Brunswick planning: big changes proposed

MAJOR CHANGES PROPOSED FOR PLANNING IN BRUNSWICK
Newsletter Update, emailed 11 June 2012

This Wednesday, Moreland Council will consider reports which start a process to lock in changes to the Moreland Planning Scheme for the suburb of Brunswick.

All the proposed changes are set out in the Moreland Council meeting agenda, 13 June 2012

These documents include a number of proposed Amendments to the Moreland Planning Scheme, for the area known as the Brunswick Activity Centre – covering areas from Merri Creek in the east to the parkland west of the Upfield railway line, from Park Street in the south to Moreland Road in the north.

Firstly, Amendment C134 proposes permanent planning controls to implement the Brunswick Structure Plan (adopted by Council in August 2010). There are however, some changes proposed to the version developed in the past.

Secondly, Amendment C134 also proposes to rezone land in part of two industrial precincts within the central Lygon Street Local Area: the first precinct is on the western side of Lygon Street and affects properties in Pitt Street, Evans Street, Albert Street, Trafford Street and Ann Street. The second precinct is on the eastern side of Lygon Street between Albert and Victoria Streets.

Other rezoning plans are currently underway for the Nicholson Street, especially south of Glenlyon Road.

These areas will be rezoned from Industrial to Residential / Business, opening the way for the transformation of old factories into new multi-storey housing and shopping projects.

Thirdly, Amendment C134 proposes the inclusion of the Moreland Higher Density Design Code (‘the Code’) as an Incorporated Document in the planning scheme. The Code is intended to apply to any development of four or more storeys throughout Moreland (a final draft of the Code can be found on p557 of the meeting agenda).

Finally, as well as the existing Brunswick Structure Plan, Council staff are using this opportunity to propose other amendments for guidelines relating to building height, street setbacks, upper storey setbacks and active frontage types as well as redefining the boundary of the Activity Centre.

Maps of proposed changes:

You can go straight to page 658 of the meeting agenda to see a map of what the Brunswick Activity Centre might look like, with changed height limits, rezoning of residential and industrial areas and new boundaries.

There are also smaller maps with changed height levels and boundaries for the main north-south corridors:

  • Map Page 549 Proposed Lygon Street Precinct
  • Map Page 554 Proposed Nicholson Street Precinct
  • Map Page 556 Proposed re-zoning of land in Lygon Street near Victoria and Albert Street

Full reports

For those that want a bit of light bedtime reading, you can read the full reports prepared by Council staff, which include details of these proposed changes :

To read the full reports in the meeting agenda for this Wednesday’s Council meeting, scroll down to:

Page 468

DED53/12 AMENDMENT C134 (BRUNSWICK MAJOR ACTIVITY CENTRE PERMANENT PLANNING CONTROLS, MORELAND HIGHER DENSITY DESIGN CODE) AND AMENDMENT C135 (EXTENSION OF INTERIM CONTROLS) (D12/94642)

Page 659

DED54/12 ANNUAL REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVIEW OF THE MORELAND PLANNING SCHEME 2010 AND UPDATE ON THE STATE GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF THE VICTORIAN PLANNING SYSTEM (D12/103822)

Page 674

DED55/12 URBAN DEVELOPMENT – PROGRESS & DIRECTIONS (D12/103202) – this report includes recommendations to change the triggers for matters to be referred to Council’s Urban Planning Committee, leaving them in the hands of Council staff (another in a series of moves to remove residents rights for notification and consultation).

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The process from here on:

Moreland Council will receive these reports this Wednesday at their monthly council meeting.

Given that interim planning controls for Brunswick expired on 10 May 2012, the reports also ask for an extension of the interim controls, known as Amendment C135, until all final changes to the Moreland Planning Scheme can be legally implemented over the next year.

If the reports are accepted by Council on Wednesday night, the proposed changes go to State Planning Minister Matthew Guy and the Department of Planning, and if he agrees, they should be put out to public consultation later this year.

This consultation process is significant: if Council have their way, once these changes are made, building heights and planning controls set out in the Moreland planning scheme will be locked in and rights of review and objection over height levels will be removed. The report says (on page 473): “Once these various consultation and review processes are completed and the appropriateness of building heights determined, there should be no further notification and review rights should this recommendation be supported.”

With Council elections this year, there’s an opportunity to elect councillors who will reflect resident views on the character of our suburbs!

In coming months, Brunswick Residents Network will be holding public meetings to discuss these changes and also hold a candidates meeting in October, to allow you to meet candidates bidding for a council seat on 27 October

Please get in touch at albertstreet2020@gmail.com if you’d like further information

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