Planning Applications before Council Media Response

Questions and responses 

How many large building development proposals does council get (ie to go before a Council meeting)?

Generally speaking, the cost of development determines whether or not an application is referred to a Council meeting for a decision.  Specifically:

  • Applications with a cost of development in excess of $3 million (excluding development within the Industrial 1 or Special Use Zone).
  • Applications for development in the Special Use Zone (National Employment Cluster/Monash Technology Precinct) in excess of $20 million
  • Development within industrial zones in excess of $5 million.

From time to time, officers also report applications to a Council meeting for a decision where it is considered that the proposal is contentious in some way (I.e., brothels) or where an application seeks to amend a decision made by Council at a previous Council meeting.  The application for The Glen on the January 2018 agenda is a good example of this.

Lastly, at any time, a Councillor may call an application in to a Council meeting to be determined if they wish. 

Applications not reported to a Council meeting are decided by officers acting under delegation from Council. 

And how many of them would get approved?

From October 2017 to January 2018, 19 planning applications were tabled to Council Meetings for determination. Of the 19 applications determined, 11 applications were approved and 8 applications were refused.

Does council receive many proposals that do not have sufficient quality (do they have so many things wrong with them that they are far from being approved)?

 Many applications require further information for clarification or additional supporting information. When Council decides to support an application, conditions that may require changes to make the development better are often included.

What is the general standard of applications?

There’s a varying standard and quality but most applications require some form of additional information to be submitted, depending on what is proposed and the particular site in question.

Is it frustrating when applications have so many issues which do not meet council expectations?

Council has very clear policies and objectives providing guidance on how Monash can be developed. 

These policies are contained within the Monash Planning Scheme, except where Amendments to the Planning Scheme (e.g. C125) are adopted by Council but not yet approved by the Planning Minister.

As any person can make a planning application and Council must receive, consider and decide any kind of development,  yes it can be frustrating when the proposed development does not align with our clear policies but the process allows for the applicant to have any application they wish to propose assessed.

The planning process also involves notification of planning applications and invites comments and assessment of the application from the community. So what one person thinks is an acceptable proposed development in an area may not be considered acceptable by Council.

VCAT also plays a part in this by determining appeals lodged against planning decisions made by Council (officers and Councillors).

 

Issued: Friday, 2 February 2018.
To: Monash Leader.
Quoting: Mayor, Councillor Paul Klisaris