To All Councillors from BRAG re New Residential Zones
Although the government has issued several low key media releases and selectively informed MAV, planners, architects, developers, councils, etc. it has made no attempt to inform the general resident community of these New Residential Zones proposals, even though it will be the resident community who will be radically disadvantaged by the proposed changes.
However, BRAG and PLANNING BACKLASH , using their extensive communications network, have informed resident and community groups in Melbourne as well as country & coastal areas of the proposals and representatives have attended all the government’s information sessions.
Although there are many items of concern, these are the groups major concerns with the proposals:-
- Developments are exempt from notice & review if they meet ResCode standards. The groups say ResCode is not prescriptive and can be interpreted very broadly so this exemption is totally unacceptable.
- Third party rights to notice, objection and appeal are virtually removed, The groups say this is unacceptable.
- The minimum heights of four storey and three storey in the first two zones with no maximum height limitations are unacceptable.
The resident communities are well aware that if these proposals are approved they may well find a six or seven storey block of flats going up next door one day and they won’t be able to do a thing about it.
The community groups have written to the Minister of Planning demanding that the April 18 response date be deferred until all Victorian residents are properly informed and consulted about these proposals , including argument for & against, in an acceptable democratic manner. And we do not believe it should be Councils responsibility to do this, it is up to the government.
We urge you to do likewise.
Jack Roach President BRAG. 9882 2829.
(Edited by Stephen Digby - original submission Sunday, 6 April 2008, 07:44 PM)