Yesterday the Ombudsman tabled a report in Parliament — Investigation into three councils’ outsourcing of parking fine internal reviews. The report makes three recommendations for reform to the State Government and two recommendations for the three councils subject to the review — including Glen Eira City Council.
Glen Eira City Council has adopted a Structure Plan for East Village and has commenced the Planning Scheme Amendment process for the precinct.
The new precinct was once an important industrial area that has seen the departure of many large-scale manufacturing businesses in recent years. Council and the Victorian Planning Authority have been working in partnership to explore opportunities for renewing the precinct with a range of housing and a focus on contemporary and innovative businesses that will continue to provide local employment.
Glen Eira Deputy Mayor Cr Jamie Hyams said the Structure Plan has been developed through extensive community feedback, with more than 380 submissions received and 177 appearances at community forums across four stages of community engagement in 2017.
“A 10 member Community Reference Group, made up of concerned and interested local residents who applied to take part, was also established in 2017. It has since worked closely with Council and the Victorian Planning Authority to develop the framework that will implement the community’s future vision for the precinct,” he said.
“Council would like to thank Group members for their participation in the process — their input has been invaluable.”
The Structure Plan informs a suite of planning controls that seek to achieve real community benefits for Bentleigh East, including:
- an innovation precinct that delivers 2,700 local jobs for the future;
- a new public school;
- a new town centre;
- extensive community infrastructure;
- a mix of housing across 3,000 new dwellings;
- much-needed affordable housing for at-need groups;
- an integrated transport network;
- sustainable development;
- flood mitigation; and
- a transfer of 10 per cent of developable land as public open space.
To view or download a copy of the Structure Plan, visit here.
The next step in the process includes gaining authorisation for a planning scheme amendment from the Minster for Planning and public exhibition. This is scheduled for early in the new year. We look forward to further input from the community at that time.