High density C96 passed to Planning Panel

Tonight the Manningham council voted on approving the council report, and passing it on to the Independent Planning Panel.

See our article on it here We were hoping to let the incoming council complete the council review, before closing this stage.

Very Disappointing vote; Only Cr Jennifer Yang and Cr Meg Downie Voted to let the incoming councilors have a say. We would like to point out that stand out actions like these are what we want to see from our councilors – now and in the future. Both these Councilors have supported us over the journey so far.

Cr Ellis, Cr Macmillan, Cr LaVella, and Cr Gough all voted to pass it tonight. Our concern is that then finalizes the councils report on residents views and recommendations.

Cr Ellis moved the motion – citing how they should finish the job, and how people wanted to block C96, ( the inference was permanently,) then trotted out the well used   “Ministerial push: Thou shalt move people into Manningham…” and continued with …if we don’t do it in these places it will happen in the low density and Green wedge areas….  He also referred to the 71 submissions, and insinuated the other 598 were insignificant because Continue reading High density C96 passed to Planning Panel →

Missed Annual Report at Special Council Meeting

Comment from the lady beside me at the close of the Special council meeting tonight 2012-10-16  ( and she was sincere.)

“When are they going to do the Annual report?” she said while waving the article from the Leader stating that as the reason for the Special meeting being convened. ” I came here just for that.”

Well I guess she must have blinked, because that was covered in a minute or two, no review, just patted the team on the back for a great report, and moved on. It was as if that wasn’t as important as the C96 vote that took something like 30 minutes, none of the councilors even got excited by it.

Maybe it was because like us they couldn’t read the report anyway, once it was reduced, copied, the color taken away, and placed in the agenda, it was barely readable. I suggested she obtain an electronic copy, to which she pointed out that was very poor presentation.

Ten Months after VCAT 5-7 Curlew Court gets an answer.

2012-10-10 VCAT Decision arrived – Approved as the full thirty apartments, but with basement parking alterations to accommodate screening tree soil area, and a second level of parking added.

We had a visit from the VCAT member Thursday last week, and knew it was coming soon. He wanted to look down the side of our home, next to the development.

My wife spoke to him, mentioned councils’ promises of no more than two storeys, he said something along the lines of Council hasn’t been fully open with you…they could technically build 10 storeys here.

VCAT Decision P2383 2011 Penbury Lodge Pty Ltd v Manningham CC (sc081012)

This is the outcome we expected at the close of the VCAT process, in January 2012. The VCAT member seemed fairly comfortable with the design by the way he spoke.

Although no building reduction was achieved, (and that was our goal, ) there is potential that the changes we have bought about, particularly the extra car parking, (was 36 spaces, now 46,)
might just keep our court a little less congested by excess cars. (Council Planning Dept had advised that extra parking spaces would attract those with more cars…  that remains to be seen.)

It is disappointing the the VCAT report does not cover any detail, and large sections of regulation non-compliance around the basement and car parking, as raised by Frank, didn’t even get a mention in the decision paper…. Continue reading Ten Months after VCAT 5-7 Curlew Court gets an answer. →

c96 High Density Recomendations Report on Council Special Meeting agenda Oct 16th

It seems that when we were all told not to delay the Draft Residential Strategy for any further refinement, and that it could all be considered later – some one was not telling the whole truth.

After that we were told the c96 exhibition period should be kept short.

Now a special meeting has been called and this is on the agenda during caretaker time, rather than letting the new councilors consider this.

Many of potential councilors have stated these issues as a significant part of their platform so I do not expect them to be unaware nor unable to give it due consideration.

 So what is the rush?  The only advantage is Continue reading c96 High Density Recomendations Report on Council Special Meeting agenda Oct 16th →

Manningham’s Council just approved the first 4 storey apartment building in a Side Street – But Mayor Gough says he is against Inappropriate development.

…And Mayor Gough states in his re-election spiel: “I stand for preventing inappropriate development, by ensuring that higher density is limited to our designated zones.” …. “I listen, consult and act with integrity.”

Don’t take everything candidates say for face value...

Mayor Gough has been very vocal at council meetings in supporting, even promoting the contentious developments , proposals the actual neighbors call inappropriate. His definition of appropriate seems to be whatever the developer can squeeze into the guidelines. And that certainly is NOT what the neighbors call appropriate. Neighbors are the ones that have to live with it afterwards. As for listening & consulting, Mayor Gough rarely responds to our emails – where is the consultancy in that?

Only Cr Jennifer Yang voted against the four storey apartments in Thiele St. Our thanks to Cr Yang for showing that she can see the excessiveness herself. All of the other councilors voted for the apartments.

The Manningham population growth identified does not need high rise in side streets, and does not threaten green wedge or other areas. Do not listen to the growth scare mongers.

As for the suitability of  the current council… Meetings have been full of personal attacks, bickering, infighting and conflict.  It has Continue reading Manningham’s Council just approved the first 4 storey apartment building in a Side Street – But Mayor Gough says he is against Inappropriate development. →

Manningham Council election candidates

Council elections are due this October 27th, 2012. It will be a postal Vote expect the papers in your mail box around Oct 9th.

We are keen to help promote key focus areas, and broadcast community sentiment.   RAIDID will also try to provide information and background on prior councilors and candidates.

Back to Main Election Page  2012-10-01 Nominees are now in for all wards, and their preferences and statements are here.

Heide Ward: The Ward consists primarily of the suburbs of Bulleen, Templestowe and Lower Templestowe.

