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Council has organised an information/consultation session between the applicant, council and objectors commencing at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 4 September at St Kilda Town Hall offices, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda.       Details : www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

24-26 & 28 Chapel Street for a mixed use 20 storey building comprising of dwellings, office, food and drink premises over the railway line at Windsor. Stonnington Council refused to grant a planning permit. The developers have taken their case to VCAT reference no. P2556/2017. Full hearing on 23 July 2018 for 8 days – Stonnington Council defending at VCAT its refusal of a permit with legal representation.

At 48 & 50 Alma Road, St Kilda – Council has taken owners to VCAT for non-compliance matters relating to backpackers planning/noise issues. Council refused a planning permit for two storey studio at 48 Alma Rd.

At 28 Wellington Street, St Kilda – there is a proposal to alter the existing building to create 30 self contained community housing units.  Details of the proposal are on the Port Phillip Council website where the planning application is currently at public advertising. Go to: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au 

A Council information session was held on 27/11/17 attended by JAAG committee members. Planning Officers took note of the various planning concerns which included overlooking, waste management, screening of equipment on roof, lack of on-site bike parking, car park dispensation and requested that the applicant address this issues.

Council waiting on revised plans from applicant who were in discussions with DHS/Council re purchasing or leasing the ‘public road’ (driveway) as well as considering other issues Council raised with applicant.


RESIDENTIAL ZONES – Amendment C123 approved


The Minister for Planning has finally approved Amendment C123 which applies the New Residential Zones across the City of Port Phillip, comprising the:
· Neighbourhood Residential Zone
· General Residential Zone, and
· Residential Growth Zone.

The approval is generally in line with the zones as proposed and adopted by Council. Some changes have been made to the detailed zone schedules, primarily to align with state-wide changes to the zones made earlier this year by the Minister (including removing the density control from the NRZ, applying a mandatory 11m (3 storey) height control in the GRZ and applying a new ‘garden’ area requirement to both these zones). Gazettal has occurred in December 2017.  Below is a link to Council’s website


Now we have to hope that Amendment C122 (St Kilda Rd South Framework) is approved soon!  For the background to Amendment C123 follow the link New Residential Zones


72 WELLINGTON ST – On the market AGAIN with planning permission

72 Wellington St 2015

A revised planning permit was approved in 2017 to restore Virginia House (3 bedrooms) and build 10 x 2 bed apartments on the site. Expressions of interest closed on 24 November 2017.

To read all the history behind this planning application click here.


54-60 St Kilda Road, St Kilda (corner Charnwood Rd, former Royal Flying Doctor Service)

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal recently considered an application to redevelop this site on the east side of St. Kilda Road with a 10 storey (103 unit) residential/commercial building. The proposed building was reduced before the hearing to a 9 storey (93) unit building.  The application was opposed by affected residents of Charnwood Road and Octavia Street and the Port Phillip Council.

On 14 August 2017 VCAT refused the application for a 9 storey building, but granted a permit for a 7 storey building, subject to conditions. The tallest section of the building will be at the St. Kilda Road interface. The building will ‘step down’ towards the east and the Charnwood Road residences, and end with 2 storey ‘townhouses’ with setbacks from them to the nearest Charnwood Road residence of between 6.1 and 8.5 metres. There will be greater setbacks at higher levels.

VCAT based its decision largely on the existing provisions of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. However, it also took into account the St. Kilda Road South Urban Design and Land Use Framework (Amendment C122), still in draft form. JAAG and the Council have been working on the Framework for a number of years.

VCAT pointed out that the Framework articulates a vision for a graduation in building heights along St. Kilda Road, with the tallest buildings being at the Junction. As part of this vision the Framework specifies a discretionary height limit of 6 storeys for the site, and a 4 storey limit for the terrace of heritage shops to the south. VCAT formed the view that a 9 storey building would not contribute to achieving an overall consistency of scale within the St. Kilda Road streetscape, which is a test which must under the Framework be fulfilled if the 6 storey limit is to be exceeded. It also considered that a 9 storey building would not respect the height of the heritage shops. On the other hand, it felt that a 7 storey building would be a more sympathetic response to the heritage shops.

JAAG believes that VCAT’s decision will be a useful precedent when other development applications are made for the east side of St. Kilda Road. JAAG is also pleased that VCAT decided that it was not reasonable to add parking by visitors to the site to the already high demand for on street parking in Charnwood Road and Charnwood Grove . All visitor parking must be provided for in the building.


14 Punt Road, Windsor – 113 bed backpacker hostel approved by VCAT (May 2017)

31 objections were received by Council for the planning application for a 113 bed backpackers with building works including part demolition at 14 Punt Road, Windsor.  Further to hearings in January and March and requests for detailed plans, VCAT has recently approved the permit at the former Tai Ping cafe at the corner of Punt & Nelson.


Managing Residential Development Advisory Committee (MRDAC)

JAAG has made a submission to the MRDAC which has been appointed to report on the application of zones that provide for residential development (in metropolitan Melbourne and the four regional cities of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Latrobe) in the context of managing Melbourne and Victoria’s residential growth in a sustainable manner and improving housing affordability.  JAAG’s submission can be viewed here MRDAC submission.


Click on the link to read about other planning matters in the JAAG precinct 



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