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NINE ONE COUNCILLOR WARDS FOR MANNINGHAM

NINE BALLOT PAPERS TO ELECT NINE WARD COUNCILLORS Despite recommendations to the contrary from both Manningham Council and the Victorian Electoral Commission, the Victorian Government has decided on a single Councillor ward structure for the local government elections in October. It is assumed that the decision made on the eve of the last election, by […]

BUILDING TYPE & STOREYS NOT IN DDO8 SCHEDULE

ONLY ONE METRE BUILDING HEIGHT DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN LARGE AND SMALL BLOCKS According to Manningham policy three storey apartment buildings with a maximum height of ELEVEN metres are “encouraged” on allotments 1800 Sqm or more and two storey town house style developments are prescribed a maximum height of TEN metres, which includes a one metre leeway […]

THIRD PIPE MANDATED WITHOUT PLANT LOCATION

THIRD PIPE COMPLIANCE APPROVAL BASED ON PLANT BEING BUILT ON GOLF LINKS ESTATE By way of background, Manningham, in 2008, had entered into an agreement with Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water to develop an integrated approach to water servicing across Doncaster Hill which was to be YVW’s first venture in a built up area. […]

COUNCILLOR DIVISION NOT RECORDED IN MINUTES

 COUNCILLORS WHO REFUSED TO SUPPORT TRAFFIC STUDY SOUTH OF DONCASTER RD Councillor Gough, despite the childish interruptions from one particular Councillor, a cheer leader for the administration, and challenges to its relevance while speaking to his motion, was still able to obtain a majority vote determining that the Manningham Infrastructure Services Unit immediately undertake: 1. […]

CRUNCH TIME FOR COUNCIL TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT

HIGH RISE  TRAFFIC BEING DIRECTED THROUGH RESIDENTIAL STREETS Councillors have resolved that the Manningham Infrastructure Services Unit immediately undertake: 1. A new vehicle movement and parking study; and 2. An open space and community amenity study in the area of Doncaster Hill south of Doncaster Road and east of Tram Road. This was after the […]

RESIDENTS RALLY AGAINST CAR STACKER PARKING

MECHANICAL PARKING PROPOSED TO ENABLE MORE UNITS A developer of a town house development at 15 Glendale Avenue, Templestowe wants to install car stacker parking in 8 single garages so that the space saved can be put towards extra units on the land. Stacker parking in new developments is only acceptable where normal parking cannot […]

HIGH DENSITY PLANNED IN MANNINGHAM STREETS

HIGHER BUILDINGS IN COURTS AND SIDE STREETS New regulations will now require council to address the uncertainty and confusion created by its stubborn refusal to prescribe the number of storeys to be achieved within its mandatory height limits. This is welcome news for community groups, whose previous requests for similar reform had been ignored by Council, […]

SEWER MINE SITE SUBJECT TO FREEWAY APPROVAL

The location of the Sewer Mining Plant in Eram Park, North Box Hill, which is to supply recycled water to the Doncaster Hill high rise apartment scheme, will not be decided until the six lane expansion of the eastern freeway/north east link, adjacent to the proposed site, is approved by the authority. If it is […]

BUILT FORM OUT OF NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER

COUNCIL BIAS SIDELINES WINBROOK CRESCENT OWNERS Unit developments have to be well designed, site responsive and must not adversely impact on neighbours, the surrounding environment, streetscape or existing neighbourhood character as per clause 21.05 in the Manningham Strategic Statement  (MSS) of the Manningham Planning Scheme. It seems that the Council have not taken into account […]

HILL PROJECTS ON HOLD AS UNIT PRICES DECLINE

Oversupply, poor transport, tougher lending conditions and higher mortgage rates, particularly for investor loans, are contributing to the free fall in Doncaster Hill apartment prices. Median property valuations in Melbourne and Sydney are expected to drop by up to $1000 a week this year with additional falls in 2019, Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital, […]