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The Minister for Planning (the Minister) is the Responsible Authority for assessing and determining planning applications at 607-627 Victoria Street, Abbotsford within the Priority Development Zone – Schedule 1 (PUZ1) that applies to the site.
On 23 November 2015, the Minister received a Development Plan application for the land at 607-627 Victoria Street, Abbotsford.
Key details of the Development Plan are as follows:
- Two buildings between 10 and 11 storeys (plus 3 level basement);
- Mixed-use comprising:
788sqm of commercial floor area
539 dwellings ((242 x 1 bedroom, 262 x 2 bedroom & 35 x 3 bedroom)
various communal residential spaces
- 508 car parking spaces (551 required) accessed via Walmer Plaza
- 229 bicycle spaces
The Minister for Planning has directed that the Development Application is placed on display in accordance with the requirements of the PUZ1 . A link to the Development Plan and supporting documents is available here.
Any written comments about the development plan must be sent to the Development Approvals section at the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or addressed to 1 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Written comments must be provided to DELWP by 9 May 2016.
Should you have any questions regarding this matter, require a hard copy of electronic copy of any documentation, or would like to arrange an appointment to view the Development Plan, please contact the Development Approvals team at
DELWP on 9223 5348.
From City of Yarra website: http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/planning–building/Major-developments/607-627-victoria-street-abbotsford/#wrapper
****Responses from Minister Wynne.
People who commented on DP1500043 were acknowledged by the DELWP, with the advice that comments would be noted and considered.
Those who missed the deadline for comments, but emailed the Minister’s office later have received various responses.
The most recent responses received have been:
“at the urging of the Minister, Salta has agreed to hold community meetings where interested persons can voice their concerns and hear what Salta are proposing to respond…If you would like to register to attend please contact Lloyd Elliott, Director, Urbis to register for a session.”
email@example.com tel: 03 8663 4888 m 0405 031 725
While the Minister and his staff are to be commended for responding to the public concern, it would be more in keeping with usual practice for the responsible authority (either Council or Minister) to convene a public meeting, in a public forum (such as Collingwood Town Hall), with an impartial moderator.
It is also unusual to request people to register with the developer/developer’s planning consultant for a meeting.
A public consultation should be conducted as a public meeting which any interested party may attend without permission/invitation from the developer.
To email the Minister to express misgivings about this unusual and seemingly inappropriate procedure : email firstname.lastname@example.org, and point out that over 1,000 people have directly expressed their concern by signing a petition. A series of private presentations by the developer is both unusual, and inadequate to address the overwhelming amount of community concern.
Update: The meetings with Salta proposed by the Minister’s office have finally been given dates and times, as follows:
Wednesday 13 July (6-8pm) and Saturday 16 July (10.30am-12.30pm)
The meetings will be held in the Salta display suite, Walmer Street, Abbotsford. (The display suite is the building jammed against the bike ramp).
Register your attendance by 5pm Monday 11th July :
email@example.com tel: 03 8663 4888 m 0405 031 725 or Dianne Jones: email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 8663 4888. We suggest copying in the Minister for Planning, email@example.com to reinforce the level of community interest.
Hopefully a larger community meeting convened by the responsible authority and open to all will follow from these small developer-led sessions.