From the marvellousmelbourne.org website:
JOIN OVER 120 RESIDENT GROUPS FROM CITY, COAST & COUNTRY
TO TELL PREMIER BRUMBY & MINISTER MADDEN:
“We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take this anymore.”
NO! to stripping away our right to object/appeal. NO! to stripping away council’s planning powers.
Public Meeting at the Clocktower (Town Hall)
750 Mt Alexander Rd. Moonee Valley
Melway Ref.28 J6 Tram 59 ..Airport West from Elizabeth St.
Broadmeadows Train to Moonee Ponds (Sundays for seniors)
SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2.30-4.00pm
1. NEW RESIDENTIAL ZONES.
Will take away our rights to be notified or to object or to appeal about planning applications. Will impose unacceptable heights in all residential areas across Victoria.
2. TAKEOVER OF COUNCIL PLANNING POWERS BY THE STATE has started without any consultation. It starts in certain activity centres and will slowly spread everywhere.
All this development with no increase in public transport or other infrastructure.
MELBOURNE’S LIVABILTY RATING DOWN TO NUMBER 17 AND DROPPING.
Come to the meeting and demand our democratic rights
Organized by a network of community and residential groups across city country coast supporting PLANNING BACKLASH Tel 0401 834 899.
The State Goverment has initiated a review of residential zones in Victoria.
Three new zones are proposed. The Substantial Change Zone to promote a significant increase in new dwellings. Appropriate locations are areas “…. close to community facilities and services, employment or public transport.” For this zone, any specified maximum building height cannot be less than 12 metres (4 storey).
The Incremental Change Zone is seen as applying to “….most of Victoria’s towns and suburbs where modest residential development can occur.” That means mostly single storey existing development yet the proposed zone provisions require that any maximum height specified cannot be less than 9 metres (3 storeys). Of course the usual reassuring nonsense is stated – in this case, that the purpose of the zone is to respect existing neighbourhood character. We know from experience how much weight that will carry at VCAT.
The third zone is a Limited Change Zone intended to recognise specific characteristics to be protected and provide limited opportunity for increased housing.
Perhaps most concerning is the intention to restrict advertising of development proposals where “…. there is limited offsite impact.” And guess who will decide when the offsite impact is limited?
The full proposal can be viewed at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au. Feedback can be submitted until April 18.