North Melbourne is buzzing this morning with great weekend weather, a sniff of spring and finals fever building, you would have though North had won yesterday judging by the blue and white scarfs in Errol Street this morning.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbours about the public meeting tonight at 6pm. The meeting will be at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre on Arden Street, we will be upstairs. Peter Hogg will chair and we will try to keep it short and focused as we know its Monday and people are busy.
A very big thanks to everyone who dropped meeting leaflets in letter boxes over the last week, the committee very much appreciates your effort.
We are very excited about the participation of Melbourne City Councillors from all sides of politics who will attend our meeting tonight, at RAiD we aim to give everyone a respectful chance to have their say as a range of views exist in the community.
RAiD 3051 alternative Woolworths supermarket proposal with no tower a restricted liquor license the same as the current Melrose Street traders licenses.
See you tonight at 6 for those of you who dont have a copy of the flyer here it is below.
WOOLWORTHS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE MEETING
Hosted by RAiD @ 3051 Inc
DATE Monday 27 August 2012
TIME: Start @ 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
VENUE: North Melbourne Recreation Centre, enter via the main entrance in Arden St and follow signage to the Theatrette on the 1st level
The purpose of the information session is to:
provide an update on the Minister’s decision and the process ahead of us
consider the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan process and the implications for this proposal
advise on action taken to date and
hear from the community as to the future action that needs to be taken.
RAiD is appealing the decision at VCAT.
The grounds of appeal will be outlined by Peter Hogg, chair of RAiD @ 3051 Inc
Cr Ken Ong, Chair of MCC Planning Committee,
will address the meeting on why Melbourne City Council is appealing at VCAT re Minister Guy’s decision to grant Woolworth’s development application.
It is understood that other community groups and individuals may also be lodging appeals against the decision.
Come and have your voice heard on Monday, August 27 AT 6.00 pm at NMRC.
On July 27, 2012 the Victorian Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, as the responsible planning authority, provided Woolworths with approval to build two residential towers totalling 302 apartments on top of a four level podium housing a supermarket, shops and car park on the corner of Canning Street, Vaughan Terrace and Macaulay Road, North Melbourne.The proposal includes a bottle shop with permission to sell liquor between the hours of 7am and 11pm. This is incongruous with a Vic Health (2011) report on the proximity and sale of liquor and the prevalence of alcohol-related violence.The provision of open space is minimal and further compromises the amenity of the site as a residential development. The taller of the 2 towers is proposed to be of a height of 55 meters. This exceeds the Melbourne City Council’s – Arden Macaulay Structure Plan (AMSP)* which proposes a limit of 20 to 30 meters for that site. The Structure Plan among other things, attempts to balance the scale and nature of future development with required community assets and services.
RAiD @ 3051 Inc.
RAiD is an incorporated community based organisation made up of residents seeking quality outcomes from planning affecting residents of 3051.
RAiD was established in September 2011 by a group of residents in North Melbourne who initially came together over the Woolworths development proposal. Although this proposal is the primary concern of RAiD we are also concerned re increased building approvals without any commensurate increased services to deal with the impact of population growth on transport, education, health services and social infrastructure and service delivery. We are not opposed to urban consolidation. RAiD is about integrated development. RAiD believes all future development in the AMSP zone needs to be accompanied by an investment in community assets and services.
Since forming, over 130 people have joined as members of RAiD and many more are on a newsletter email list.
* Melbourne City Council‘s Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan (AMSP is focused on the proposed development of the area resulting in an additional 25,000 to 30,000 residents over the next 10 to 30 years. For details refer to http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/getinvolved/structureplans/ardenmacaulay/Pages/Information.aspx
Dear Neighbours – as advised in earlier email updates a public meeting hosted by RAID at 3051 Inc is scheduled for Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 6.00pm at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre, Arden St entrance. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Minister’s decision and the process ahead of us being an appeal to VCAT; and to hear the views of the community. Over the next couple of days flyers will be distributed to 1,000 households. Attached is a copy of the flyer for your information and download. Please discuss the issues with your neighbours and friends in the local area as we are finding – through the street stalls held in August – that there are people who are not aware of the development.
Speakers at the meeting will be Peter Hogg, chair of RAID and Cr Ken Ong, chair of the MCC Planning Committee. An open forum will enable attendees to raise questions and seek clarification on action. At the meeting there will also be the opportunity to sign up as a member if you have not already done so; purchase a poster to put in your front window at home or office; and/or make a donation to assist with the RAID VCAT appeal to cover the cost of expert witnesses and preparation of our case.
Some photo of a great day out raising awareness and signing up new members for RAiD our target is 200 paid members by Spring. 95% of all the people we meet or spoke to were very supportive. We live in a great neighbourhood lets keep it livable.
Friendly support from Brian on Melbourne City Council before the rain.
Setting up our street stall in Melrose Street Cath Bowtell candidate for Mel helping out.
Marg and the team at the Melrose Street information stand.
We have been hearing that enabling legislation could be passed in State Parliament as early as this week.
the planning minister far greater discretionary powers,
greatly weakens the force of local area structure plans,
means that residents may not even be informed of major new developments,
means that residents will have minimal or no right to object to new developments,
greatly weakens heritage and other types of planning overlays,
effectively ends the green wedges policy adopted by Dick Hamer back in 1968,
strengthens the developers rights at the expense of community,
sidelines local councils in most significant planning matters,
allows an as of right approach to most planning approvals.
Rumor is it will almost certainly be passed by the lower house next week then sent to the upper house where it is also likely to be passed into law later this year.
Whether this affects the VCAT appeal for Woolworths is unclear at this stage, but it will affect all future Arden Macauley developments, effectively removing most controls and making the minister the sole arbiter should he see fit to be so.
If you know the truth and the details let us know because there are some monsters proposed for the area, have a look at this one which massively busts through the height limit and with its northerly aspect cast a huge shadow over houses behind it. Its not through yet but once Woolworths break down the limits it will be open slather.
Very large development proposed development for 3051 could be 50 meters plus
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.