations, as well as some very specific C96  and panel report issues.

Several councilors attended, thank-you to them : Major Jennifer Yang, Cr Stephen O’Brien, Cr Paul McLiesh, Cr Dot Hayes, and Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos. It was after all their offer that made this happen. Teresa Dominik the Planning director also attended and gave some back ground on the process. I was asked to chair the meeting, which was a little challenging as Continue reading C96 community feeback done – but to what end ? →

Prepare for the High Density C96 Community meeting Wed May 8th

Good evening all,

For those of you who have followed this Saga, and strived to stand up for the residents view on these development regulations, next Wednesday is the next important step in the process, and close to our last opportunity to have our input considered.

 This meeting will need to be mostly “Technical” in Nature, we have to step past the emotions and provide clear and concise review of the C96 amendment to DD08, and Planning Panels Report.

 We should use examples of how developments we have seen, and that are proposed, have flaunted the regulations to the determent of others.

These examples are the key to proving why the changes need to be made to the planning regulations. Continue reading Prepare for the High Density C96 Community meeting Wed May 8th →

High Density C96 IPP Feedback with Councilors Wed May 8th

Now that the independent Planning Panel has delivered their report on Amendment C96, (IPP Hearing Report,) we have our last opportunity to be consulted at this Community meeting, leading up to the submitters meeting

This will be specifically about C96, the DD08 high density ammendment– no other topics, all three Koonung ward councilors will be there,  and any other councilors you can encourage to attend.

This meeting will be for us,  the residents,  to advise the Mayor and Councilors what we think needs to be addressed from the IPP report, before they vote on it. The council will not have finished their internal review at this time, so they will not give us a stance.

Follow this link for more details and to RSVP  Wednesday May 8th – 7pm.

Continue reading High Density C96 IPP Feedback with Councilors Wed May 8th →

Sunken Apartments To Get Past Building Height Limits.

How many ways can heights be described? A clear example of  what happens when the rules have ambiguity – take note for the C96 amendment vote coming up
May 28th.

…To further example the uncertainty, the proposal (below) in sub-precinct A, at 185-187 Foote Street Templestowe, for a three/partial fourth storey, on a land area of 1548m, will be debated at a submitters meeting tomorrow the 18th April, 6pm at council offices. The proposal, which is actually 13.2m high, is to be sunk beneath the natural ground level by excavating to a depth equal to at least 3 meters (one storey, conform to the prescribed height of 9m above the natural ground level, (plus 1m extra to help minimise earthworks) despite the current  schedule which states; developments be designed and sited to minimise the need for earthworks (excavation) by either siting the building on the flattest part of the site or by designing the building to step with the land. … Continue reading Sunken Apartments To Get Past Building Height Limits. →

High Density IPP Report is released C96 – Amendment C96 Tightening DDO8 Controls

The Independent Panel report is now in the Mannigham council website under the heading

Amendment C96 Tightening DDO8 Controls

See Executive Summary from page 6 shown below, or download the full C96 IPP report here: manningham c96 panel report (Full report 488K)

Council will vote on this at the May 28th Manningham Council Meeting.

Media Release : amendment c96 panel report released

We would ask that you digest carefully the findings and assess whether the intent of the Residential Strategy Review –  which was the precursor to this Amendment C96 –  has been fulfilled which was to provide: clarity, certainty and a layer of protection for residents against inappropriate developments.
 
It is critical that Continue reading High Density IPP Report is released C96 – Amendment C96 Tightening DDO8 Controls →

C96 Panel Report Released to Manningham Council today – Public tomorrow

C96 High Density Zoning review, Independent Planning Panel Report Released to Manningham Council today 9 Monday April 15th – Public tomorrow.

I have been advised that the council received the Panel report today, and it will be on the Manningham Council web site tomorrow for public review.

Please take this opportunity to review it, and prepare any feed back for the councilors to understand community sentiment.

 

The Koonung councilors are have asked if the public would like a group meeting to discuss and give feedback. I think Yes.

It would need to happen late enough for us to properly consider, and early enough for them to seek clarification before voting.

Remember to discuss with all ward councilors as they all vote equally.

Mullum Mullum Recount Settles it.

The recount has been completed – without  D.Muscat’s Primary votes, and the result is no Change.

that is the three councilors for the Mullum Mullum ward are still  Paul McLeish, Sophie Galbally, and Meg Downie.

No-one has to go to the polls again…  Previous Story thread

 

Mullum Mullum Election Recount

The decision on how to deal with the invalid Local Council candidate David Muscat, and in particular the votes he wrongly took , is as follows:

1. Remove Mr Muscats primary votes, and recount using his preferences. If the three current councillors are still at the top then they stay.

or 2. If the final three winners change at all, then Mullum Mullum is back to the polls…

Full story here in the Weekly Review VEC ordered to recount council election in Mullum Mullum 

Our previous stories can be found here      See the Value of MrMuscat’s preferences in our previous review