University High School boundaries tripled to include all the CBD, parts of Southbank and the Docklands from just North Melbourne, Carlton, Parkville and the northern end of the CBD. The Minister acts without any consultation with the Principal or School Council, no strategy or finances for facilities have been offered to service this huge expansion of the zone. It is reported that in 2017 there will be 200 students in year 7 alone based on the current zone, is this going to place yet another enormous stress on our school community?
RAiDers interested in the Arden Vision can down load the PDF published and discussed at the well attended Buncle Street meeting here 2016 Draft Arden Vision and Framework_low res
If you want to understand the current thinking on apartment building sizes and standards with in the State Govt You can access this PDF Better_Apartments_Draft_Design_Standards August2016
As dissatisfaction with the community’s ability to have a valid and equal hearing with regard to planning outcomes at either, a City wide or State level grows the patch work of local groups with a neighbourhood or niche interests in planning are co a lessing around the newly formed IMPA. The Inner Melbourne Planning Association is a group with both strong professional connections as well community roots that may help swing the current asymmetrical battle between big , huge, larger or multi national and Ministerial vision projects back into a little more balance with residents aspirations. This will be a topic on the next RAiD meeting agenda. Kensington has recently expressed support as show in the online record of their Nov 2013 meeting. Follow the link here Kensington Association IMPA Nov 2013.
Dear Neighbours – this update provides advice regarding a delay in the availability of the VCAT outcome which was expected by the end of March.
Jane Good of Brand Partners, our neighbour and legal advisor, who has supported our case at VCAT including instructing our barrister, Mr Ian Munt and expert witness, Mr Angus Witherby, received notification from VCAT on Friday, March 15 that due to a covenant on one of the properties comprising the proposed development site the VCAT Members are unable to make a decision on the application. To explain the situation the following draws on information from the VCAT Interim Order (dated March 12, 2013).
The issue: One of the lots that comprise the review site is affected by a covenant, in that it is to provide car parking to the benefit of another lot which comprises part of the review site. The process requires the Permit Applicant (Fabcot / Woolworths) to make a separate planning permit application to the Melbourne City Council, as the responsible authority, to remove the covenant. It is noted that parties at the hearing did not object to the removal of the covenant.
It is also noted that the Planning Minister has no authority to issue a Notice of Decision until such time as the covenant is removed. This is therefore embarrassing for both the Minister and the applicant (Fabcot/Woolworths) and should have been actioned BEFORE the permit application was lodged.
Required steps: Until the permit has been granted by the Melbourne City Council (MCC), the VCAT Members will not make a decision that could affirm or vary the decision of the Minister for Planning to grant a permit. A Mention Hearing for 12 April 2013 has been scheduled by the VCAT Members at which time the status of the removal of the covenant application is to be advised.
If the City of Melbourne decides NOT to remove the covenant Fabcot/Woolworths will be obliged to take the matter to the Supreme Court which will likely result in further delay and cost for them.
Implications for VCAT decision: Until the covenant is removed through the granting of a permit by MCC the VCAT decision will not be available. Given this the earliest we can expect the VCAT appeal decision is now mid April.
As our planned city threatens to spill into poorly structured chaos, there is hope & inspiration in two places this Friday afternoon 23 Nov.
At the Victorian Archives in the shadow of Woolworths highly contested & controversial Canning St proposal for a supermarket with monster towers the Victorian Archives on Sheil St are running a free exhibition of the competition to design Canberra. The passion, forethought and quality are of the entrants are inspiring. Mr Guy should take a visit to the exhibition as 100 years latter Canberra is a very successful city which has grown from nothing to 350,000 while catering for it’s disparate citizens consistently over time how ever dysfunctional its politics have been or are at any time.
The other delightful consequence of the decent into adhoc planning chaos, like a new Western suburb with no bus or train ( laugh and the world laughs with you, weep in frustration and Minister will step over you) is that it has prompted some thoughtfull and informative discourse in media, none more so than todays Age Article by Norman Day titled Marvellous Melbourne, a city lived on the street, is in peril.
RAID EMAIL UPDATE 29 – August 13, 2012
Dear Neighbours – it is now two weeks since we have heard of Minister Guy’s decision to approve the Woolworths proposal with minor conditions as they relate to the developments potential impact on the local community. On behalf of RAID the following actions have been taken:
Two street stalls on Saturday, August 4 in Errol and Melrose Streets. The general feedback from the community was disappointment that the proposal had been approved; several people signed up as RAID members and several generous donations were made. The stalls have proven to be worthwhile in advising people of both the status of the proposal and for others to raise awareness of the proposal.
A new poster has been prepared and colour copies are available to place in your home/office window. The theme is for Woolworths to bring down the development by 50% in terms of the towers and number of flats. Two sizes – A4 colour and A3 colour and laminated version – are available for a small fee to cover the cost of colour printing – $2.00, $3.50 and $6.00 respectively. Please reply if you want to purchase a poster/s to organise pick-up and payment.
Thank you to RAID members who have responded with suggestions for further action. Our immediate priority is to lodge a RAID application to VCAT for review of the decision by this Friday.
Members of the RAID planning group have researched the grounds for appeal and are putting together the application.
Recent media has taken up the issue – Age, Melbourne Leader
Planning for the RAID public meeting at the end of August is underway – more details to follow.
Please put forward your suggestions to get the message across – the scale of this development is not acceptable.
The Minister has made his tragic decision for the development to go ahead pretty much unfettered but the Melbourne Leader will be covering the news and wants to take some Photos tomorrow on the 2 July 2012 at 10:30am at Vaughan Terrace.
I know its during work for many people but try to get on down and show your support for the communities struggle for a better Woolworths development. As always kids & dogs very welcome & remember you are never too old or too young to make a noise and get involved.
Finally found a copy of the Ministers first plan to expand the CBD by fuzzy press release that was released a few months back. It has some unexplained yellow arrows sort Eastern font style circa 1943 pointing at North Melbourne and Collingwood. When compared to the latest press releases it seems in the new July 2012 plan of development by press release Collingwood is gone and the Docklands at Fishermans bend, sorry I mean development at Fishermans bend has grown in size and scope, has anyone got a PDF of the new prop.
Here is the actual press release from the Govt about the Fishermans bend, imagine not consulting the elected council who have been running a strategy plan and consultation process for over 12 months, sounds just like the Minister and the Arden Macaullay plan and the City of Melbourne all over.
City Councilors are our directly elected representatives, the City Council Officers in the inner-city councils know the issues intimately they have expertise and knowledge, most are strategic and seem to be pro growth and consolidation. The Govt should communicate with them and work WITH them not ambush them in this manner.
In other big news Docklands planning gets handed back to the City of Melbourne. Just as the glamour of announcing big developments and fancy towers has gone out of it and the hard, costly work of planning and implementing social infra-structure like schools, libraries, child care, aged care, ESL courses etc has begun in earnest it gets hand balled out of the Ministers office to the rate payers in Melbourne.
The Age Online 14 May features this great articile that points to why RAiD 3051 has to exist in 2012. RAiD is all about ensuring that the inevitable development that does take place is well thought out & systematic, not a series of politician friendly, developer driven, 6pm new worthy extravaganzas. There is much to be re-learned from the Victorian era when building tall and close together was a cheap “low cost housing” solution for workers. These became the tenements we had to clear after the war at great expense. Have a read and reach your own opinion.