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CARNEGIE CONCEPT PLAN, 14/8/2017 – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Following on from GERA’s urging residents to attend Monday’s Concept Forum we thought it appropriate to provide some additional information that

  • Is applicable to all activity centres in Glen Eira
  • highlights the need for residents to “stir from slumber” and become involved.

As per Council’s “Life Cycle” ( bottom right of page) review process  Carnegie is currently at Stage 5  of an 8 stage Structure Planning process.  Since stages 7 & 8 relate to Council and Ministerial review and approval, Monday’s Forum (Carnegie 14/8 & Elsternwick 21/8) and October’s Stage 6 (Draft Structure Plans) Forum are the last remaining opportunities for community input.   

With the release of the Concept Plans the “nitty gritty” is just beginning to appear.

  • The Activity Centres boundaries have expanded
  • Some areas have increased height limits, others decreased height limits – overall development opportunities have increased.

Yet, little or no justification has been provided and no assessment of the flow-on impacts has been included.  October’s Structure Planning Forum promises to be a “doozey” – a wealth of information with little time to digest.

“A structure plan is a long-term plan that guides important aspects of an activity centre including development, land use, transport and car parking approaches, community facilities, public realm and open spaces and strategic opportunities. Structure plans provide certainty for the way an area will accommodate growth and change as supported by Council and the community.”

Residents, who  live in or around a centre or who frequent a centre, owe it to themselves to become informed and express their views at the two remaining forums.

While GERA has a number of major concerns re the Concept Plans, we applaud Council (finally and at Ministerial direction) recognising that

  • the boundaries (established in 2003) for Glen Eira Activity Centres were/are inappropriate and did not include appropriate transitions, and
  • Within the centres, the 2013 zone implementation is not providing diversity of housing – the extra legwork was not undertaken. Adopting the concept of “right building in right locations” is a positive step towards addressing this issue.

As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is that the current review (coming 4 years after the zone implementation provided 80+ years of housing supply in residential zones, rising to 100+ years supply if commercial zones are included) has resulted in an expansion of boundaries into established residential areas  and height variations without

  • any justification being provided – there is no comparative analysis on current and projected densities/capacities expected and
  • no analysis of pace of development to achieve Government targets (current target 9000 new dwellings by 2031, yet current estimates indicate 2,000 p.a. is being achieved)
  • any information on the mechanisms (planning tools) to be used to ensure “right buildings in right locations”

Quite frankly, over half way through the process this is unacceptable and in order to ensure residents are able to make informed comments and decisions, they should be demanding that information

GERA’s CARNEGIE CONCERNS

  • GERA believes the review of the Carnegie should include Glen Huntly (flagged to become major activity centre) and Murrumbeena. South of Neerim Road and Dandenong Road, the  Carnegie and Murrumbeena centres have merged and with the expansion of the Carnegie boundaries it also merges with Glen Huntly.  As yet no details on changes to the boundaries of Murrumbeena or Glen Huntly are available (scheduled for a later Structure Plan exercise), however, residents believe they too will expand.  Within the context of a relatively small area, the provision for future development will be huge, as will the flow on impacts (eg. traffic, parking, open space).  GERA believes it is inappropriate for these centres not to be reviewed concurrently.  Factoring in the future level crossing removal in the 3 centres, adds emphasis to a need for a concurrent review.

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EXISTING CONDITIONS PLAN – CARNEGIE

  • A similar presentation was seriously challenged as being incomplete at the Bentleigh Forum. The map did not reflect “existing conditions” since
    • all planning permits granted since 2013 were not included and
    • planning permits (for 3 or more stories whether constructed or given extensions) prior to 2013 were excluded

Similar issues are likely to exist for the above – eg the 5 storey building being constructed on the Cnr of Rosstown/Kookaribb, 4 stories on the Cnr Kookaribb/Neerim and the 5 stories Truganini Road (next to the Carnegie Primary School) are not included.

  • Questions of accuracy aside – the highlighted permits present a disturbing picture of the past 4 years and, since they will remain for decades, a serious challenge to future Centre development as presented in the Concept Plans.
  • The Centre’s boundaries have been extended to include substantial established residential areas. At the Bentleigh Forum,  Council advised that these boundaries, which align with the road network, were in line with a 10 minute walk to the train station.  Assuming the same applies to Carnegie, it’s likely to involve a much longer walk from south eastern jut (Phillips Avenue) or from the western Seymour bulge (Seymour Avenue).

