Once an important industrial area, the East Village precinct has seen the departure of many large-scale manufacturing businesses in recent decades. There is now an opportunity to renew the precinct and allow East Village to become an environmentally sustainable and innovative mixed-use area with a focus on employment and education.
Glen Eira City Council has been working in partnership with the State Government’s Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), landowners and the East Village Community Reference Group, to form a future plan for the site.
Together we have prepared a range of documents including a Structure Plan to outline the vision for the precinct and guide all future development. These form the basis of a proposed amendment to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme.
Council considered these documents at the 23 October 2018 meeting and determined to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit the East Village Planning Scheme Amendment.
The VPA has provided Council advice throughout the preparation of the Planning Scheme Amendment. Council supports this advice and the provisions are consistent with the overall intended outcomes sought by the VPA which include planning for a sustainable mixed-use precinct with a focus on innovative employment and education opportunities, diverse housing, sustainability, and high-quality green spaces, public places, transport and retail.
There are some matters however in which Council has not supported the advice of the VPA and has made changes to the Schedule to the Comprehensive Development Zone and Comprehensive Development Plan.
These key changes include:
- Overall more restrictive wording to the controls, providing more certainty to residents and Council.
- Inclusion of an overshadowing control over public open space.
- Inclusion of a traffic, parking and access impact assessment of the Cobar Street/North Road/Crosbie Road intersection.
- Additional application requirements for town planning applications within the precinct.
- An additional condition controlling residential uses in mixed use and retail areas.
The purpose of the Section 173 Agreements
What is a Section 173 Agreement?
Council has negotiated an agreement with the East Village landowners, known as a Section 173 Agreement. This is an agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Its purpose is to control the use and development of the land to achieve other planning objectives in relation to the land.
Like other agreements, a Section 173 Agreement is a legal contract. However, the benefit of a Section 173 Agreement is that it can be recorded on the title to the land so that the owner’s obligations under the agreement bind future owners and occupiers of the land.
The East Village Amendment includes two Section 173 Agreements:
- Affordable Housing Agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987
This Agreement sets out the landowner requirements for the provision of affordable housing within the precinct. It sets out the landowner’s specific obligations in regards to:
- Affordable housing contribution
- Affordable housing proposal
- Staging of affordable housing contribution
- Transfer of land to Council
- Agreement under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act
This Agreement sets out the landowner’s obligations in regards to:
- Public Open Space
- Drainage System
- Environmental Sustainability
- Connector Roads
What is the Escrow Deed?
The purpose of the Escrow Deed is to ensure that the Section 173 Agreements are put on hold until the planning scheme amendment is approved.
Submission closed Wednesday 9 October 2019
Your feedback is important to Council and submissions were welcome during the exhibition period.
The Panel Hearing for the Amendment was held from 2 December to 13 December 2019.
The Panel now has 40 business days to submit their report and recommendations to Council. Once Council receives the Panel report it will be considered at a Council meeting.
The Panel's report is not binding for Council, or the Minister, but it must be considered before Council or the Minister makes a decision.
Below are the expert witness statements that will be presented at the panel hearing.
Expert witness statements
- Expert witness statement – Town Planning – Biacsi
- Export witness statement – Traffic Engineering – Walsh
- Export witness statement – Traffic and Transport – Hunt
- Export witness statement – Economic – Ganly
- Export witness statement – Urban Design – Sheppard
- Export witness statement – Urban Design – McGauran
- Export witness statement – DCP – Shipp
- Export witness statement – Urban Design - McPherson
- Export witness statement – Traffic – Davies
- Export witness statement – Social Infrastructure - Panozzo
- Export witness statement – Planning - Reid
- Export witness statement – Economics – Henshall
Information regarding the proposed school can be accessed via the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) website