Glen Eira Planning Scheme Review 2018

The Glen Eira Planning Scheme is a statutory document that guides and shapes development in Glen Eira. It includes State Government provisions as well as local policies specific to Glen Eira and a strategic vision for the municipality.

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We adopted the Glen Eira Planning Scheme Review at a Council Meeting on 16 October 2018.

Minutes — Tuesday 16 October 2018

Glen Eira Planning Scheme Review 2018 (PDF, 1MB)


Work Plan

The Planning Scheme Review was sent to the Minister for Planning as required by the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The associated work plan was adopted by Council. Progress against the 35 actions as of 30 June 2022 are detailed below/attached.

Structure planning

Item Project Description 2022 progress update Status
1 Bentleigh Activity Centre Planning Scheme Amendment Implements Bentleigh Structure Plan involving preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. Exhibition conducted late 2020 with Council formally abandoning progression of the amendment in March 2021. A revised Bentleigh Structure Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council early 2023 for the purpose of community consultation. Ongoing
2 Carnegie Activity Centre Planning Scheme Amendment Implements Carnegie Structure Plan involving preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. Exhibition conducted late 2020 with Council formally abandoning progression of the amendment in March 2021. A revised Carnegie Structure Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council in August 2022 for the purpose of community consultation. Ongoing
3 East Village Planning Scheme Amendment Implements East Village Structure Plan, Comprehensive Development Zone, Development Contributions Plan involving preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. Completed July 2020 Complete
4 Elsternwick Urban Renewal South Masterplan development To consider planning controls, shadowing, access and movement studies. Masterplan completed 2020 Complete
5 Elsternwick Activity Centre including the Elsternwick South Urban Renewal Site Planning Scheme Amendment Implements Elsternwick Structure Plan, involving preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. In progress. As Council has prioritised the development of a Housing Strategy, a revised Elsternwick Structure Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council in November 2022 for the purpose of community consultation The Elsternwick Urban Renewal Site no longer forms a component of the structure plan. Ongoing
6 Caulfield Station Precinct Structure Plan development (VPA lead) Led by Victorian Planning Authority, Preparation of Structure Plan for the Caulfield Station precinct Draft completed and endorsed for community consultation in February 2022. Final structure plan scheduled to be presented to Council in August 2022. Complete
7 Caulfield Station Precinct Planning Scheme Amendment Implements Structure Plan, Development Contribution Plan, Heritage Overlay etc.
Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister.
To be actioned late 2022. Formal planning controls will be drafted following the adoption of the Caulfield Structure Plan. Ongoing
8 Structure Plan development for Glen Huntly Activity Centre Preparation of Structure Plan to guide the future development of Glen Huntly Activity Centre. Complete September 2021 Complete
9 Neighborhood Activity Centres Urban Design Framework Development Commence work on one or more centres Council endorsed the Caulfield South, Caulfield Park and Bentleigh East Built Form Frameworks (in lieu of UDFs) in November 2021.
Council received authorisation in May to June 2022 to proceed to exhibition for Caulfield South and Council Park amendments
Complete

Planning scheme

Item Project Description 2022 progress update Status
10 Planning Scheme migration on the Amendment Tracking system into new Planning Scheme format Led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and in line with the requirements of Planning Scheme amendment VC148. Complete. The planning scheme rewrite (Amendment C220) implements this change. Complete
11 Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) rewrite Review, update and restructure the MSS and transition into the MPS as required by Planning Scheme amendment VC148.  Complete — as part of Amendment C220 Planning Scheme Update.  Panel report received June 2022 Complete
12 Planning Scheme Restructure Restructure local content in the Scheme in accordance with the new Planning Policy Framework following Planning Scheme Amendment VC148. Complete — as part of Amendment C220 Planning Scheme Update.  Panel report received June 2022. Complete
13 Planning Scheme Rewrite — review of local planning policy, zones, overlays, schedules and other local content Review of local planning policy content to ensure it is current and reflects approved land use and development strategies and plans. To include the Activity Centre, Housing and Local Economy Strategy and Quality Design Guidelines outside of Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick.
Review to ensure the Scheme supports Glen Eira’s land use and development directions, removes duplications and/or simplifies content, reduces red tape and reflects VC148 Smart Planning Requirements.
Complete — as part of Amendment C220 Planning Scheme Update.  Panel report received June 2022. Complete
14 Planning Scheme Rewrite Planning Scheme Amendment Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. In progress. Panel report released June 2022. Panel report to be presented to Council Complete
15 Parking Policy Adoption of a municipal parking policy. Completed 2020 Complete
16 Parking Provisions and Overlay Review provisions and potential need for overlays following adoption of parking policy. Parking provisions are included in the implementation of Council’s Structure Plans. Each Structure Plan will look at all possible interventions to manage parking, which may or may not include overlays. Complete
17 Developer Contribution Provisions Provide for developer contribution requirements (or similar) within the Planning Scheme. Under consideration To be actioned
18 Social and Affordable Housing Strategy Development Prepare and adopt strategy informed by Affordable Housing Statement of Commitment. Complete — October 2019 Complete
19 Social and Affordable Housing Planning Scheme Amendment Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. A planning scheme amendment is not required, as a contribution rate for developments can’t be included in the planning scheme. Officers will continue to negotiate contributions with proponents.  
20 Glen Eira Open Space Strategy Refresh Update and adopt Strategy. Complete — June 2020 Complete
21 Open Space Planning Scheme Amendment Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. Council to consider adoption of Amendment C218 in July 2022. Complete
22 Planning Scheme Review 2022 As per the requirements of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. As Council’s updates to the Planning Scheme are yet to be formally approved by the Minister, more time is needed for the changes to be introduced before reviewing them. Ongoing

Heritage

Item Project Description 2022 progress update Status
23 Bentleigh and Carnegie Activity Centres Complete heritage assessment for the Bentleigh and Carnegie study areas.

