The below update to the EAST VILLAGE DRAFT STRUCTURE PLAN has be forwarded to us by a concerned resident.
A community consultation session was held to discuss the Concept Plan for East Village on 27th July, 2017.
The Forum was well attended by residents and chaired by Aiden Mullen (Manager, City Futures).
Significantly two of the major bodies (ie. the Education Department and Vic Roads) did not send reps, so many questions about a possible school and traffic and parking management went unanswered.
Once again residents were asked to respond to a plan with very little detail. The one handout missing from the handout pack was the one that provided the most detail in respect of height and density. Two of the major factors residents continue to voice their concerns about.
The major points to come out of the Forum were
- The Education Department is investigating the need for additional educational facilities in the area. No “answer” as yet. The developers would be prepared to sell the land to the Department/Government. This would be in the vicinity of 1 hectare. If not a school, then possibly a “community centre”. We assume that this would involve Council either purchasing the land or accepting land in lieu of the open space levy.
- The possibility of a commercial car parking venture on the site
- The areas currently zone Commercial 1 (C1Z) would remain. The rest of the site would be rezoned to Mixed Use (MUZ).
- The project life is up to 15 years.
- No solution to traffic, apart from advocating for care share, more traffic lights and buses to run through the site.
- The developers have been in constant contact with Council’s various departments.
- Now 24 hectares (doubled in size) – how many apartments, residents and cars does this mean?
All in all it practically impossible to comment on what will eventuate given the lack of detail on just about everything.
One particular concern regarding the areas surrounding this site was a boundary never before seen or referred to by Council.
Is this the area targeted by Council for re-zoning?
Border: McKinnon Road, Deakin Street, Mackie Street, North Road, Brett Street, Dalny Road, Hunter Street, East Boundary and Tucker Roads.
Having heard what is intended for Bentleigh at the Thursday, 10th August Concept Plan Forum, regarding height limits and rezoning, residents are urged to contact Aiden Mullent, Nick Staikos – MLA Bentleigh and all Councillors contact Nick Staikos – MLA Bentleigh, all Councillors and to get assurance that these areas are not targeted for re-zoning by Council. (Contact Details)
If your house is in this area be alert and get informed.