Thanks to all those that attended the JRPP meeting on the 23rd October and especially to those that spoke. It was a curious meeting that seemed to focus more on whether the community feedback was relevant to a planning decision rather than actually listening to the feedback. See the attached notification of the panel’s decision. I note that they make specific reference to the bush fire concerns that were raised.
My interpretation of the recommendation means that, if the Minister agrees, the land will be zoned R3 Medium Density, limited to 60 dwellings of minimum lot size of 220 square metres and 12 metre height restriction which is about 3 storeys. The zoning still allows for adaptive reuse of the existing building but the current concept plans from the developer suggest terraced-style townhouses. Compared to the original proposal for 6 storey apartment blocks of up to 250 dwellings, this is appears to be somewhat of a compromise although not the preferred outcome.
It’s unclear what the developer will do next. If they submit a Development Application, our focus will move to details ensuring the community’s views are heard on issues such as overshadowing etc.
Drop me an email if you have any questions or concerns and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Thanks again for all your support.
Resident’s Consultative Committee