October Update Arden Vision Apartment Standards & City Elections

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.