MANNINGHAM COUNCIL are currently requesting feedback regarding amendments to the Council’s planning scheme, the amendment is more commonly known as C117.
The amendment to the planning scheme is focused on land in the Rural Conservation Zone (RCZ) which is located predominantly in the Green Wedge.
The RCZ comprises of the undeveloped/rural areas around Warrandyte, South Warrandyte and Wonga Park and extends south to the borders of Donvale and Park Orchards.
Its northern border follows the Yarra River.
Given recent development projects within the Green Wedge have been fought by community groups on both sides of the river and that two of these projects; 2 Pigeon Bank Road and Brumbys Road Development have been “lost” by the developer at VCAT, some would say there is an unwanted culture of development growing within the Green Wedge and any amendments to planning schemes to aid planning applications is bad.
Doug Seymour of the Warrandyte Community Association has already indicated to the Diary that the group are putting together a submission against the proposed amendment.
Jill Colson, Executive manager, People and Governance, spoke to the Diary to clarify what C117 is and how it will impact the RCZ.
“As a Council, our role is to balance competing interests between land use for rural residential living against economic opportunities and employment.
“Known as Amendment C117, these proposed changes include providing an overarching guide on appropriate types of land use and development for the area.
“It also looks at changing an existing local policy relating to outbuildings (such as sheds) and built-form (such as size, scale and location) as well as providing more guidance for non-residential land use in the Rural Conservation Zone.
“At the same time Council is considering a new set of criteria to guide its assessment for changes to the Planning Scheme.
“This would allow consideration of currently prohibited uses where they might be consistent with overall objectives for the area.
“Examples of currently prohibited uses include cellar doors, boutique breweries, farm gates and produce stores, as well as event and function centres,” she said.
Submissions for C117 close on Monday April 16.
The amendment can be viewed online on the Manningham YourSay website, at Manningham City Council or at Warrandyte Library.
If you would like to have your voice heard regarding this amendment, you have until Monday to do so.
The Diary will continue to monitor Amendment C117’s progress and will have an update in coming editions.