The following table illustrates like nothing else can, exactly what is happening throughout metropolitan Melbourne, and particularly in Glen Eira. This council can now adopt the mantle of ‘Leggo Land of the South’. The zones have been in for 15 months. Council admits to 1713 net new dwellings in the last financial year. Thus far (ie 4 months) another 1002 new dwellings have received permits. (Source: Planning Permit Activity – http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/planning/planning-applications/planning-permit-activity-in-victoria)

Prior to the introduction of the new zones, council’s ‘average’ number of new dwellings per year was stated as roughly 500 to 600. This figure has now tripled! By the end of the current financial year, if this trend continues, then residents should look forward to over 3000 new dwellings in one year! And yet, we are still assailed with the nonsense that this has got absolutely nothing to do with the introduction of the new zones and the open arms approach to development by Glen Eira.

JULY1

On July 1st 2014, the new zones came in everywhere. If councils had not as yet finalised their amendments, then the General Residential Zones were applied automatically to all areas previously zones Residential. The Age has run articles on how political the process has been, when western suburb and/or Labor dominated municipalities had their amendments knocked back by the Minister’s Standing Residential Zones Committee. Darebin, Moreland, and Kingston were the ‘victims’ of this process. Darebin and Moreland are still awaiting approval of their amendments. The upshot is that these two councils have now huge swathes of their municipalities zoned as General Residential Zones instead of Neighbourhood Residential Zones as they intended. It is no coincidence that they are the only two councils whose net new dwellings surpass Glen Eira’s.

There are other concerns too. Of these 1002 net new dwellings we have to ask:

  • How many are one bedroom units?
  • How many car parking spots have been waived?
  • How many of these permits have been resubmitted for bigger, higher, larger developments?
  • How many extensions has council handed out (practically willy-nilly)?
  • How many trees remain on any of these lots?
  • How many ‘standards’ have been overlooked per application?
  • What has council done about the cumulative impact for individual streets? Have they even bothered to consider any of this?
  • How much will ratepayers have to cough up to pay for the requisite improvements in drainage since developers won’t have to pay a cent since this benevolent council dropped its levy from the planning scheme?

Residents deserve answers to each and every one of these questions. The bigger question is whether councillors will dare to even ask them!

 

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