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Make a comment or submission by 19 June 2020:
Post: PO Box 91, Preston, VIC, 3072
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a development plan?
A Development Plan shows the potential layout for future development of some areas in a municipality and is used to guide the future development of larger or more complex projects. Development Plans set out design requirements, site coverage and how tall buildings can be on a site. This is a separate approval to the planning permit process and has to be approved by Council before any planning permits can be granted. A Development Plan ensures the development across multiple and larger sites, is coordinated and well planned, providing improved place based outcomes for the community.
Approval of a Development Plan does not grant planning permission for the buildings shown on the plan. Planning permits are still required to be approved before any construction commences. The approval of a development plan that is to the satisfaction of the Responsible Authority (Council) simply allows for Council to consider a planning permit.
If approved, a Development Plan guides the future use and development of land.
Is this a planning permit application?
No. This application is for a Development Plan, which if approved, will allow planning permits for the land in question development to be made to Council. Any future planning permit granted must be generally in accordance with the approved Development Plan.
Will I be notified when future planning permit applications are made?
No. If a Development Plan has been prepared to Council’s satisfaction, an application for a planning permit is exempt from advertising and third party appeal rights (to VCAT). Council therefore strongly encourages all interested parties make submissions to the exhibited Development Plan application.
What is this proposal for?
This proposal seeks approval of a Development Plan covering six sites within the Development Plan Overlay – Schedule 11 (Oakover Village, West Preston) area (DPO-11).
This Development Plan proposes the following:
- Two new mixed-use precincts.
- The two precincts are proposed to accommodate a mixture of residential dwellings (including private, public and community housing), commercial uses and community uses. These will be in a variety of building typologies (apartment buildings and townhouses) of up to 10 storeys in height.
- In total, the proposed Development Plan proposes a potential yield of between 450 to 650 new 1, 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings. Car parking and bicycle parking will be provided as part of the development.
- The Development Plan proposes a number of different stages. Delivery of Social Housing dwellings (Public Housing and Community Housing) is prioritised and will be delivered in the first stage of the development (should the proposal be approved by Council).
- New areas of public open space, landscaping, and vehicle/pedestrian/bicycle links within the two precincts are also shown on the development plan.
What land is affected by the Development Plan?
The Development Plan affects the Oakover Village Precinct in West Preston (as defined in DPO-11) and is split into two distinct precincts. The two precincts are located to the east and west of St Georges Road, north of Oakover Road. Precinct 1 encompasses the vacant land on Stokes, Penola, and Newman Streets (adjacent the Newman Reserve). Precinct 2 covers the land at Kenwood Court (the location of recent demolition works) and a portion Railway Place West.
The wider DPO-11 precinct is bound by Oakover Road to the south, Austral Avenue to the west, Railway Place West to the east, and a varied boundary to the north (see location here).
Why are the heights detailed in the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 11 exceeded in some areas?
The proposed Village Bell Development Plan includes increased heights over the discretionary limits for buildings OR2, OR4, OR6, SP4a, SP4b and SP9 (refer pages 16 and 38-41 of the Development Plan). This additional height is proposed in exchange for additional social housing units across the two precincts. If the social housing units are not delivered, the additional height will not be possible.
This would be secured via a legal agreement. Council will consider the increased heights as part of its assessment of the Development Plan.
What about the rest of the DPO area?
This Development Plan applies to roughly half of the DPO area. The other half is owned by different landowners and Council expects that separate Development Plans would be lodged for this land in due course. The community would be notified of these future Development Plans.
Who is the proponent of this proposal?
The proponent of the Development Plan is Village Bell Pty Ltd (on behalf of MAB Corporation) and the Director of Housing.
What are the next steps for this proposal?
The Development Plan and supporting documents have been reviewed by Council officers following submission of the application in November 2019. The proponent has made changes to the proposal to address Council’s initial concerns with the application.
The proposal can now be exhibited in accordance with the requirements of the DPO-11.
Exhibition of the proposal does not mean Council has approved the application.
Following the exhibition period, a recommendation will be made by Council officers and the Development Plan application will be decided at Planning Committee.
Council invites all interested parties to review the exhibited plans and supporting documents and provide any comments/submissions to Council before Friday 19 June 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing a letter to PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072.