BUILDING TRANSITION PLAN – CARNEGIE

When reviewing bear in mind, Existing Conditions Map, zones and highlighted building locations.

As previously mentioned, some areas have increased heights others reduced heights. Some selected significant examples  are as follows.

  • Urban Renewal Development area – between Railway Line and Dandenong Road. Subject to a “preferred”  interim height control (DDO9-1) of 7 stories – proposed maximum height limit 8 stories, if includes community benefit 12 stories.  Issues related to
    • what constitutes “community benefit” and “appropriate transition to be managed within site”.
    • Potential dominance of the Chesnut Heritage Area which unfortunately retains a 4 storey height limit along Dandenong Road.
  • Commercial and Mixed Zones, Koornang Road from Railway line to Neerim Road. Subject to preferred interim height control (DDO9-2) of 7 stories – proposed maximum height limit reduced to 4.
  • Koornang Road south of Neerim Road to Truganini Road currently two stories increased to 3.
  • Rosstown Road, from Mimosa to Cosy Gum, currently two stories increased to 4
  • Toolambool to Mimosa currently 4 stories reduced to 3.
  • Area south of Neerim Road between Ames Ave and Koornang currently classified as 4 and 3 stores reduced, height limit on Neerim Road reduced to 3.
  • Neerim Road, northside, between Toolambool and Mimosa currently 3 and 4 stories now 4

Since no justifications have been provided for the height variances or expansion of boundaries  or locations of various housing types, we find it difficult to comment further.  While GERA welcomes the concepts, without

  • data, justifications and the effectiveness of the planning mechanisms to achieve the mixed housing types within the centre
  • consideration being given to the merging of Murrubeena and Glen Huntly centres

It is not possible to determine if the best outcome is being achieved – Council needs to provide additional information and residents need to awaken and become involved

 

 

ATTEND THE CARNEGIE CONCEPT PLAN FORUM – MONDAY, 14/08/2017

The following flyer has been prepared to urge residents to attend next Monday’s Carnegie Concept Plan Community Forum.  As per the flyer, the Concept Plan contains some significant changes that residents should be aware of and concerned about.

Details of the Forum and Council Concept Plan documentation is available on Council’s website.

CONCEPT (STRUCTURE) PLANNING COMMUNITY FORUMS

Council is currently releasing information on the next round of Community Forms to discuss the Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick Activity Centre Concept/Structure Plans.  As per various social media sites these plans include significant changes that residents need to be concerned about – expansion of activity centre boundaries, rezoning properties from lower to higher densities, and increased height limits in activity centres Commercial and Mixed Use zones.

Information on these forums is not readily accessible on Council’s website due to an apparent change in terminology and their not being listed under the category of  “Community Engagement > Current Consultations”

Below are brief Forum details and links to the appropriate documentation

Bentleigh Concept Plan Community Forums

  • Thursday 10 August 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion
  • Cnr Murrumbeena and North Roads, Murrumbeena

More details and documentation on Council’s website – Bentleigh

 Carnegie Concept Plan Community Forums

  • Monday 14 August 6.30pm-8.30pm)
  • Carnegie Library and Community Centre
  • 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

More details and documentation on Councils website – Carnegie

Elsternwick Concept Plan Community Forums

  • Monday, 21 August 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Caulfield RSL
  • 4 St. Georges Road, Elsternwick

More details and documentation on Council’s website – Elsternwick

 

We’ve getting towards the serious end of Planning Scheme Review process, major changes are being proposed and serious concerns are emerging.

There is much to read and discuss in a short time.

Become involved and be counted.

 

As always, if you have any comments or need additional information, please feel free to comment on our Facebook Page

STRUCTURE PLANNING FORUMS

UPDATE 17/5/2017

Don’t forget to attend tonight’s Structure Planning Forum for Elsternwick.  Details are

Wednesday, 17th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St. Georges Road, Elsternwick.

