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
1. Arden Vision and Framework consultation forum
The draft Arden Vision and Framework has been released (refer attachments) and the following consultation forums facilitated by are scheduled for community and business to have a say on what is being proposed
- Community Forum: scheduled for 6pm – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 October 2016 at North Melbourne Community Centre 49 Buncle Street (Main Entrance via Mark St)
- Business Forum 7.30am – 9am, Tuesday 4 October 2016 at North Melbourne Football Club.
For more information and to RSVP your attendance register at the link: Shape Victoria
2. Better Apartment Standards – draft standards (refer attached) have been released. RAID (and individual RAID members) have provided feedback on the standards with the key issues identified by RAID being: in principle support for the proposed Apartment standards and anxious that they do not get watered down due to pressure from the housing and development industries with the following amendments recommended:
1. developers should be bound by minimum sizes for units and flats unless they can demonstrate that the design meets the objectives of the standards in other ways.
2. propose that minimum room sizes should be established and suggest that 12 square meters for a bedroom is not an unreasonable minimum, with 40 square meters allowed for a single bedroom flat, and 55 square meters for a 2 bedroom flat as reasonable minimums. At minimum all rooms and all designs be fit for purpose.
3. RAID does not support the stipulation that only 60% of dwellings with a finished floor level less than 35 meters in height: in our view ALL dwellings should have good natural ventilation.
3: City of Melbourne Council Election: October 2016: RAID has forwarded a set of questions to all candidates focused on key issues to support positive community outcomes in the context of significant growth in housing stock in our community including:
- provision of childcare and local government primary schools
- provision of open space and sporting fields
- strategies for maximising use of public transport and reducing traffic congestion
- how they will engage in timely and meaningful consultation with the community and stakeholders.
Responses received by the requested date of 30/9 will be compiled and distributed to the RAID email list early next week.
Traffic management update: Traffic management is one of the major issues RAID has been raising with the City of Melbourne Officers and Councillors, in particular Cr Oke, in relation to the Woolworths site and the Haines/Shiel Street developments.
The following update is taken from the CoM website (19/8/16) and identifies the measures supported by the CoM. A link at the end takes you to a map where the traffic calming measures apply. Refer to the CoM site for this and further updates: http://www.melbourne.
Residents have expressed concerns over the possible impact on residential amenity from the proposed North Melbourne Woolworths development site, both during its construction and following its completion. City of Melbourne has a number of measures either in place or planned to mitigate the impact.
The following traffic management measures are proposed in the vicinity of the Woolworths site:
- traffic calming treatments in Shiel Street, subject to the support by the residents in the street
- raised pedestrian crossings in Haines Street and Shiel Street at the Haines Street / Shiel Street / Dryburgh Street roundabout
- 40 km/h speed limit in Shiel Street and Haines Street
- extension of the 40 km/h speed limit in Melrose Street to whole of street
- upgrade of the existing bicycle lane in Haines Street between Dryburgh Street and Errol Streets
- improved two-way bicycle connection from Macaulay Road to Canning Street
- proposed bicycle lane east of Buncle Street.
A number of traffic management measures and bicycle works have recently been installed and are proposed in the North Melbourne area. View the map of traffic calming measures in North Melbourne (PDF 561 KB).
Or you can access it in our site on the following link Raid map-traffic-measures-north-melbourne
Objections to TP-2014-955 (104-110 Haines Street) by next Tuesday 23 Dec. This is a NEW DEVELOPMENT this is not MICROWAVE MAN its additional !!!
In the process of reviewing this latest application we have realised that we are now up to 277 apartments and approximately 217 car spaces with these developments in Haines and Shiel Street. (note: this figure includes the Woods Car repairs in Shiel Street as they have lodged an application for 69 apartments with 4 storeys in the front and 8 in the back).
This is totally ridiculous for this area and we need to make people aware of this situation.
The Canning Street site is now “under offer”, let us hope the new owners will work together with the local residents and Woolworths to develop the site and super market in a manner that better meets every ones needs. You cant stop development in most cases as the argument for increased density in the inner city is strong but you can work to make it better for everyone. Looking forward to hearing some news.
A big week RAiDers, chilly winds are blowing across 3051.
It hass been confirmed another big development has been submitted to Council that will combined with 1 Sheil Street further over shadow Gardiners Reserve, in particular the play ground end. We will now have more than 140 apartments (so far) all of whose cars will exit on to the heavily used streets around the park, action to save our park coming soon.
