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 welcomed the first of its kind interim controls for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved new controls for activity centres in Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick, with maximum building height and setback rules that respect the areas’ low scale shopping strips and residential character.
For Bentleigh and Carnegie, height controls have been updated and extended to reflect Council’s Structure Plans.
In Bentleigh the maximum mandatory heights are now between two and five storeys.
In Carnegie’s Koornang Road main commercial area, heights are set at a mandatory maximum of four storeys. The commercial area adjacent to Dandenong Road in Carnegie now has a maximum of eight to 12 storeys. Carnegie’s residential areas now have mandatory maximum heights of two to four storeys.
For Elsternwick, which previously had no height controls, discretionary heights of between two and 12 storeys have been introduced.
Glen Eira Mayor Tony Athanasopoulos said this is an example of how positive outcomes can be achieved when the community, Council and State Government work together.
“The community can rest assured that the amenity and vibrancy of these activity centres will be protected,” he said.
“Council thanks community members for their contributions to the structure planning process which helped us form a shared vision for the centres and guided this positive outcome.”
The interim controls will protect Carnegie, Elsternwick and Bentleigh while Council prepares permanent controls that reflect the Structure Plans for these centres.