report from the roundtable – 28 may
At this week’s meeting councillors had to consider
submissions to what we call C126, a Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) incorporating
a set of Design and Development Overlays (DDOs) that provide guidance about the
type of built form we’d like to see in our townships. The DDOs are a translation
by Design, ultimately for incorporation into the Yarra Ranges Planning
I was pleased to be able to move the motion
to request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent planning panel
to consider all the submissions to PSA C126. Given that there are some issues that cannot
be resolved in some submissions the only option available to council is to take
the PSA to a panel or abandon the amendment, which certainly wasn’t on the
The DDO’s will give the planning scheme more rigour as
they provide a finer grain of detail of what the built form elements of
townships should be. The DDOs detail what council’s expectations are in relation
to built form and will assist future applicants in understanding Council’s
It was interesting to note that of the 72 submissions,
57 of them were in relation to the issue of drive through restaurants in the
Dandenong Ranges. In considering the submissions officers have recommended that
an addition be made to the design guidelines for DDO14 (this applies to Olinda, Mt Dandenong,
Sassafras and Kallista) and DDO15 (this applies to Belgrave) being:
“Buildings that include drive through sales facilities
associated with a convenience restaurant are discouraged”.
Officers have also recommended that Tecoma (originally
in DDO13) be included in DDO14 as a response to submissions about the
similarity of Tecoma with other villages of the Dandenongs.
I was pleased to support the officer’s recommendations
and this will form part of council’s submission to the planning panel.
The planning panel will also provide submitters with the opportunity to
participate in the panel process to reinforce their original submission. I’d
certainly encourage all submitters to participate, it is important that the
planning panel have a full understanding of the issues raised.
I’m pleased to say that councillors voted unanimously
to support the motion.
Note: Crs McCarthy and Avery absent, Cr Child left the
chamber declaring a conflict of interest due to an interest in properties in
Warburton and Yarra Junction located within the exhibited DDOs.
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