Action is important as you don’t know what you have lost until it is gone. This view of the Park taken from Zojo.com.au playground equipment catalogue would be back dropped not by sky but a 30 meter wall of apartments along the park, no afternoon sun in winter like now while you watch the kids, like the linear park on Moonee Ponds Creek a view gone for ever, you can look back to a much lower density North Melbourne in 1928 in the image below.
In other breaking news, Australia Post is looking at redeveloping the Rosslynn Street WestMelbourne depo in a proposal that contains a whooping 501 apartments. Wonder if anyone is planning to build a school in the area shortly, or expand the gym, or make the pool 50 meters, build a new park, develop some age care or will we just keep adding people without facilities.
Finally the latest twist and turn concerning the North Melbourne Woolworths proposed development is that: the site which is up for sale has possibly been sold and an announcement is probable by 10 July. This would account for the frantic tidying up and boarding up reported on Facebook last week by eagle eyed & concerned RAiDers.
Rumour further has it that it has been sold at a loss from the purchase price, which when considered along with the development appeal legal costs and the holding costs for the site may explain why Red Capsicums are $7:99 or more a KG at their stores but less than $4:50 a KG at the North Melbourne IGA. News of these moves comes from deep in the Age article on the West Melbourne Post Office site of all places and not form Woolworths, The Minister for High Rise or the City Council. Here is a quote from The Age Online.
Last year supermarket giant Woolworths, despite bitter opposition from locals and the City of Melbourne, gained planning approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a supermarket and 300 apartments to be built in two high-rise towers in Canning Street, North Melbourne.
Woolworths put the site up for sale through CBRE’s Mark Wizel and Justin Dowers who confirmed that a transaction was imminent.
Fairfax Media previously reported it will change hands for more than $20 million.
A former lord mayor and chairman of North and West Melbourne Association, Kevin Chamberlin, said Australia Post should inform potential residents that the suburb lacked the infrastructure to support such large projects.
In further news today Thursday 10 July, Warehouse Number 5 at the bottom of Sutton Street is in the news as Solomon Lew wants to knock it down despite its heritage status.
They say their plans are for a car park? This seems a little odd given that it could only serve the station or maybe show grounds on a busy day & its value is estimated at $20 million. $20 million Car park, today, honest, apartment block tomorrow when its knocked down, surly no one would do that, would they?
In response to the number of enquires we have about the development proposed for the site at 1 Sheil St, we can confirm, it is a 10 storey, 27 meter plus high development. The planning permit number is TP 2014-115. You can see the application on the MCC site at this link here.
We suggest you down load the link one on this page if you are not familiar with what is proposed, the PDF it is an excellent over view:
Every resident is free to object if they wish, some input has been provided by RAiD as a group. Numbers are important to the council in order to facilitate a review so if you feel strongly get involved.
While the design is by a very reputable architect, there are set backs and enough bike parks it is too big and with the plant on the roof significantly exceeds the most generous of high limits under the previous schemes.
Given the fact that we are about to lose the linear park to the freeway the communities concerns for the park and surrounds are understandable.
You may review the submission we have put here on these links:
Why are we concerned about this? In a nutshell
The updated planning application has been submitted to develop a 10 storey (31.6 metre building) of 46 apartments at 1 Shiel Street (corner of Haines and Shiel Streets) directly opposite Gardiner Reserve.
This site was subject to a planning application in 2013 – for a 6 storey, 22 apartment development – against which RAID submitted an objection. The proposal was subsequently approved by Council in late 2013 despite the many deficiencies highlighted in objections from the community including height and scale, overshadowing and impact on open space; and car parking and traffic management issues. And now a bigger, bolder, more intrusive and denser version is being proposed for the same site.
Dear Neighbours – an update on recent activities and some upcoming events of interest
- The RAID AGM held on Wednesday, March 26 at the NMFC Auditorium was attended by nearly 30 members with apologies registered for a similar number. Key points from the AGM included:
Chairman’s report covering the following:
- Report on RAID’s strong and credible campaign at VCAT in early 2013 and RAID’s ongoing oversight in monitoring the Woolworths development and other developments in the local area to highlight direct and indirect impacts on amenity and infrastructure shortfalls.