UPDATE 8/5/2017

Don’t forget to attend tonight’s Structure Planning Forum for Carnegie.  Details are

Monday 8th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm

Boyd Room of the Carnegie Library,

7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

As we have pointed out many times, this is an opportunity for residents to assess and comment upon the Structure Planning work currently being undertaken by Council.   It’s about how Council is planning for the expected future developments in the centre and Council’s proposals for ensuring that the Carnegie Centre continues as a safe, socially and economically viable Centre that is readily accessible to all.

If you want a say in what can/should be built where and what basic needs (eg. open space, safety, traffic parking, neighbourhood character) Council should plan to provide for a burgeoning population then attend the forum.

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For those not aware, commencing next week, Council is holding  Community Forums* on the preliminary results of the Structure Planning work being undertaken as a result of the 2015 Ministerial Directive for Glen Eira to review it’s planning scheme.

We urge all residents and interested parties to attend the forums – numbers count.  The Structure Planning (first recommended by an Independent Planning Panel in 2003) currently being undertaken sets the requirements/standards for future developments in Glen Eira, ie what can built where (ie. locations, building uses, heights, footprint, setbacks etc.) .   It also incorporates the myriad of related planning issues (eg. traffic, parking, open space, tree protection, heritage, drainage etc.) which fall within Council’s planning responsibilities.

Although the current focus is on the major activity centres and skyrail route, the requirements set for these centres will also have significant impact on the

  • Requirements determined, at some yet to be determined future time, for the smaller activity centres (a.k.a. Neighbourhood Centres) and
  • Flow on impacts (eg traffic & parking) for the surrounding areas (ie. the smaller activity centres and Neighbourhood Residential Zone).

Now is the appropriate time for community involvement – the planning scheme requirements are being set.  Once set, it is too late to object to planning permit applications that are in compliance with the requirements ( eg. those that have been approved for Carnegie and Bentleigh since the current zones were implemented in 2013).

Below is an email which highlights some of the issues identified by the Centre Road Bentleigh Group (the Group can be contacted via email – centreroadbentleigh@gmail.com).   GERA believes that many of the issues raised below are equally applicable to Carnegie, Elsternwick and Murrumbeena and that the residents of these areas may wish to add further concerns at the forums.

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Over the last few years, Bentleigh residents have been actively lobbying Council to put in the right controls and plans for future developments within the area.  As an outcome of this lobbying, some interim height controls have recently been introduced and Council is now also undertaking a Bentleigh shopping centre and surrounds structure planning process. This structure plan will significantly influence future development

 Our thoughts on the preliminary plan are:  

  • There is no meaningful increase in open space and this is an issue with increasing development and also the general lack of open space in Glen Eira (lowest in Melbourne).  
  • It is proposed that the existing car parks are to be consolidated into a multi-storey with the remainder to potentially be converted into more residential developments. This is not acceptable (Stonnington for example are doing one underground car park and developing open space above). 
  • There is limited if any innovation or creativity in the plan.  
  • It is proposed that the library be relocated ($20M plus cost) however this was not identified as a need by residents.  (perhaps Council wants to sell off the current library site for a major development?). 
  • There is no direction included for future development heights. 

In summary, we believe that more work needs to be done to deliver a plan that is consistent in quality with other local government areas.  

 Please attend the community forum to again ensure Council clearly understands the views of residents.  Numbers are important, please also forward this onto friends. 

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As always, if you have any comments or need additional information, please feel free to comment on our Facebook Page

 

*Details of the Forums, together with support documentation, is available on Council’s website

Bentleigh

Wednesday 3 May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Bentleigh Senior Citizens Centre, 2 Arthur Street, Bentleigh to further discuss this preliminary plan.

Carnegie

Monday 8th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Boyd Room of the Carnegie Library, 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

Elsternwick

Wednesday, 17th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Caulfield RSL, 4 St. Georges Road, Elsternwick.

Murrumbeena

The previously advised 24/5 Murrumbeena Structure Planning Community Forum appears to have been cancelled and has been replaced with a Structure Planning Forum for the East Village Development.  Details of this Forum are provided below.

East Village

Wednesday, 24th May, 6.30pm–8.30pm at the Duncan McKinnon Reserve Pavilion, Cnr. North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena