Good news with regard to this development. After lengthy consultations and negotiations between the developer and objectors a compromise has been reached allowing the development to go ahead. This means that a VCAT hearing has been avoided and we have a better development as a result. Council signed off on the amended plans last night and commented that we were mature, community minded citizens, in being prepared to work together for a solution. This is a VERY rare event according to Council Officers and Councillors. Well done to all involved.
This has come to my attention and I thought worth passing on. Especially given Megan’s comments in regard to the Elgin Street proposal and the precedent set by 108 Power Street. We need to mindful that anything can become a precedent for anything else.
The proposal for 60-62 Burwood road will challenge the newly established guidelines for the West Hawthorn village precinct as it is asking for 4 storeys (instead of the 3 recommended in the guidelines, exceeds the height limits, wants a reduction in parking, and has balconies overhanging Morang Road, which is also a heritage listed area) Objections were due in on 19th April, but if people are concerned about the possibility of a precedent being set, it is worthwhile getting something in, in the next few days. We feel that if this is allowed, anything will go in future in the shopping centre.
Plans for this were lodged prior to Christmas and the developers applied to VCAT before council made their decision. Local residents were not informped and there has been no community consultation. Boroondara Council refused the permit and will be fighting this at VCAT.
A small number of residents have agreed to engage Nick Crawford from TP Legal, a town planning lawyer to present the residents case at the 6 day VCAT hearing on the 30th April.
Contributions are sought to cover this cost from interested residents. Please see this information sheet for further details.
Here’s a big development that has just been submitted. From the council planning application register:
Development and use for 38 dwellings and a shop in a five (5) storey building in a Design and Development Overlay (DDO12), reduction in the standard bicycle and car parking requirements and alteration to a Road Zone Category 1.
Amendment C69 – An amendment to the Boroondara planning scheme that implements the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework will be considered by council in August 2010. You can see details on the Boroondara Council Website here. Please register your interest.
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.
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.
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)
At the meeting on Monday 17th March the Boroondara council unanimously supported local residents by seeking to alter the WHUDF to reinstate the proper meaning of “low rise” development for the area around Hawthorn Square. In response to a letter signed by approximately 400 residents and personal representations at the meeting, the council will seek to alter the height limit to two storeys with a third storey set back. The council will also seek to correct the accidental deletion of the public space provision at the front of Hawthorn Square.
The next step will be to ensure that the community’s voice is heard and make sure that the controls are not watered down by the planning minister.