- Acknowledgement of the ongoing support and generous donations from RAID members, supporters, local community and the largely probono legal representation provided by Jane Good, Brand Partners in preparing the RAID case at VCAT and Ian Munt in presenting our case over 5 days at VCAT;
- Recognition of the support of the City of Melbourne generally and current and previous Councillors – current Crs, Oke& Ong and previous Crs Kanis & Shanahan – at VCAT;
- Recent contact made with Woolworths as to the status of the proposed development. It is noted that the site has been advertised ‘for sale by tender’ with a closing date of mid April. The conditions of sale are a 20-year lease back of the supermarket component to Woolworths;
- Members present supported RAID’s membership of the newly formed Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance (IMPA). This is an umbrella group formed to attempt to provide better leverage with government, developers and local councils for the community and to act as a source of information for local community planning groups.
Treasurer’s report: Peter Keogh presented a comprehensive financial report advising that combined membership and donations to the VCAT appeal totalled just under $10,000 thanks to our generous members and donors. With expenses paid RAID commences the financial year post the AGM with approximately $300.00. in the bank..
Committee members elected at the AGM were: Tess Demediuk (Secretary), Lorna Hannan, Peter Hogg (Chair), Peter Keogh (Treasurer), Marg Leser and Peter Topping.
Please do not hesitate to make contact should you wish to join the committee.
Renewal of membership: attached is both a membership renewal form and a form for new members. Please download the appropriate form, fill in, include your membership fee – $1.00 for renewal or $2.00 (joining fee and membership fee) for new memberships and send to PO Box 2007, Hotham Hill or drop off at 42 Canning Street.
- RAID Chair, Peter Hogg, presented to the East West Link Panel Hearing on Tuesday, April 1 and argued that the proposal in its present form fails the evidence based design test in the following ways and should not proceed at this time without further investigation:
· Cost benefit analysis is not robust
· Inconsistencies in air quality predictions
· The Urban Design Framework used is inadequate and misleading
· Further work is required and additional options explored and costed
· Further investigation into the impact on remnant natural ecosystems eg. Moonee Ponds Creek, is required
· Further exploration of negative impacts on local amenity and environment required.
- City of Melbourne (CoM) changes to Residential Zoning – this is an important development initiated by the Victorian Government which could significantly impact on the current zoning arrangements across Melbourne. The new Residential Zones will determine the type of residential development and types of activities that will be allowed in residential areas, what areas can accommodate housing growth and where existing neighbourhood character will be protected. There are three new residential zones with the CoM Officers proposing the whole municipality be zoned General Residential:
· Neighbourhood Residential Zone – limits housing growth and density
· General Residential Zone – allows modest housing growth and diversity that respects the neighbourhood character
· Residential Growth Zone – supports housing growth and diversity.
For more information and to provide feedback access melbourne.vic.gov.au/participate or contact the CoM on 9658 9658.
A meeting, hosted by the North and West Melbourne Association (N&WMA) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at 6.30 pm at the Bastow Institute, 601 Queensberry St (enter from Union St). David Mayes, Manager Strategic Planning at City of Melbourne, will be presenting on the New Residential Zones. Take this opportunity to hear directly from CoM staff and to raise any concerns you have about the potential impact of the proposed new Residential Zones.
4. Other developments – RAID members are advised that a recent planning permit for 1 Shiel St, North Melbourne has been submitted to Council. This site was subject to a planning application of 6 storeys – which was approved by the City of Melbourne in 2013. Note that RAID submitted an objection to the 6 storey development on the grounds of height and scale amongst other matters. The new application is understood to be for a 10 storey development – we will keep you informed if the application progresses.
5. RAID has been asked to advise its members that a new community group has come together under the banner – NWMelbourne – to specifically take action on the proposed development by Eighth Day Baptist Community Property Ltd which has lodged a planning permit application with the City of Melbourne for 4 multi-level residential apartment buildings of 4, 5 and 6 storeys each, a large function hall and a retail shop for the site bounded by Miller, Curzon, King and Hawke Streets in West Melbourne. If this is approved the building will be up to 21 metres in height – the site is at the south end of Errol Street. Information about the group and for registering an objection to this West Melbourne development is on their website – refer to http://nwmelbourne.com
We look forward to your continued support and would be pleased to receive your suggestions and feedback.
T D on behalf of RAID @ 3051 Inc
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.