the roundtable – 28 oct
night’s council meeting councillors had to make a decision on the review of the
Subdivision minimum lot size provisions of the Low Density Residential Zones (LDRZ) across the shire.
The review came
about after the Minister for Planning amended the LDRZ to a minimum subdivision
of 2,000 sq mtrs (from 4,000sq mtrs) back in July 2013. At the same the
Minister introduced a schedule to the LDRZ (apologies for planning jargon) to
retain the 4,000 sq mtr subdivision size on an interim basis to allow council
time to consider any changes.
|Lots of Hills people in the gallery, in the main to support|
submitters speaking about the Olinda Pool.
been an enormous amount of community consultation on the issue with over 2,400
online surveys received along with 54 written submission and 45 verbal
submissions at a special meeting of council. Opinion was divided, depending on
what part of the Shire you came from, but what was consistent was the majority
opposition to changes in the Dandenong Ranges and that a one size fits all
approach across the Shire was not appropriate.
It was an
issue I’d rather not be contemplating, I didn’t think we should be making any
changes to LDRZ, however that wasn’t the majority view of my colleagues.
I moved a
motion which sought to exclude the townships of Belgrave, Belgrave Heights,
Belgrave South, Selby, Tecoma, Upwey and Upper Ferntree Gully from any changes to
the LDRZ subdivision controls. I am pleased to report that the motion was supported
unanimously by councillors (note: Crs Callanan and Witlox absent).
The way it
panned out, rather than be a blanket change across all LDRZ land in the Shire, there
were some parameters about where it should be contemplated:
generally supported the change of 2,000 sq mtr minimum subdivisions for LDRZ across
the Shire with the exception of Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South,
Selby, Tecoma, Upwey and Upper Ferntree Gully, however there are further
parameters that limit the extent of subdivision across the Shire.
within the Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO - per our council report attachments
3 to 10) will not be subject to the lower subdivision provisions of 2,000sq mtr
and will remain at a minimum of 4,000sq mt.
Child amended the motion to exclude properties in the BMO when it came to
Warburton (attachment 5), citing the lack of fire risk for LDRZ in the
township, so that means the minimum of 2,000sq mtrs will apply in the Warburton
excludes the areas of uniform subdivision in Attachment 8 – Lilydale, so the
4,000 sq mt minimum will be retained there.
excludes what’s known as the Bickleigh Vale subdivision (Heritage Overlay 75)
on attachment 8 - Montrose, so the 4,000 sq mt minimum will be retained there.
excludes LDRZ lots outside of the Urban Growth Boundary, attachment 3 - so the 4,000
sq mt minimum will be retained.
been a long history of strategic planning for the Dandenongs which resulted in
the development of the Regional Strategy Plan which makes specific reference “there
shall be no net increase in the total provision for residential development in
the Dandenong Ranges…”. The Regional Strategy Plan can only be amended by both
houses of parliament, is the only one of its kind in Victoria and carries much
weight in terms of the strategic direction of the shire.
to say that councillors supported the motion to exclude any changes to Belgrave,
Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Selby, Tecoma, Upwey and Upper Ferntree Gully.
history of strategic work to support no changes in the Hills, the level of
community opposition to any changes, with 78% of verbal submitters from the
Dandenongs opposed to any change and of the written submissions 68.7% opposed
in Upper Ferntree Gully, 70% opposed in Upwey, 67% opposed in postcode 3160 (Belgrave,
Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South and Tecoma) and 74% opposed in Selby, it was
good see that councillors took that into account by supporting the motion to exclude those townships.
|This is an excerpt from The Dandenong Ranges report,|
back in 1974 the Victorian Public Interest Research Group
undertook a study which led to the development of the
Regional Strategy Plan, it ring true today, 40 years later.
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