2020 COUNCIL ELECTIONS – FORUM REGISTRATION OPEN

We had hoped that the opening of registration for the “Meet the Candidates” on-line community forums (co-hosted by GERA and SGE) would also include copies of the Candidates Statements (election platforms), however, not to be.

Given residents interest in the forums, for which we thank you, below are the Forum Registration links.

Copies of the candidates statements will presented in a separate post as soon as they become available.

Registration is required to attend each forum.  Forum details for each Forum and registration link are provided below:

After registration, you will receive an email confirming your unique logon details.

If you wish to comment on or ask a question on this posting please do so on GERA’s FaceBook

 

Authorized by:  B. Hatfield, 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda, Vic. 3182

FINAL CANDIDATE LISTING – 2020 GLEN EIRA COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Below is the Victorian Electoral Commission’s (VEC) official listing of Declared Council Candidates for the 2020 Council Elections.  Each Ward’s Candidates Listing is as it will appear on voting papers based on the ballot draw (ïe  lottery)

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Later tomorrow (Wednesday, 23/9),  the VEC will publish the Election Statements (election platforms) submitted by each Candidate.  These statements will also be included in the posted Ballot Packs that should be received by each resident listed on the Electoral Roll in coming weeks.

Shortly after tomorrow’s VEC publication, the GERA website

Covid-19 electioneering restrictions mean that you will soon be inundated with flyers and it will be up to you to contact (telephone, email, websites and social media) each candidate to learn their views on issues that matter to you.

The community forums present an opportunity for you to get

  • a detailed and balanced view of the candidates and their positions,
  • while also hearing about the concerns and views of your fellow residents

If you wish to comment on or ask a question on this posting please do so on FaceBook

Authorized by B. Hatfield – 21/41 Chapel Street, St. Kilda 3182

“MEET THE COUNCIL ELECTION CANDIDATES” ONLINE COMMUNITY FORUMS

In line with past election practices, the Glen Eira Residents’ Association (GERA), will again be hosting Council Election Candidates Forums for each ward in Glen Eira.  This time around the forums will be co-hosted with the Save Glen Eira (SGE) residents group and, due to COVID-19 restrictions, will be on-line.

Details of the Forums are

Both GERA & SGE believe, the forums are a unique opportunity for

  • candidates (current incumbents and new candidates) to
    • present their policies to a broad cross section of their ward’s community, and
    • respond to questions from multiple residents in a Q&A session
  • residents to
    • listen to and question multiple candidates at one time, and
    • gain an understanding of other residents “take” on the issues

The issues confronting Glen Eira are substantial – you owe it yourselves to become aware of the issues and to cast an informed vote.  

 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

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TIRED OF THE COVID-19 SAME OLD – THEN DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS EVENING

 

LIVESTREAM THIS EVENING’S COUNCIL MEETING

7.30 PM – 9.30 PM (approx.)

Tonight’s meeting is the last meeting before Council goes into the pre-election Caretaker Period* and it’s a blockbuster.

BIG CONTENTIOUS ISSUES  will be DISCUSSED and DECIDED

The Meeting presents a great opportunity for you to assess Councillor performance – to be considered which deciding your vote in the upcoming (24/10/2020) Council Elections.  Given the challenges facing Council in the post COVID-19 world and Council’s consistent poor ranking in the 2020 State Government’s Community Satisfaction Survey

we can’t emphasize enough how seriously residents should consider what they want for Glen Eira and which candidate is the best to represent them in the 2020-2024 Elections.

The 1/9/2020 Council Meeting Agenda can be viewed or downloaded from Council’s website .

In our view the “meat” of meeting occurs in two stages

  • Public Participation Session – which usually occurs prior to Agenda Item 8 (even though it is listed as Agenda Item 10.5). This session  gives residents the opportunity to submit written questions, and receive a response, from Council and Councillors on their decision making and activities.
  • Agenda Item 8 – Officers Reports – prepared by Council Officers, which provide details of, and recommendations on, the issues presented to Council.

