Resources and reports on planning issues, by date order with recent reports first
Designing our neighbourhoods
In August 2022, Brunswick Residents Network made a submission entitled “Value in existing character” to Moreland Council. This submission is in response to Council’s consultation on “Designing our Neighbourhoods”. We submit that Moreland Council needs to value the existing character of our neighbourhoods, and their is a pressing need to discourage future development from disrupting the existing rhythm of how housing is spaced on our residential streets. The submission makes a number of practical suggestions.
Bunnings Glenlyon decision
April 2022: VCAT decision rejects Bunnings planning permit application.
- Read VCAT decision on Bunnings proposal
Moreland Design Scorecard
The Design Scorecard offers fast tracking of planning applications for developments that meet criteria of excellence set by staff, that go beyond standard requirements.
BRN concerns include:
- that objectors will struggle to have their issues considered;
- how VCAT’s expanded authorisation over development projects could be an unintended consequence;
- the bypassing of our democratically elected Councillors
- and Moreland’s failure to tighten provisions such as neighborhood character and landscape objectives (whilst distracted with incentivising schemes)
Amendment C190 – two dwellings on a lot
This amendment is for people planning to replace one dwelling with two units or townhouses. This is the most common form of planning application in the northern wards of Moreland where blocks are generally bigger than in Brunswick. BRN concerns outlined in this submission include the removal of residents rights to notification and objection.