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PROPOSED PUBLIC TRANSPORT VICTORIA SUBSTATION ON ST. KILDA JUNCTION MEDIAN STRIP – update 12 July

Sub StationSince the 4 May, 2017 meeting of residents called by PTV, JAAG has been actively working with the Port Phillip Council, and lobbying PTV and politicians, with a view to a solution acceptable to locals.

Under pressure from JAAG and the Council, PTV has investigated a number of potential alternative sites for the substation. However it recently informed JAAG that, for a variety of reasons, none of the alternatives was feasible, and that it will proceed with the construction of a substation at St. Kilda Junction southern median landscaped area.

PTV has, however, agreed to appoint an architect to design the substation, and both JAAG and the Council have prepared design briefs for PTV to provide to its architect. PTV is currently developing a timetable for the process, including community engagement activities which will hopefully permit the active involvement of residents.

Independently of the substation issue, JAAG has been working with Council with the object of developing a Master Plan/Urban Design Framework for St.Kilda Junction. As a result Council has held a meeting with other State government agencies/stakeholders such as PTV and VicRoads to explore opportunities for a more cohesive approach to planning for St.Kilda Junction. The meeting was positive. One of JAAG’s objectives is to make sure that the development of the PTV substation will be compatible with the Master Plan/Urban Design Framework when finalised.

For more information read on 

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ST KILDA ROAD SOUTH PRECINCT URBAN DESIGN AND LAND USE FRAMEWORK – update 17 July

On 17 July 2017, Council released the Panel Report on the Port Phillip Planning Scheme Amendment C122 St Kilda Road South Precinct.

http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Port_Phillip_C122_Panel_Report.pdf

It is anticipated that Council will formally consider the Panel’s recommendations and determine whether to adopt the Amendment (with or without changes) at an Ordinary Council Meeting in September 2017.

Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council must consider all of the Panel’s recommendations but it is not obligated to accept them.  If in determining to adopt the Amendment Council does not accept one or more of the Panel’s recommendations it must provide the reason(s) why. This will be included in the Officers’ report to Council.

We will post details of the Council meeting where the Amendment will be considered, closer to the date.

INTERIM PLANNING CONTROLS FOR ST KILDA ROAD SOUTH & WELLINGTON STREET APPROVED BY THE MINISTER FOR PLANNING

The Minister for Planning introduced interim height and overshadowing controls, by exempting himself from the requirements of sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Planning and Environment Act and the regulations, by Amendment C145 to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. Gazettal took place on the 6th April, 2017.

Background

  1. The City of Port Phillip adopted the St Kilda Road South Precinct Urban Design and Land Use Framework in November 2015. The Framework was developed to provide a strategic basis for comprehensive revised planning policy and controls that respond to the changing development context of the precinct and to guide future development.
  2. Council prepared a planning scheme amendment (Amendment C122) to give statutory effect to the land use and development elements of The Framework. Amendment C122 proposes to introduce built form and heritage controls on a permanent basis to the St Kilda Road South Precinct.
  3. The Minister authorised Amendment C122 in May 2016 and it was exhibited from 8 August 2016 to 12 September 2016.
  4. A panel hearing was held over 6 days between 21 March to 28 April 2017. A report was received by Council on 19 June and released 17 July (see above).

While Amendment C122 progresses, Amendment C145 proposes to insert Schedule 27 to Clause 43.02 – Design and Development Overlay (DDO27) to introduce discretionary and mandatory overshadowing and building height controls on an interim basis.

The controls introduced by Amendment C145 will apply to ensure that new development considers the amenity of the area and protects key aspects of the public realm.

The controls are designed to protect the position while the separate amendment process is undertaken in relation to permanent controls i.e. to prevent inappropriate development taking place while permanent controls are formulated.  To read about the development of The Framework click here.

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RESIDENTIAL ZONES – AN OVERVIEW 

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The previous State government introduced the residential zones scheme under which Councils could provide greater certainty about the types of development that can be expected in residential areas by dividing areas categorised as residential into different zones.The greatest restrictions on developments are in Neighbourhood Residential Zones (NRZ), with an 8 metre height limit and limits on the number of dwellings which can be built on a lot.

Port Phillip Council commenced work on the zones in February 2014. Under its initial proposal, and with JAAG’s support, most of the JAAG area east of St Kilda Road was to be zoned NRZ. There have however been substantial delays in implementing the proposals largely due to the intervention of some developers and council-wide pressure groups and a less than cooperative attitude on the part of the current Planning Minister. In the process the proposals have been somewhat “watered down” in terms of neighbourhood protection. One result of the delay is that Port Philip has no zoning in place, whereas substantial areas in adjoining municipalities such as Stonnington and Glen Eira are zoned NRZ.

In July 2016 Council’s latest proposals were finally referred by the Minister to the Residential Zones Standing Advisory Committee which has just completed its hearings on 7th and 8th November 2016. Tony Browne of JAAG Committee made a submission and presentation to the Committee, supporting the urgent adoption of the proposals, even though they are not ideal.  The Committee completed its report in December 2016 and it is currently being considered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Minister for Planning.

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