The issues up for discussion tonight are:

Residents views on the issues can be found on various websites and social media sites.

To LIVESTEAM tonight’s (1/9/2020 @ 7.30pm) meeting

To obtain election details click on the below links

 

Footnote:

Caretaker Mode and Period

In the lead up to elections, unlike Federal and State Parliaments, to enable Council activities to continue, the Local Government Act imposes regulations on Council’s decision making process and activities.  These are intended to ensure that Council actions do not interfere with the probity of the election process and to safe guard the authority of the incoming Council.

    • Councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions that relate to financial commitments, CEO appointment or decisions that would unreasonably bind the future Council.
    • Council must not produce or publish any material that could affect voting at the election.

The caretaker period commences on that same date and time that Councillor Candidates formally declare their candidacy (Noon on 22/9/2020) and ends  on election day (6.00 pm on 24/10/2020)

 

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Caulfield South, Bentleigh & Carnegie – need your help

GERA has received the below, self-explanatory email from the SAVE GLEN EIRA residents group. GERA works closely with SGE and supports their request for residents to show their support for these areas currently experiencing a “development siege”.

What happens in these locations will inevitably flow on to all other suburbs of the municipality if residents don’t act now.

Drafted responses to Council (together with Council contact details) are included in the below – so asking for a show of support is not a big ask.

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Dear All, 

Whilst we’re in a prolonged lock down, much is happening around Glen Eira. There are many decisions that Council will be voting on in the next few weeks. Whilst certain suburbs are impacted greatly, residents from across Glen Eira have the opportunity to give their support. Our councillors’ preparedness  to listen to residents is highly correlated with the number of letters received.

 We would appreciate your input.

 Caulfield South. Action needed this week

 Caulfield South is a Neighbourhood Activity Centre which, in the Glen Eira City Plan (2020) has designated height limits of 5 storeys for buildings in commercial zones. This document is not a planning document, and VCAT will view highly the fact that there are no height limits for proposed buildings in commercial zones of Neighbourhood Centres

 There are 5 hearings scheduled at VCAT:  

Glen Eira Council has not provided external legal representation for any of these hearings. The residents have been left to fight the developers’ proposals on their own.  

If these proposals proceed, the impact on this Neighbour Centre will be dramatic and disastrous. Caulfield South is not a Major Activity Centre. 

 Attached is a proforma letter written by CS-RAID (Caulfield South Residents Against Inappropriate Development), requesting Glen Eira Councillors to review their stance on these hearings and provide legal assistance for the residents.

 Draft Amendment C184: Carnegie & Bentleigh. Action needed this week 

This amendment proposes changes to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme for Carnegie & Bentleigh. 

There is massive change for the residents in these suburbs. And without proper consultation and the difficulty in accessing meaning in the bundle of documents connected with this amendment: the rezoning of areas, the introduction of new zones, the discretionary height limits, the lack of new open space and the loss of public land: it is not surprising that many are left confused and frightened. 

The Amendment C184 brings considerable change for the residents. The residents do not feel as though they have been able to put their views to Council, nor to have an input into how their neighbourhood will develop.

Imagine a resident currently living in NRZ1 (2 storeys) who now finds that they will be living in GRZ5 (3 storeys) when the Amendment C184 is passed.

 Attached is a proforma letter that you may wish to send to Councillors and the CEO in support of the residents of Carnegie and Bentleigh.  

Closing date of submission is this Friday August 27 2020. Submission is online:  www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/AmendmentC184 ; or direct to Glen Eira Council attention City Futures, https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au

This is the time for Glen Eira residents to help each other. Please find some time to send off a letter or two to Council. 

Regards,

Bernadette

 Footnote:

The Amendment C184 letter included above is a overall letter – a more detailed response specific to Bentleigh and Carnegie is available on the SGE’s website.