Koonung Ward: The Ward consists primarily of the suburbs of Doncaster and that part of Doncaster East south of Doncaster Road.

Mullum Mullum Ward:  The Ward consists primarily of the suburbs of Warrandyte, Wonga Park, Warrandyte South, Park Orchards and significant parts of Donvale, Doncaster East and Ringwood North.

Wards in Manningham Council

Make sure you ask what have they been doing for the community, what experience do they have with council issues & departments?

RAIDID Endorsed Candidates.

(We receive no funding or other from these candidates, we just admire their efforts.) Continue reading Manningham Council election candidates →

Melbourne – The worlds’ most livable city still – Let’s keep it that way.

Now is the time – Last chance for another important step in maintaining what it is that you love about your home, and your City.

State Gov Planning changes – Code Assess – Your submission due by 5pm this Friday 21 September 2012 – example below.

State Gov Planning Reforms  http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/theplanningsystem/improving-the-system/new-zones-for-victoria

Do put in a submission – even if you just use our laymen’s’ one below, the reforms focus is getting developments red tape removed to promote the building economy.

The reforms will achieve this by allowing significantly bigger things in more places including green wedge, and by removing residents’ rights to object. If it meets the guidelines there will be little or no avenue for appeal.

And most of those guides lines are not yet defined, nor are the allocation of the new zones to current places. Continue reading Melbourne – The worlds’ most livable city still – Let’s keep it that way. →

Heburn Road Passes VCAT but won’t pass fire Regs

This is one of those red tape madness stories that is bound to have more to say before it is done…

Well folks, the decision was handed down Sept 6th 2012 on 20-24 Hepburn Road and it’s not good I’m afraid.

A permit has been granted and the full decision is attached.  P3568 2011 Khoo & Ors v Manningham CC (kp 040912)

We are finding it difficult to offer any sensible reflection on how VCAT arrived at this decision. But despite now holding a planning permit, this building still cannot receive a building permit as currently designed. There will still need to be significant amendments to the plans. Continue reading Heburn Road Passes VCAT but won’t pass fire Regs →

Why The Doncaster Sewage Plant Was So Wrong

If you were unsure about the facts, or had only heard the Councils’ side of the story, read on, it paints a pretty damning storey on the validity of any justification in the present day or future.   This is another magnificent piece of well researched information from Ming. Keep up the good work.   It is the speech that Ming presented to the Council and attendees, at the submitters meeting the night before the council vote. Download a copy here (30K). Council_Submitteers_Talk_Ming_final-forWeb

Dear Councillors, my fellow residents and all:

Obviously I am not here to debate how we should not to go politicking on community good will around water conservation. I am talking about a critical council planning recommendation requiring the application of qualified and relevant expertise’s, bounded by ethical & professional codes of conduct. When we discharge responsibility in this context, facts are no longer optional, nor selective.

This council report “proposed to support the application” of a planning permit for a sewerage plant, on the balance, brings no benefits but negativities to our community. We must challenge and ask why.  The origin of work that led to this planning application is the Memorandum of Understanding signed almost 4 years ago (21 Oct. 2008).  The objective is to (quote) “produce an integrated urban water management strategy for Doncaster Hill area..”, supported with 20 Guiding Principles include (quote) “recognising existing natural systems”, “choosing options that have minimal greenhouse gas emissions”, “considering total community cost”, “select options that will have a high level of community acceptance” and “improve community amenity”.  This YVW scheme failed on each of these.

There are many errors and issues in this report I want to talk about but giving limited time, tonight I can only focus on aspects of water saving and community benefits.

Back in 2008, we were in the middle of a server drought. In the wider world, better use of nature resource like rainwater was also becoming integral of sustainable living & building design.  We recognise & support Council’s desire to make Manningham a sustainable community.  To embrace “Beyond Compliance” and the leadership, Council have been strongly advocating & implementing the use of rainwater and stormwater.  Continue reading Why The Doncaster Sewage Plant Was So Wrong →

Sewage Plant Squashed.

At last nights council meeting there was a lot of debate about the Sewage treatment plant, the uprising of residents, and potential backlash from developers who have built around the third pipe rules.

Well in the end – the plant was defeated, even though the Manningham Planning dept had recommended it go ahead. One for the residents.

What a great decision in common sense when Councillors Reid, Downie, Yang and MacMillan voted down the planning application for the sewage treatment plant. It is reassuring to know that the councillors are listening to the residents and have great concern for the amenity, safety and health of those that would have been affected by this proposal.

Anticipating the risk of a VCAT appeal, Councillor Reid added the extra clause last night, saying that Council would not sell or lease its land for a Sewage or Water Treatment plant in Koonung. This effectively stops YVW from building at all, regardless of EPA or VCAT. Their only option would be compulsory acquisition of land, which we very much doubt they would do.

Councilor Reids motion was passed, and now the Council has No place to build treatment plants – the developers can still do water saving on thier own sites and use that for thier third pipe, or YVW could buy land for the purpose.

So further thanks to our ward councillor Reid  for providing us with this extra protection.

However, we still need to attend the EPA conference Thursday night to make sure we have everything covered and complete the process. Hopefully this is the last thing we have to do, we need to see it through now.

Please attend: EPA Conference Thursday 30th August 6:30pm-9pm Manningham Council Offices

We have to congratulate each and every one of you for all the objections, letters to the councillors, letters to the paper, protest attendance, photo opportunities, attendance at the submitters and council meeting. It has been a great effort and we are glad that we have been able to pull together as a community and keep Doncaster a great place to live.

More details to follow…