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.”
Res 1 Zone
(comprises around 90% of all resi zoned land)
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|