 

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GO AHEAD FOR COUNCIL ELECTIONS – 24th October, 2020

As a result of the currently decreasing COVID-19 infections, the State Government (State Medical Officer and Minister for Local Government) has given the go-ahead for Victoria’s Local Council Elections to proceed as planned – via postal voting with a closing date of 24th October, 2020. 

The official campaign being from 22nd September (candidate nomination date) to 24th October (election day). 

 

 As

  • Planning and Council’s role in Planning will yet again be a highly contentious election issue in October and
  • COVID-19 restrictions* will dramatically change the usual electioneering practices – instead of the candidates coming the electorate, the electorate will need to seek the candidates in the virtual world (social media and on-line community forums) to ensure making an informed vote.

the forum presents a rare opportunity for residents to “ASK THEM ANYTHING” about Planning and Council’s view of it’s role in Victoria’s Planning Processes – a good start when later deciding who to vote for in the Council Elections.

 The on-line forum format includes

  • a short overview of Council’s role in planning
  • a short discussion on key themes from what audience members are interested in hearing more about (presumably based on questions lodged during registration)
  • live questions from the audience

To attend the Zoom Forum you must register – FORUM REGISTRATION

GERA again encourages all residents to register for tomorrow’s (Thursday 20/8/2020) ON-LINE PLANNING FORUM.

 

Footnote:

State Government Council Electioneering Guideline during COVID-19 restrictions

Stage 4 Restrictions (currently to mid-September) – candidates in metropolitan Melbourne would effectively be banned from campaigning outside their homes, including doorknocking, leafleting, attending campaign events and advertising on billboards and posters, for as long as stage four restrictions remain.

Stage 3 Restrictions (if stage four restrictions are lifted mid-September) – prevent candidates convening or attending meetings in open spaces or private residences, door-knocking and attending community events. However, they would be allowed to drop election material into people’s letterboxes, hand out leaflets and advertise on posters and billboards

 

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COUNCIL PLANNING FORUM – 20/8/2020

Good to know that Council is holding the below planning forum.  It presents an opportunity for 

  • residents to learn, and raise concerns on, State and Council laws, policies, process and programs that shape changes to our local areas and
  • Council to clarify it’s role in developing and implementing those laws, policies, processors and programs.

 To register for the forum – Council’s Have Your Say Page

GERA encourages all residents (including the sceptical who expect more “blame games” and  question the timing of the forum and the October’s Council Elections) to attend the forum to gain an understanding of both planning and Council’s key role of ensuring  residents views are incorporated in achieving best possible planning outcomes. 

Hopefully, more forums will be scheduled prior to October’s Council Elections* and the format of all forums will include not only written questions, submitted during registration,  but also provide a Q&A session to address issues arising during the forum.

Footnote*

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the 2020 Council Elections scheduled for 24th October,2020 may be postponed to sometime in 2021.  See – Age article 13/08/2020.

East Village -The Grand Finale for Residents

UPDATE – Council’s 7/7/2020 Decision

Amendment C155 of the Glen Eira planning scheme was passed by Council with some recommendations from Council as recorded in the Minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2020
It is now in the hands of the Minister. Watch this space!!!

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Initial Posting – 5/7/2020

This Tuesday’s (7/7/2020) Council Meeting will focus on the Planning Panel Report and proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C155 for the East Village Development on East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East.  Documentation for  discussion is available in the Council Meeting Agenda

It has taken  5 years for the initially proposed, much smaller Virginia Estate redevelopment (12.3 ha, 4,600 dwelling) to morph into the massive East Village redevelopment (24.0 ha, 3000 dwellings).   Mega dollars have been spent by developers, State Govt., VPA and Council without addressing either the

  • land locked sites access issues or
  • defined maximum height limits and dwelling densities, or
  • concerns of residents of the surrounding area

Residents who have been actively involved throughout this process expect Council will pass the Amendment on Tuesday and are extremely disappointed

  • with Council’s consistent planning decisions in favour of the developer, and
  • the absence of any restrictions of any consequence in the Amendment, and
  • limitations on future third party objection rights

Below is a copy of a letter forwarded to Councillors by the residents.

