Amendment C113

Under this Amendment, three new local policies (Licensed Premises, Gaming and Environmentally Sustainable Development) were inserted into the Monash Planning Scheme.

This Amendment - which applies to all land within the City of Monash - was introduced into the planning scheme in 2016.

Enquiries: Council's Strategic Planning team on 9518 3555.

Background

The reasons for the Amendment were:

Licensed Premises Policy

Licensed premises add to the vibrancy and character of a neighbourhood. However they have the potential to have a detrimental impact on the amenity of the surrounding neighbourhood, as alcohol related harm and other antisocial behaviour is more likely to occur within or in close proximity to a licensed venue.

In order to minimise adverse impacts of licensed premises in the Oakleigh and Glen Waverley activity centres, Council proposes to introduce a licensed premises policy into the Monash Planning Scheme.

Gaming Policy

Council recognises that gaming is a legitimate business and recreational activity. However there is significant research that demonstrates that it can lead to significant negative social and economic community impacts.

Monash has 990 electronic gaming machines; this is the second highest number of machines in any municipality in Victoria. The level of expenditure on electronic gaming machines in Monash also exceeds the averages in Melbourne and Victoria. The existing electronic gaming machines are unevenly distributed across Monash, with a higher concentration located in the disadvantaged areas in the City. Approximately 70% of the expenditure of electronic gaming machines in Monash occurs in suburbs which have a higher concentration of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The intention of the Policy is to ensure that the location, design and operation of venues with electronic gaming machines occurs in a way that minimises harm to the community

Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy

Monash City Council is committed to making the City a more sustainable place to live and work. Critical to achieving this is ensuring that new development meets appropriate environmental design standards. The Environmentally Sustainable Design Policy is required to strengthen Council’s ability to consider environmentally sustainable design measures when assessing planning permit applications for development.

The Policy provides objectives and application requirements to guide the achievement of best practice environmentally sustainable development. The Policy requires that development meets the objectives in relation to:

  • Energy efficiency;
  • Water resources;
  • Indoor environment quality;
  • Stormwater management;
  • Transport;
  • Waste management
  • Innovation; and
  • Urban ecology.

The planning application stage of the development cycle is an appropriate stage to apply environmentally sustainable design principles and requirements. This will ensure that environmental sustainability is considered early in the building design stage, resulting in integrated design outcomes and cost efficiency.

Sustainable design should not be left to the building approvals stage of development because important decisions will already have been made in the planning approval stage. Application of environmentally sustainable design principles and design techniques within the Building Council of Australia (BCA) is limited to the energy efficiency of new buildings.

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Last updated: 23 June 2019