SUBURBAN STREETS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WHILE BACKYARDS SHRINK

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 in News

Changes proposed by the Baillieu Government this week will result in smaller backyards while allowing businesses to take over our suburbs, Shadow Planning Minister Brian Tee said.

Under the Baillieu Government’s proposed new planning zones, Melbourne’s suburbs will have smaller minimum block sizes and allow an array of businesses to set up shop in residential areas.

Mr Tee said the changes to planning provisions doesn’t allow for communities to object to proposed developments.

“Under Mr Guy’s new zone, families will watch helplessly as their backyards get smaller and their streets are taken over by shops,” Mr Tee said.

“Once Mr Guy puts these zones in place there will be no appeal rights through the permit process – like it or lump it.

“The community’s right to object, the right most people take for granted in previous planning schemes, has been removed in many cases by a Planning Minister intent on wrecking havoc in our neighbourhoods to protect the profits of his developer mates.”

Mr Tee said the existing ‘residential one’ zone will be replaced by Mr Guy’s ‘Residential Growth Zone’, which allow minimum block sizes down to a low 200 square metres, which was previously 300 square metres.

“Under the changes Melbourne’s suburbs will experience more traffic and more noise. While communities have been silenced, businesses will have a free ride,” he said.

“This isn’t the long-term planning policy that Melbourne needs. It is a tick-and-flick approach to planning that will result in congested suburbs and dysfunctional communities.

“The majority of Melbourne’s suburbs will be in the ‘Residential Growth Zone’, but Mr Guy will look after the leafy established suburbs by placing them in the ‘Neighbourhood Residential Zone’, which provides the protections he is removing from the rest of Melbourne’s suburbs.

“It seems the only backyards safe from Mr Guy’s bulldozers are the ones in Hawthorn and Toorak with tennis courts.”

Mr Tee said allowing more business into residential areas will undermine Melbourne’s iconic strip shops.

“Letting business into the suburbs with low rent could mean the end for the established strip shops, which provide so much charm to suburbs right across the city.

“The changes go too far and I urge the Government to restore some balance.”

Existing: 

Res 1 Zone

 

(comprises   around 90% of all resi zoned land)

Baillieu   proposes: 

General Residential Zone

 

Bed   & Breakfast As   of right – (maximum 6 guests – otherwise permit required)

(must   provide 1 car space for each couple – otherwise permit required)

As   of right – (maximum 10 guests – otherwise   permit required)

 

Place   of worship As   of right BUT

cannot use for social or recreational activities (unless with permit).

Building   floor area cannot exceed 180sqm (unless with permit)

Site   area cannot exceed 1200 sqm (unless with permit)

As   of right but building cannot exceed 250sqm (unless   with permit)
Convenience   restaurant (eg McDonalds) or take-away food premise (eg fish n chips) Must   have permit (must be on a main road – otherwise prohibited) Subject   to permit (must be on a main road – otherwise prohibited)
Convenience   shop (eg 7-Eleven) Must   have permit (maximum size 80 sqm, otherwise prohibited) As of right –   if within 100m within a commercial zone and under 100sqm in size (otherwise   permit required)
Restaurant   or café (“food & drink premises”) Must   have permit As of right – if within 100m of commercial or mixed use zone & if   floor area under 100sqm (otherwise permit required).
Medical   centre Must   have permit As of right   – if building under 250sqm (otherwise permit required)
Office Prohibited Must have permit – if within 100m of commercial zone & less than   250sqm (otherwise prohibited)
A   Shop (conventional retail shop) Prohibited As of right –   if within 100m within a commercial zone and under 100sqm in size (otherwise   permit required)
A   shop (supermarket) Prohibited As of right –   if within 100m within a commercial zone and under 100sqm in size (otherwise   permit required)
A   Shop (hairdresser)  Prohibited As of right –   if within 100m within a commercial zone and under 100sqm in size (otherwise   permit required)

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