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Panel Report

The Panel Report was received by Council on 11 February 2020 and was made available to the public on 5 March 2020. A copy of the report is also included on Council’s website. The Panel supported Amendment C155 and recommends that the Amendment be adopted as exhibited, subject to a number of recommendations which are listed in the attached Panel Report.

In summary the main recommendations include:

  • Mandatory heights for residential areas within the precinct.
  • Increased heights along residential south sub precinct from 3 to 4 stories. = more shadowing of Virginia Park
  • Discretionary heights for all other areas within the precinct.
  • Building setbacks recommended as discretionary guidelines.
  • Mandatory overshadowing controls for Central Park and Town square based on the winter shadow controls.
  • Discretionary overshadowing controls for Virginia Park and Marlborough Reserve.
  • Reduced road widths for the proposed internal roads within the precinct. = more traffic jams
  • Discretionary controls referring to number of supermarkets within the precinct and their floor space.
  • Mandatory control referring to location of supermarket within the precinct.
  • Town Centre guidelines ensuring that the town centre is designed as a street based village rather than internal mall.
  • Council’s requirements (or triggers) as to when the road intersection projects need to be constructed (with redrafting from Panel).
  • Reviewing the traffic cost apportionment to determine if the average of the AM and PM peak hour traffic flow has a superior outcome.
  • Re-running the Development Contribution Plan and including the latest and additional costings that need to be reviewed. = original contribution $64 million now $64 million.
  • Changes to intersection works and corresponding costing upgrades. = traffic jams and nowhere to park.
  • The Panel’s revised recommended version of the Comprehensive Development Zone Schedule 2.

Deletion of maximum limit of 3,000 dwellings within the precinct. = build many more than 3000 – look at what happened with Caulfield Village.

At the Panel hearing Council put forward its preferred version of the CDZ2 which changed the dwelling yield from a discretionary ‘soft cap’ to a mandatory ‘hard cap’ with the addition of a Section 2 (permit required) condition in the table of uses that states:

Must be no more than 3,000 dwellings in the precinct boundary shown in Plan 1.

The Landowners’ preferred version of the CDZ retains the Section 1 (no permit required) ‘soft cap’ for dwellings and deletes the condition that prohibits any dwellings in excess of 3,000. The Landowners also proposed that additional affordable housing could be provided, where a soft cap of 3,500 dwellings was exceeded.

The Panel considers the best way to manage dwelling yield is a soft cap with the ability to consider applications for dwellings in excess of 3,000. The Panel does not believe a mandatory dwelling cap is strategically justified but also does not believe that an exceedance of the soft cap is an automatic entitlement.

The Panel does not expect that the cap could be significantly exceeded as this could have implications on the traffic network. The officer supports the recommendation to apply a soft (discretionary cap) of 3,000 dwellings.

Dwellings will be prohibited from the commercial sub precincts which will allow for the precincts’ overall vision to be achieved without being compromised by an oversupply of dwellings.

The CDZ Schedule includes as an application requirement for buildings and works applications to demonstrate how the development will contribute to the provision of 3,000 dwellings within the precinct, including a plan showing the location and total number of existing dwellings within the precinct. This allows for a monitoring mechanism on the number of dwellings provided within the precinct

Infrastructure for East Village is to be provided through a number of mechanisms, including the Development Contribution Plan.

Other mechanisms include subdivision and construction works by developers, Section 173 Agreements, utility service provider requirements, capital works projects by Council and State government and Works in Kinds (WIK) projects undertaken by developers on behalf of Council and State government agencies. The East Village DCP:

  • Establishes a framework for development proponents to make a financial contribution towards the cost of identified infrastructure projects;
  • Ensures that the cost of providing new infrastructure and services is shared equitably between various development proponents and the wider community;
  • Provides the details of the calculation of financial contributions that must be made by future developments towards the nominated projects;
  • Provides developers, investors and local communities with certainty about development contribution requirements and how they will be administered. At the hearing both Council and the landowners agreed that further discussions were required to finalise the DCP. Council stated in its closing submission that the DCP needs to be re-run and to do this the project costings must be finalised. The Panel noted that as the author of the DCP, the VPA should be part of discussions. The Panel stated that it did not have sufficient information to make final recommendations on these unresolved matters.

