We need you at MALVERN TOWN HALL this Monday 7pm.

We're coming back to Malvern Town Hall to create the future.

We’re coming back to Malvern Town Hall to create the future.

This message is so important we have spent our remaining funds on a supply of UPPER CASE letters to maximise its impact.

We need you at MALVERN TOWN HALL this Monday 7pm.

STONNINGTON COUNCIL, AFTER A TWO WEEK POSTPONEMENT, WILL MAKE ITS FINAL DECISION THIS MONDAY ON PLANNING PANEL VICTORIA’S REPORT FOR 590 ORRONG ROAD. After a standing room-only crowd a fortnight ago, they have booked the main hall so come along and bring the neighbours.

THIS PROPOSAL WAS PREVIOUSLY CALLED AN URBAN DESIGN FRAMEWORK – IT IS NOW CALLED AMENDMENT C153.

THE PANEL’S REPORT WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT, FAILING TO RECOMMEND ANY MANDATORY HEIGHT LIMITS OR DENSITY LIMITS FOR THE SITE.

HOWEVER COUNCIL’S PROPOSAL FOR AN 8 STOREY HEIGHT LIMIT DOES NOT RESPOND TO THE COMMUNITY’S CONSISTENT REQUESTS FOR LOWER HEIGHTS AND DENSITY REFLECTING THE CHARACTER OF THE SURROUNDS.

WE REQUEST COUNCIL TO ABIDE BY ITS DECISION OF 21 NOVEMBER 2011 TO SEEK A MAXIMUM HEIGHT LIMIT OF 17 METRES AND A MAXIMUM DENSITY OF 250 UNITS.

WE HAVE MADE USE OF THE COUNCIL’S 14 DAY DEFERRAL OF DECISION TO STUDY ALL PROPOSALS AND HAVE FORWARDED OUR RESPONSE TO COUNCILLORS.

WE ASK COUNCILLORS TO ABIDE BY THEIR WELL-CONSIDED DECISION OF 21 NOVEMBER 2011 ARRIVED AT THROUGH MANY SUBMISSIONS AND MEETINGS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE REMAINED CONSISTENT IN SEEKING A LOW-TO-MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR 590. OUR REQUESTS REFLECT THE COMMUNITy’S REASONABLE VIEWS EXPRESSED CONSISTENTLY OVER 3 YEARS. WHAT HAS THE COMMUNITY REGULARLY ASKED FOR?

HEIGHT LEVELS – LIMIT OF 17 METRES IN LINE WITH THE EXISTING BUILDING ON THE SITE.  THIS IS IN PROPORTION TO THE LOW LEVEL SURROUNDS.  IT IS IN LINE WITH THE DEFINITION OF MEDIUM DENSITY.

DENSITY – MAXIMUM OF 250 UNITS IE 100 UNITS PER HECTARE (SITE IS 2.5 HECTARES). WELL DOCUMENTED AS MEDIUM DENSITY.

SITE COVERAGE– NO MORE THAN 50%- THIS SHOULD ALLOW FOR A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF OPEN SPACE.

SETBACKS FROM BORDERS – MINIMUM SETBACKS OF 6 METRES AROUND THE WHOLE SITE. WE FEEL 6 METRES IS JUST ACCEPTABLE AND THE MINIMUM THE COMMUNITY WILL ACCEPT.

HERITAGE AREAS – WE HAVE ASKED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE ABBUTING HERITAGE TOORAK STATION & BEATTY AVENUE AND THE HERITAGE RESIDENTIAL AREAS TO THE EAST.

ALTHOUGH COUNCIL IS FOLLOWING A MINISTERIAL DIRECTION TO MAKE A DECISION WITHIN 40 WORKING DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE PANEL REPORT THERE IS PROVISION TO SEEK AN EXTENSION OF TIME.

WE FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO RUSH THIS AMENDMENT – IT IS TOO IMPORTANT.  AS COUNCILLOR SEHR SAID ON 4 FEBRUARY “ WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SITE AT 590 ORRONG ROAD WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF ARMADALE FOR EVER  SO WE MUST GET IT RIGHT.”

WE NEED YOU TO COME TO THE MEETING NEXT MONDAY NIGHT 18 FEBRUARY AT 7PM THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE MAIN HALL SO THE COUNCIL IS EXPECTING A BIG CROWD. LET US FILL THE SPACE WITH VOTERS. THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO ACHIEVE PROTECTION FOR 590 ORRONG ROAD.

Council has been brave to challenge VCAT’s decision in the Supreme Court this April. Not every Council takes on the Big V. We appreciate this and hope to see similar courage now.

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