the roundtable – 30 sep
was packed for the Yarra Ranges Council meeting to hear submissions about the
proposed changes to Low Density Residential Zones (LDRZ). It was standing room
only with residents from across the shire keen to put their point to council.
All but two
councillors were there (Cr’s Witlox and McAllister absent) to hear community
views about the change to allow the minimum subdivision size from 4,000 sq
metres to 2,000 sq meters in LDRZ.
community members presented, a couple of them town planners representing groups
of residents. One of the core themes of the night was the protection of the
Dandenong Ranges as a place that unique, had high biodiversity values and the
challenge of landslip and bushfire risk.
submitters from other parts of the Shire agreed that the Dandenongs was not the
right place for smaller subdivisions in LDRZ and another consistent theme was
the inappropriateness of a one size fits all approach.
has received enormous feedback on the proposed changes, with 2,500 online
surveys completed and 50 written submissions.
glance the consultation is closely split 50/50 between those in favour and
those opposed to the 2,000 sq mt minimum. However when you look at the results
per postcode they reveal a different story, very consistent with what was presented on Tuesday night.
Here are the results by postcode:
Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South and Tecoma (all postcode 3160) had an 18%
response rate with 67% not supporting lower subdivisions
had an 18% response rate with 43.6% not supporting lower subdivisions (54%
supported Lilydale had a 26.5% response rate with 48% of people not supporting
lower subdivisions the
had a 33% response rate with 56% of people not supporting lower subdivisions
Mt Evelyn had
a 16% response rate with 43% not supporting lower subdivisions (53.8% supported
a 13% response rate with 47% not supporting lower subdivisions (46% supported
a 19% response rate with 59.6% not supporting lower subdivisions
Selby had a
72% response rate with 74% not supporting lower subdivisions
Ferntree Gully had a 17% response rate with 68.7% not supporting lower subdivisions
Upwey had a
15% response rate with 70% not supporting lower subdivisions
a 7% response rate with 53% not supporting lower subdivisions
Junction had a 24% response rate with 27% not supporting lower subdivisions
(64% supported the changes)
survey responses the townships of Healesville, Mt Evelyn and Yarra Junction had
a majority support for the lower subdivisions, whilst Monbulk was divided with
47%against/46%for. What’s also clear is the overwhelming lack of support for
the changes in townships across the Dandenongs, with Selby being the most
opposed at 74%.
will come back to council at our meeting on the 28th October for a
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