Review of Planning Strategy and Policy

11 May 2014

Council recently sought community feedback on proposed changes to the Monash Planning Scheme. These changes are aimed at ensuring Monash develops and grows in a well planned and sustainable way.

Comments were sought by Sunday 11 May 2014.

Summary

Every four years, Council is required to review the Monash Planning Scheme to ensure it responds to the future needs of our community.

As part of the current review, Council is proposing to introduce a Revised Housing Strategy, a Revised Industrial Land Use Strategy and three new policies: a Licensed Premises Policy, a Gaming Policy, and an Environmentally Efficient Design Policy.

These strategies and policies acknowledge that Monash's population will continue to grow, as will the population across Victoria. In doing so, they propose measures to ensure that the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Monash residents is maintained or even improved.

For further information, please see the below topics.

Contact

If you have any questions you would like to discuss over the phone, please call: Sean McNamee, Acting Coordinator Strategic Planning, on 9518 3229.

Draft Housing Strategy

Managing housing pressures

Council is proposing a new Housing Strategy to guide future residential development. Key aspects of the strategy include: directing residential growth to appropriate areas such as activity centres and main roads, planning for and accommodating moderate population growth through continued infill development, and respecting identified heritage precincts. Within the strategy, a draft Residential Framework identifies locations suitable for future redevelopment, limited redevelopment, or incremental change.

Monash Housing Strategy - 2014 - Consultation Draft (PDF, 1MB)

For more information on the current implementation of the Monash Housing Strategy, please see the following page from our strategic planning section:  Housing Strategy.

For the specific amendment to the overall Monash Planning Scheme, please see: Amendment C113.

Draft Land Use Strategy

Maximising local job opportunities

Council is proposing a new Industrial Land Use Strategy, after undertaking a review of all land which is currently zoned Industrial 1 or Commercial 2. The strategy recommends that the majority of this land retain its current zoning. By doing this, local job opportunities are maintained and businesses that operate from these locations can continue to service the needs of the local community. However, the strategy recommends some precincts be rezoned.

Industrial Land Use Strategy (PDF, 3MB)

Industrial Land Use Strategy - Background Report (PDF, 10MB)

Additional Clauses

Limiting impacts from licensed venues

Council is proposing to introduce a Licensed Premises Policy for the Glen Waverley and Oakleigh activity centres. The proposed policy would apply to all new applications for planning permits to operate licensed premises (such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke bars and restaurants). Currently some licensed venues in Glen Waverley and Oakleigh are open until 3am on some nights. Council is seeking community views on a proposal that all new licensed venues in these areas be required to close at 1am. The proposal is also that new licensed venues be limited to hosting a maximum of 150 patrons.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.11 – Licensed Premises Policy (PDF, 58KB)

Addressing problem gambling

Council is proposing to introduce a Gaming Policy into the Monash Planning Scheme. The aim of the policy is to minimise the risk of problem gambling increasing. Council would use the policy when assessing applications for planning permits from venues wanting to install poker machines. The proposed policy states that poker machines should not be located: where socio-economic disadvantage is high; within 400 metres walking distance of support/referral/welfare agencies that service vulnerable communities, or within 400 metres walking distance of social housing developments with 50 or more dwellings or where a cluster of social housing exceeds 50 dwellings.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.12 – Gaming Policy (PDF, 108KB)

Encouraging sustainability

Council is proposing to introduce an Environmentally Efficient Design Policy, which would encourage developers to demonstrate how best practice Environmentally Efficient Design has been achieved in their proposals. Council may then consider this information as part of its decision-making on planning permit applications.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.13 – Environmentally Efficient Design (PDF, 162KB)

Draft Housing Strategy

Managing housing pressures

Council is proposing a new Housing Strategy to guide future residential development. Key aspects of the strategy include: directing residential growth to appropriate areas such as activity centres and main roads, planning for and accommodating moderate population growth through continued infill development, and respecting identified heritage precincts. Within the strategy, a draft Residential Framework identifies locations suitable for future redevelopment, limited redevelopment, or incremental change.

Monash Housing Strategy - 2014 - Consultation Draft (PDF, 1MB)

For more information on the current implementation of the Monash Housing Strategy, please see the following page from our strategic planning section:  Housing Strategy.

For the specific amendment to the overall Monash Planning Scheme, please see: Amendment C113.

Draft Land Use Strategy

Maximising local job opportunities

Council is proposing a new Industrial Land Use Strategy, after undertaking a review of all land which is currently zoned Industrial 1 or Commercial 2. The strategy recommends that the majority of this land retain its current zoning. By doing this, local job opportunities are maintained and businesses that operate from these locations can continue to service the needs of the local community. However, the strategy recommends some precincts be rezoned.

Industrial Land Use Strategy (PDF, 3MB)

Industrial Land Use Strategy - Background Report (PDF, 10MB)

Additional Clauses

Limiting impacts from licensed venues

Council is proposing to introduce a Licensed Premises Policy for the Glen Waverley and Oakleigh activity centres. The proposed policy would apply to all new applications for planning permits to operate licensed premises (such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke bars and restaurants). Currently some licensed venues in Glen Waverley and Oakleigh are open until 3am on some nights. Council is seeking community views on a proposal that all new licensed venues in these areas be required to close at 1am. The proposal is also that new licensed venues be limited to hosting a maximum of 150 patrons.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.11 – Licensed Premises Policy (PDF, 58KB)

Addressing problem gambling

Council is proposing to introduce a Gaming Policy into the Monash Planning Scheme. The aim of the policy is to minimise the risk of problem gambling increasing. Council would use the policy when assessing applications for planning permits from venues wanting to install poker machines. The proposed policy states that poker machines should not be located: where socio-economic disadvantage is high; within 400 metres walking distance of support/referral/welfare agencies that service vulnerable communities, or within 400 metres walking distance of social housing developments with 50 or more dwellings or where a cluster of social housing exceeds 50 dwellings.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.12 – Gaming Policy (PDF, 108KB)

Encouraging sustainability

Council is proposing to introduce an Environmentally Efficient Design Policy, which would encourage developers to demonstrate how best practice Environmentally Efficient Design has been achieved in their proposals. Council may then consider this information as part of its decision-making on planning permit applications.

Amendment C113 - Clause 22.13 – Environmentally Efficient Design (PDF, 162KB)

Location

Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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