Monthly Archives: March 2009

WHUDF Height controls on Burwood Road

There is also some good news regarding the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework. Thanks to strong representation by the previous mayor, Coral Ross, the CEO and the head of Strategic Planning, the Minister has now agreed to accept the mandatory height controls and setbacks along Burwood Road between Power Street and Glenferrie Road in the amendment to the Planning Scheme to be exhibited.

On Monday night, the Council’s Urban Planning Commitee resolved to proceed with the Urban Design Framework amendment on the basis acceptable to the Minister. It is expected to go on exhibition in the next three months.


The final version of the above study is on exhibition with comments invited. A copy of the report can be seen at the Hawthorn Library or at the service centre at Hawthorn Town Hall.

This is a good news story for a change! The study proposes a West Hawthorn Village Precinct to be subject to a Heritage Overlay under the Planning Scheme. The proposed Precinct extends from the railway cutting to Power Street, on the north side of Burwood Road, and from Morang Road to No. 86 on the south side of Burwood Road. That covers everything except the new buildings associated with Hawthorn Square.

This proposal for added protection for the heritage buildings in the Centre is particularly timely as the height controls for the Centre sought under the Urban Design Framework have been diluted by the Minister. He has not accepted mandatory height controls here, only “general” height controls. These will be vulnerable at VCAT, so Heritage controls would be of great value as an extra form of control.

If you favour this overlay I urge you to submit comments indicating your support for the proposal. Comments should be submitted to Katherine White at the council by Friday, March 20, although submissions received next week will probably also be accepted. Email address is Her phone number is 9278 4535.

The Heritage Study also proposes an Precinct for almost all of Manningtree Road and extensions to the existing Morang Road/ Evansdale Road Precinct.

Amendment to Planning Scheme tonight

It has been almost a year to the date since the Boroondara council agreed to support their community in reducing over development in West Hawthorn by correcting the West Hawthorn Urban Design framework. Advice has now been received from Minister Madden and the council will consider whether to go ahead with the amendment based on the condition his department have set. See the agenda for details, but once again the Minister wants the removal of references to height levels in relation to specific sites in West Hawthorn.

Meeting agenda here.

The meeting of the Urban Planning Special Committee of the Boroondara City Council will be held at the HAWTHORN ROOM in the Hawthorn Town Hall 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
on MONDAY 16 MARCH 2009, commencing at 8.00pm

(The amendment is the third issue on the agenda)