Completed 2018 and 2019 (commercial and then residential)

Complete
24 Elsternwick Activity Centre

Undertake assessment of identified potential heritage sites and review the existing Heritage Overlay wording.

Review undertaken in 2019, completed March 2020 Complete
25 Hidden Gems and Caulfield Station Precinct Undertake assessment of identified potential heritage sites. Completed August 2020 Complete
26 Bentleigh and Carnegie Activity Centre residential areas, Hidden Gems and Caulfield Station Precinct Planning Scheme amendment Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister.

C190 - Bentleigh and Carnegie activity centre gazetted March 2022

C214 – Hidden Gems gazetted 26 May 2022 (Part 1), 6 June 2022 (Part 2). Part 3 abandoned by Council on 23 November 2021.

Caulfield Station – Still to be completed.

Complete/Ongoing
27 Suburb by Suburb Commence assessment of identified potential heritage sites suburb by suburb. In progress. A forward program of heritage reviews is detailed in a Council report dated 5 April 2022. Ongoing
28 ABC Gordon Street Heritage Planning Scheme Amendment Panel, consideration of submission and submit to Minister Completed March 2020 Complete

Sustainability

Item Project Description 2022 progress update Status
29

Special Building Overlay (SBO)

Completion of mapping to land affected by potential flooding events. Mapping undertaken by Melbourne Water and Council Revised mapping that includes climate change data currently being prepared. Ongoing
30 SBO Planning Scheme Amendment Preparation, authorisation, exhibition, consideration of submissions, Panel and submit to Minister. To commence in 2023 pending receipt of the final flood data from Melbourne Water To be actioned
31 Development of Tree Protection Measures Development of policy and implementation measures.

In progress — also partly addressed in Council’s draft Housing Strategy.

Classified Tree Register established
Ongoing
32 Sustainability Policy Pending Plan Melbourne Action 80 – which will deliver State-wide planning and buildings systems to support environmentally sustainable development outcomes for new buildings to consider their energy, water and waste management performance.  Originally Included as part of the Planning Scheme Policy rewrite, Amendment C220. The State has now introduced Amendment VC216 which now embeds ESD more comprehensively in the Planning Policy Framework (PPF) Complete
33 Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Continue participation in Elster Creek Catchment group to develop an Elster Creek Action Plan. The findings of the Action Plan will be considered.  Complete. In addition, WSUD is contained in Council’s Integrated Water Management Plan June 2022 Complete

Collaborations

Item Project Description 2022 progress update Status
34 Inner South East Metro Regional Group Continue participation in group and provide input into the regional Land Use Framework Plan. Opportunity to collaborate at a regional level. Ongoing Ongoing
35 Elster Creek Catchment Group Continue participation in group and provide input into achieving catchment improvements. Ongoing Ongoing

2021–22 Planning Scheme update

As part of the State Government’s Smart Planning reforms, all planning schemes have been required to be updated. The update will reformat the structure and content of the planning scheme to establish a new Municipal Planning Strategy and Planning Policy Framework to meet State Government legislative requirements. For Glen Eira, this update also implemented a number of key recommendations of the Glen Eira Planning Scheme Review 2018. This includes updating all existing local policies in the planning scheme to reflect Council’s current strategic directions for land use and development, informed by recently adopted Council strategies.

This update was progressed in the form of Amendment C220. Following review from an independent planning panel, a favourable panel report was received recommending the amendment be adopted as exhibited, with only minor changes. The panel report will be reported to Council in August 2022.

For further information visit, the Amendment C220 page.


Community consultation

In 2016 we commenced a different way of engaging with the community. Traditionally, we had engaged with the community on individual projects however it is was clear that better engagement occurs when the conversation is ongoing rather than project specific.

During 2016/17 financial year we sought feedback to inform the preparation of seven strategies including the 2016 Review, Council and Community Plan, an Integrated Transport Strategy as well as seeking commentary on the Municipality’s 17 activity centres and shopping strips to inform the preparation of the Activity Centre Housing and Local Economy Strategy and Structure Plans for Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick. Feedback was sought with the following principles in mind:

  • Foster an ongoing two-way conversation with the local community.
  • Communicate in a way that makes sense to the community.
  • Co-ordinate community feedback across all projects.
  • Inform long-term thinking, not just immediate project needs.

In total, more than 4,400 community submissions were received.

Community engagement on the preparation of Structure Plans and Quality Design Guidelines continued into the 2017/18 financial year and continues to inform the Council’s strategic work.

During this wide ranging program of consultation a number of issues and opportunities were raised which have been grouped into themes below. These issues and opportunities are generally the same as those identified in the 2016 Review. Our ongoing engagement with the community has reinforced initial community feedback rather than revealed anything new. In light of this, it was not considered necessary to consult the community again for the specific purpose of this 2018 Review.