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Yarra City Council calls for action on development issues

23 November 2016

At its 22 November 2016 meeting, Council unanimously supported a series of motions to address the challenges brought by rapid and large scale development in the City, including strongly advocating to the state government on behalf of the Yarra community.

Council resolved to present a range of proposals from the Yarra Resident Coalition to the Minister for his immediate action. The proposals relate to greater protection for Yarra’s heritage shopping strips, interim height control to the Mixed Use zone, increasing requirements for affordable community housing in new developments, public housing protection and increase, and increased open space.

Among other resolutions, Council unanimously supported writing to the Minister for Planning asking him to provide immediate authorisation to exhibit amendment C220 in relation to the Johnston Street Design & Development Overlay which includes mandatory heights submitted to the Minister in May 2016.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Amanda Stone said “the increasing demand for inner urban living has placed pressure on residential amenity, open space and public facilities in Yarra. This is causing great concern within our community.

“Council is working proactively to strengthen our planning system so that we can better manage this demand and protect against inappropriate development without building a wall around our city.

“Maintaining Yarra’s liveability and protecting neighborhood character, especially in our heritage precincts, is a priority for Council.

“Whilst our community has told us that they can accommodate growth and change, it cannot be at the expense of what is valued about Yarra and attracts so many people to live here. Good quality medium density development in appropriate locations can be accommodated without compromising amenity, liveability and our prized heritage streetscapes. However, Council is not seeing these sorts of developments being presented.

“Growth can and should be managed and leveraged for the benefit of the whole community. Council aims to balance the protection of our established residential precincts from inappropriate development with identifying areas in Yarra that could accommodate extra growth to meet the increased demand for urban living,” said Cr Stone.

Cr Stone has sought a meeting with the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and community representatives to present the community's planning proposals. 

The full Council Resolution from 22 November 2016:

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 1

Moved: Councillor McEvoy                                          Seconded: Councillor Fristacky

  1. That Council acknowledge:

(a)           that rapid and large scale development in the City of Yarra has placed pressure on residential amenity, open space and public facilities at the same time as the cost of housing has become prohibitive for large segments of the population;

(b)          the serious concerns held by community members about the impacts of development and the limitations of the planning system to control it; and

(c)           the efforts of the Yarra Resident Coalition to develop and present proposals for immediate changes to the Planning Scheme to manage development in Yarra and undertakes to present these requests directly to the Minister for Planning.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 2

Moved: Councillor Jolly                                 Seconded: Councillor Nguyen

  1. That Council present the following 3 proposals from Yarra Resident Coalition to the Minister for his immediate action:

STRIP CENTRE HERITAGE PROTECTION

  1. 1.              That Council request the Minister for Planning to introduce immediate protection for historic shopping streets through an interim amendment to the City of Yarra planning scheme, to alter the building and works requirements of the Commercial 1 and Activity Centres zones requirements to include:

(a)           a permit to demolish buildings

(b)           for new buildings and works that:

(i)            no building can be constructed within 10 metres of the frontage

(ii)           further than 10 metres from the frontage, no building can exceed 11.5 metres in height

and that the Minister approve the advertising of a concurrent amendment to apply to these requirements only to buildings constructed prior to 1939.

MIXED ZONE USE

2.That Council request the Minister for Planning to introduce immediate interim height control to the Mixed Use zone and General Residential Zones (Schedule 3) in the City of Yarra through the introduction of a Design and Development Overlay (DDO) specifying a maximum development height control of 13 metres and a development set-back of 10 metres and approve the advertising of a concurrent amendment to the planning scheme.

AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY HOUSING

  1. 3.              ThatCouncil request the Minister for Planning to amend the Planning Scheme for all relevant zones to adopt the practice that developments of more than 10 dwellings provide a minimum of 10 per cent of dwellings defined as affordable community housing, developed in association with an accredited housing association, on a sliding scale to 20 per cent for developments above 100 dwellings.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 3

Moved: Councillor McEvoy                                          Seconded: Councillor Fristacky

  1. That Council present the following 2 proposals from Yarra Resident Coalition to the Minister for his immediate action:

PUBLIC HOUSING PROTECTION AND INCREASE

  1. 4.              That Council request the Minister for Housing to protect the existing level of State public housing and increase it to address the government waiting list of some 30,000 people, including the homeless (as well as others in inferior accommodation) and to protect and improve the future rent and living conditions (including public open space) for existing tenants.

INCREASED OPEN SPACE

  1. That Council request the Minister for Planning that legislation be amended to require the open space contribution in a development to be proportionate to the number of dwellings.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY 

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 4

Moved: Councillor McEvoy                                          Seconded: Councillor Coleman

  1. That Council refer to the budget process the following proposal for the appointment of a heritage officer.

APPOINTMENT OF HERITAGE OFFICER

  1. 6.        That the City of Yarra appoint a Heritage Officer, independent of the Director of Planning, with responsibilities to include:

(a)          promoting heritage within Council and the community;

(b)          being available to residents to offer support, access to information and advice on heritage-related matters;

(c)           provision of in-house expertise to Council on heritage matters and policy, including strategic planning; and

(d)          provision of heritage advice on planning applications, advice on heritage policy, including attendance at Internal Development Approvals Committee (IDAC) and other Council meetings.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 5

Moved: Councillor Jolly                                 Seconded: Councillor McEvoy

  1. That Council write to the Minister for Planning urging the State Government to enact legislation which will ban developer contributions to political parties and individual politicians.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 6

Moved: Councillor McEvoy                                          Seconded: Councillor Stone

  1. That the Mayor write to the Minister for Planning asking him to provide immediate authorisation to exhibit amendment C220 in relation to the Johnston Street DDO (Design & Development Overlay) which includes mandatory heights (Design & Development Overlay) submitted to him in May 2016.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 7

Moved: Councillor McEvoy                                          Seconded: Councillor Coleman

  1. That Council receive a report at the earliest opportunity on the applicability of research conducted by RMIT on Yarra’s Activity Centres to Yarra Planning Policy.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

13.1 COUNCIL RESOLUTION – MOTION 8

Moved: Councillor Stone                                              Seconded: Councillor Jolly

  1. That the Mayor lead the delegation of resident representative to the Minister for Planning to engage in a dialogue about how these matters may be progressed immediately.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY


 

 


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