We have received the below email from the Elsternwick Group opposing the Draft Structure Plans for that Activity Centre. It reminds residents that submissions are due tomorrow (11/12) and includes a sample submission that residents may use when preparing their submission.
- Submissions for the Bentleigh and Carnegie Draft Structure Plans are also due tomorrow.
- Residents preparing submissions for any activity centre, should also review our earlier posting re an Open Letter to the Mayor . You may wish to include some of the issues raised in your submission.
A reminder to respond to the Glen Eira council using ALL feedback channels available – please help us make this final push to be heard!
Due to resident pressure, Bentleigh had its plan reduced as follows (and we must put as much pressure on as possible so we get the same concessions):
- Commercial zoning areas reduced from 8 to 5 stories
- Residential areas reduced from 4 to 3 stories (and further reduction of apartment block zoning to townhouses).
For Action by Monday 11 December:
- Send your objection to Glen Eira Council planning department by MONDAY 11 DECEMBER at: firstname.lastname@example.org . (See end of key for dot points on key issues you might want to consider in your response)
- Sign our online petition (and share on Facebook, send to family/friends/neighbours): https://www.change.org/p/glen-eira-council-no-high-rise-city-on-elsternwick-fringe-02dd0d1f-25c3-4ddd-b83b-b1712e2faf71
- Have your say on the Glen Eira discussion forum. Register first at: https://www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au/register then use the next link to have your say (and ‘Like’ all other relevant entries) at https://www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au/Elsternwick/forum_topics/tell-us-what-you-think-of-the-elsternwick-draft-structure-plan (Note: Council has done a great job at hiding key links!)
- If you do not believe the council has properly consulted with you, please make a formal complaint: http://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Contact-us/Make-a-complaint . If you have previously made a formal complaint and the council has not properly investigated your concerns or provided you with an appropriate outcome to your complaint within 28 working days, you can demand an internal review: http://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Contact-us/Internal-review
- Forward to other Elsternwick residents you know!!
Points you may wish to raise:
- Clearly state you reject both options in the Elsternwick Concept Plan.
- Plan is excessive and completely out of character with the suburb and the reason people (choose to live here).
- Council has provided no detail (or addressed community concerns) around how properties next to or near 12 storey developments will be protected by MASSIVE overshadowing and privacy concerns in a residential area with many young families that have children.
- City Futures and Mary Delahunty said a traffic impact assessment was being done during Stage 5 of consultation. Council has not released the outcome of this impact assessment or been able to answer simple questions around how a significant increase in traffic (given the 20%+ increase in residents in this small area) will be managed and how traffic will be managed in the small residential streets leading up to the Elsternwick shopping strip with likely traffic chaos in St James Pde (which has a school), Denver Ave, Collage St, Horne St/Glen Huntly Road intersections.
- Additional impacts to our already over-crowded train, tram and bus facilities – plans have NO detail on how this is being managed.
- Both options destroy heritage/character properties in one of the oldest parts of Elsternwick (many of which are circa 1880 and turn of the century Edwardian properties). It is letting developers destroy Elsternwick history.
- Council has provided NO detail (or addressed community concerns) around car parking in the urban development zone and in the shopping strip to cater for a significant increase in residents many of whom will still need to drive to local shops.
- High rise development is at direct odds with the objective of creating and protecting Elsternwick’s character and “village feel” changing the social fabric of our suburb.
- New public space in urban development zone is only being ‘advocated’ for – there is no detail around how the council will secure this park space.
- Council has stated it is taking a whole of municipality approach to meeting Victorian government housing targets – why is it not providing a consolidated list of all housing development sites/opportunities across the municipality?
- Across the municipality, council has enough opportunities to meet these targets (and is already meeting and exceeding its targets) without creating such excessive highrise building zones in Elsternwick. This includes 24 hectares in the new East Village; significant opportunities in Bentleigh and Carnegie (including the Bentleigh car yard area which has THREE railway stations close by) and a recent petition from residents to develop the area on Glen Huntley Road near Hawthorn road.
- Glen Eira council already has highest number of apartment applications (according to ABS data) https://gleneira.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/outrageous-stats/comment-page-1/#comment-35760
- In addition, there is already a clear precedent for higher rise developments in the Glen Huntly Road shopping strip -which is actually in the Activity Centre zone.
We EXPECT our elected representatives to come up with a more appropriate and balanced option that protects Elsternwick’s heritage, character and village feel (across the entire suburb).Don’t turn our municipality into another Port Melbourne / Docklands disaster!