There are several development proposals within the Ivanhoe Structure Plan area already aiming to capitalise on the higher height limits the Structure Plan has thrown open
However several development proposals are OVER the suggested guidelines - which are already quite generous and many near Fairy Hills are asking for significant Parking Waivers
Of recent concern is the proposal for 145 - 157 and 159 Heidelberg Rd ( Darebin Precinct - ie part of Fairy Hills ) - which is currently being appealed at VCAT by the developer - against Councils decision to "REFUSE" the application. Several residents have
already objected to the proposal and already have the complete e copy of the Plans. Extra residents can still object but directly to VCAT -= by asking to be included in the action. There is NO cost we believe - to residents be added as a party
to the case - as it is the developer who is making the Appeal. Council will be fighting the case at VCAT but it is always good to have resident backing and some people who can actually attend the case - So, consider taking action to protect the Structure
Plan from those wishing to go outside its boundaries.
Contact Liz Fleming at Council 94579893 - leave a message for her to call back if not free - for any extra info, OR the FHI group via our contact page
145 - 157 and 159 Heidelberg Rd ( Darebin Precinct)
This development proposal includes Parking Waivers and a footprint and height limit beyond the precinct
guidelines - as well as some Vegetation Removal. It plans access direct to Heidelberg Rd and a large Cafe - also accessed from Heidelberg Rd. 41 Dwellings - several with balconies OVER the public domain are proposed
The Councils REFUSAL notice is very
comprehensive and covers nearly all the issues bar the Parking Waiver and Safety concerns on Heidelberg Rd
Residents are wanting more people to object to VCAT regarding the both the Parking Waiver and ALL of Councils objections
- Many have added other points about the asfety of access on Heidelberg Rd. To do this contact VCAT for the forms to fill in and if you need more help contact the Fairy Hills Residents Group via our contacts page
The Parking Waiver is something
that all Developments are seeking around Ivanhoe - The corner site at Marshall and Lower Heidelberg Rd was given a huge one; The 1065 site on Heidelberg Rd also achieved a big one ( approved early this year ) and the VCAT members hearing the cases
keep arguing that there is lots of parking available in the surrounding residential streets ! ....By objecting to these waivers, we may not win the argument to start with - but eventually all these waivers add up to NO parking left for residents ! Stopping
the process at some point is important .. Residents are making this point in their objections to VCAT - IN ADDITION to supporting Councils points and protecting the Structure Plan from undesirable precedents
Advertising Signs to increase in Banyule BUT already we have problems in the heritage listed Ivanhoe Shopping Strip !
Currently there is a proposal for the signage
at the NEW Chemist Shop at the Seddon St / Upper Heidleberg Rd corner to be retrospectively approved - The street level windows are garish and fully blocked out by signs -The doorway is also crowded with
signage and baskets - making access hazardous for prams and wheelie walkers - it is reported
Residents are encouraged to object to this proposal to approve this signage - Complete details are available via our contact page but the application
address is 158-160 Upper Heidelberg Rd and the application is P260 / 2014 -
The trigger is for advertising signs that are greater than 8m2 - within a heritage
Sending an objection stating you object to that - is sufficient - if you give the shop address and application No above and YOUR personal contact details - Council will do the rest and send you a letter letting you know
what is happening
You can email an objection via (email@example.com) with Planning Objection to P260/ 2014 - in the subject
line, or write a letter to - Banyule Planning Dept PO Box 51, Ivanhoe, 3079; OR call in to the Planning Dept at 44 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna with your objection or to gt the proper form if you want
why you object ( ie. perhaps ? - The comprehensive coverage looks terrible and detracts from the valued heritage character of strip ( which is meanr to be protected) ?, Too big and too much blocking of view into shop looks uninviting?
- and it will lower the "High Street" tone of the centre - detracting income from more attractive and long standing business ?) Ensure you include the heritage issues ..
RULES FOR BANYULE?
Last Council Meeting ( June 2nd 2014 ) Council voted to investigate increasing signage in Banyule to raise Council income - especially large billboard type signage. As it took a lot of community effort to REDUCE
signage in Banyule ( several years of discussion took place) You may wish to object or comment on this proposal by either writing to all the Councillors / writing to the Mayor / or writing to the CEO and asking him where best to place your comments and
asking him to forward them there = All three avenues can be achieved by writing to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the people you are trying to reach in the subject line
for some details of the proposal from CR Garotti or go to the Agenda Papers direct on http://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Council/Council-Meetings/Minutes-and-Agendas checking
the June 2 Meeting Item 8.3
Cr Rick Garotti / Ward: Grimshaw
"That Council Officers investigate and report back to Council on
a range of opportunities to expand the revenue that Council generates from outdoor advertising.
The report should include investigation of:
1. the opportunities and challenges for a range of possibilities including but not limited to:
Advertisements on existing Council-owned outdoor assets, such as bins in shopping strips, on a fee-for-advertisement basis.
Expand the number of available sites on Council-owned buildings and land across the municipality that
support large advertising signs and billboards.
Increase the number of advertising signs