High Density Apartments in side streets, what controls, C96?

The regulations that control how BIG a development in a side street can be, are being reviewed, the last big review was 2005, and now the Manningham council has received State Gov approval to display their next iteration.

…Manningham Leader October 2005:  Seven-storey Hill units OK…

…..Long term residents of Doncaster Hill have been told to accept Manningham Council’s high-rise version for the precinct or move on….

2011-11  words of Planning Minister Matthew Guy: “the view that greater density can happen anywhere is not one that I subscribe to. We want to get away from days where people living in little courts, or quiet streets, wake up and find 50 apartments are going to be built where one house was”.

2012   Manningham City Council-spawned DD08 overlay into Amendment C96 – “tightening controls”

Are residents being given greater planning protections, clarity and certainty Continue reading High Density Apartments in side streets, what controls, C96? →

How Much Development Can a Side Street Take ?

  • 5-7 Curlew Court still has no decision from VCAT yet.
  • There is a sign at the entrance of Curlew court on Thiele advising of plans for 55 Apartment, 4 stories tall.
  • And another Long term resident has given up and sold this week, now making another three in a row…The first two held by developers, and the third selling before the sign went up.

Things do not look good  – If you want to save your Street, and everyone’s like us, Tell the Council to STOP it.

Council are taking submissions on proposed changes  ( Again) DD08 C96 Any previous submissions are not included –  this is a new phase.

The sites in Red have been recently sold to developers.

The single dwelling convenants mean that these site are not able to be developed, and can only be normal homes – next to four storey monsters…

Council announcements Hidden in Plain Sight.

A four or more storey apartment block could be built next to you – unless you help tell the council NO – Again !

You might not even get a letter about it, before or after.

C96 is the amendment of planning regulations previously discussed as the “Draft Residential Strategy”, and it mostly affects High density DD08 zoned properties. It is now at the next stage awaiting public input again… Continue reading Council announcements Hidden in Plain Sight. →

Queens Avenue – Councilors back residents – NOT Planning Dept.

In a show of the strength of community voices,  the Team behind Pep and Denise, rallied up enough objections (107) and councillor support, to defeat a planning department approval, and change it into a council refusal !

Magnificent !   the proposal for 23 apartments squeezed into a small 1400m2 site, had all the usual markings of over development, and all the rubber stamps of Manningham’s planning dept.  With the community voice and the help of another great report from Ian Wood, the councilors voted it down, and what was shocking was Cr Ellis,  previously unfailing in supporting high density developments, actually moved the motion to reject !

One great item brought to light was   Continue reading Queens Avenue – Councilors back residents – NOT Planning Dept. →

VicSmart draft planning Bill before Parliament – CODE ASSESS

It has begun, described as only affecting minor building works, but the explanations keep changing, and the proposed legislation does not look tight…

I have included a couple of industry watchdog comments below, as well as the bill tabled at Parliament.  (Short & Vague.)

Here is a copy of the Planning and Environment Amendment (VicSmart Planning Assessment) Bill 2012. Continue reading VicSmart draft planning Bill before Parliament – CODE ASSESS →

Refund my Excess Water service Fees !

Plenty of talk about this one, but here is the easy way to ask for your money back…. Click to make email below.

From the Age – the full article is below.

What David Galbally QC has recommended you do is send this letter below to YOUR water provider, with Your Account Number and name added, and yo should do it ASAP.  Some of the supplier websites are say they will give it back eventually – see below.  You could still play it safe and send your letter as drafted below. Continue reading Refund my Excess Water service Fees ! →

Vic Metropolitan Planning Strategy Online Forums – close June 25th

Did you know the State Gov is looking for your input ?

They haven’t got a lot of feed back yet so your input might be noticed !

Plan Melbourne online forums.

The forums  cover a range of themes such as housing, transport, people and the economy.

The online forums will run throughout the development of the strategy, however the current forum questions will close on Monday 25 June 2012. Continue reading Vic Metropolitan Planning Strategy Online Forums – close June 25th →

Misleading consultants, put a spin on Bikes and Hills.

A Picture can tell a thousand words, it can also be very misleading.

Here is an interesting Perspective, one from the Leader news paper, and the one the councils’ consultant taken – while standing atop a ladder. Continue reading Misleading consultants, put a spin on Bikes and Hills. →

VicSmart will create more planning problems than it solves

Further to our prior articles on Code assess...

VicSmart will create more planning problems than it solves

Save Our Suburbs    MEDIA RELEASE   12 June 2012

Most of the rationale for the new VicSmart planning process doesn’t stack up, according to Save Our Suburbs president, Ian Wood.

He strongly criticised the lack of community input into the new assessment criteria, council CEOs being responsible for permit decisions, the increased lack of accountability for developers, and the lack of appeal rights for residents.
Mr Wood pointed out that Continue reading VicSmart will create more planning problems than it solves →

Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’ take heed for Manninghams’ future

It seems Manningham is not the ony council with parking versus Developments issues…

A couple of things to consider here, so as to put it into Manninghams’ perspective.

  1. Higher density suburds such as those in Yarra is where Manningham is heading with it’s increased density plans.
  2. Most areas of Yarra have Train, Tram & Bus public transport. Manningham has bus only.

And while we are on the Topic – here’s one from Whitehorse Council – Grocon wanted to build 19 Storey Office with only 50 car spaces – not the 386 council recommended. Whitehorse Council car park wrangle – Melbourne Weekly Eastern

And from June 4th  Yarra Leader Newspaper:

Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’

The big parking squeeze on Yarra streets is set to become a council election issue later this year. Divisions have appeared among councillors on how to balance the demand for parking with a push towards more sustainable transport options. YARRA Council will review its policy on parking waivers after a councillor said the current system was pouring money into the pockets of developers and leading to parking chaos. Continue reading Parking waivers causing ‘chaos’ take heed for Manninghams’ future →