In February 2017, Council began a process to develop a future vision for the East Village precinct. Between March and December 2017, Council conducted a four-stage community engagement process to gather views on what the precinct should look like and focus on. From this process we heard that transport and access, housing (including affordable housing), building considerations, employment and innovation, green spaces, landscape and drainage, community facilities and services were important.
From this feedback, and in partnership with an East Village Reference Group, a vision for East Village and a draft Structure Plan developed. This draft Plan was approved by Council in October 2018. Following the Planning Minister’s authorization, a Planning Scheme Amendment to implement new controls was exhibited, with submissions invited between 5 September and 9 October 2019.
A total of 158 submissions were shared by the community, with a range of views expressed. Twenty-eight submitters attended a Planning Conference on 10 October, where matters raised included traffic, car parking, location and impacts of the proposed school, heights, overdevelopment, affordable housing, insufficient open space, and exemption from Notice and Review.
Community submissions, and issues raised were considered in detail by Council at Special Meeting 23 October 2019, where Council resolved to request the Minister for Planning appoint an independent planning panel to consider all submissions received (including late submissions).