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 Minister for Planning Hon. Richard Wynne’s announcement today approving our application for interim height controls in Bentleigh and Carnegie activity centres.
The interim controls will set mandatory and discretionary height limits, ranging from three to five storeys in Bentleigh and four to seven storeys in Carnegie, across all commercially zoned land in Bentleigh and Carnegie activity centres. These controls will apply while Council is undertaking structure planning work, which we anticipate will be completed by the end of 2017.
It is understood that the interim controls will also apply to all current planning applications and those that are pending appeal at the Victorian Administrative Appeals Commission (VCAT).
Glen Eira Mayor Cr Mary Delahunty said Council was delighted with the Minister’s announcement.
"We strongly believe that development should be appropriate and aligned to our community’s vision about what makes Glen Eira such a special place — not overturned by decisions made in VCAT," Cr Delahunty said.
"We know people are concerned with ad-hoc development, and have strong views about height, particularly where development abuts our neighbourhood residential and general residential zones," Cr Delahunty said.
Work has already commenced on developing structure plans for both Carnegie and Bentleigh, but at a time of unprecedented development pressure, the importance of establishing interim controls as soon as possible cannot be understated.
The Minister’s decision will allow the community to fully engage with our structure plan process currently underway, without the distraction of impending and contradicting VCAT appeals.
The Minister’s decision will be formally Gazetted next week under Amendment C147 and C148 to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme.
Council is currently undertaking a comprehensive engagement process with the community, which will set the long-term vision for Bentleigh, Carnegie, Elsternwick and East Village and set future planning controls for development.
For further information or to participate in the structure plan process throughout 2017, visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/yourneighbourhood The current stage of community consultation closes Sunday 9 April.
Glen Eira Mayor Cr Mary Delahunty; Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos; Minister for Planning Hon. Richard Wynne; and Cr Tony Athanasopoulos.
Media Release — Glen Eira welcomes interim height controls