The Panel agrees that the DCP costings should be updated, where necessary and that the DCP should be ’re-run’ to reflect those changes.

This includes new drainage costs provided by the VPA and updated costs for realignment of the North Drive/East Boundary Road intersection and suggested changes to other intersections.

Council has engaged an external consultant to re-run the DCP. Both the landowners and the VPA have reviewed the revised DCP. The updated DCP includes revised costings for infrastructure, development infrastructure levies, revised calculation of equivalence ratios based on AM/PM average and overall a mechanism for development proponents to make a financial contribution towards the cost of identified infrastructure projects.

Planned Development at 14-16 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North. Application GE/DP-33521/2020

GERA has been contacted by a Caulfield North resident asking for assistance in raising residents awareness for a proposed development at 14-16 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North.  Details of the proposed development and the objection process are included in the below letter forwarded to us.

We encourage readers to consider lodging an objection to the development should you wish to do so.    If you would like to contact the resident co-ordinating the objections please do so by emailing GERA (geresidents@hotmail.com)

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Dear Neighbours,

Plans have been advertised for a 4-storey, 31-apartment building with 62 car spaces to be constructed at 14-16 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North. The two historic houses built in the early 1920s at 14 and 16 Hawthorn Road on the corner of Wanda Road would be demolished.

We only have until early July for to lodge objections. The development is inappropriate for this residential area of Hawthorn Rd. It would add an unsustainable traffic load to Wanda Road, which has already been negatively impacted by parking and traffic from the Emmy Monash aged-care facility.

The link to the council page for you to view the plans and register an objection is supplied below. Please consider submitting an objection as a matter of urgency. If we cannot prevent the two historic homes at numbers 14 and 16 Hawthorn Road from being demolished, we hope to at least have the plans for the new building modified so that the impact on our neighbourhood is not so great. If we cannot block the development, we would aim to convince the council to reduce the size and height of the building, and have the underground parking accessed from Hawthorn Rd. We feel strongly that a two, or maximum three-storey development with parking access from Hawthorn Rd would be the only acceptable option.

Please also be aware that we were able to block the development of the adjoining block at 12 Hawthorn Rd over a year ago, and a 4-storey apartment building was rejected for 14 Hawthorn Rd over 3 years ago. This current proposed development would pave the way for future inappropriate developments and fundamental changes in our neighbourhood.

It is also worth pursuing the issue through Heritage Victoria, as the two existing houses are beautiful and well-maintained examples of early 20th century architecture that is rapidly disappearing from our area. If any of you have expertise in this area, it would be terrific if you could investigate this.

We have included below: the links to the plans, the council website for objections, and a Guide to Objections. Please email me if you would like an emailed copy of this letter so you can open the links directly.

The Council Application Number for the development is: GE/DP-33521/2020

Advertised plans

Council link to submit an objection.

Scroll down to click on the  online planning portal link. Enter Application Number GE/DP-33521/2020, then click the number. Scroll to the bottom of the page to make a submission.

The Glen Eira Residents Association has an excellent document: “Planning Permit Objection Guideline

We hope to successfully block this development that threatens the character and amenity of our neighbourhood.   Thank you for your involvement.

Yours sincerely,

Dev

SAVE GLEN EIRA RALLY – 10/11/2019

Save Glen Eira residents group is holding a rally this coming Sunday.

This recently formed group is actively advocating for

  • genuine community consultation
  • permanent height controls for all main road shopping strips
  • protection of our neighbourhoods

Needles to say, GERA encourages our members and readers to support this group by attending the Rally.

Rally and SGE contact details appear below.