Media Releases 2011

Report is in on Channel 9

20 October 2011

Channel 9, RichmondAn independent planning panel and advisory committee set up to review the proposed 550-dwelling development of Richmond's Channel 9 site has recommended the development be approved.

Mayor Alison Clarke said the joint panel/committee had also recommended increased setbacks to some buildings and changes in some parking and traffic arrangements.

Cr Clarke said Council was expected to formally consider the panel’s report at its December 2011 Council meeting. At that time, Council is expected to decide whether to approve both an amendment to the local planning scheme which would facilitate the development and the proposed development, with or without changes to the original proposal.

“We’re not bound to accept the panel’s recommendations but we will consider its assessment as part of our decision-making,” Cr Clarke said.

She said Council had asked for the establishment of the panel and committee after it received more than 100 community submissions about Lend Lease’s proposed redevelopment of the three hectare site. The submissions raised concerns about several matters including the proposed building height, traffic and parking. Under the draft development plan, two to three level townhouses are proposed around the edge of the site and taller apartments of four to eight storeys towards the centre of the site.

The panel found the proposed rezoning of the site from industrial to mixed use was supported strongly by State and Local planning policies aimed at accommodating Melbourne’s growing population. It concluded that the proposed development met, or had the potential to meet, Council’s criteria for allowing developments above five-six storeys on strategic redevelopment sites. These criteria include that a proposal displays architectural design excellence, involves  affordable housing and embodies best practice environmental sustainability.

However, the panel recommended an increase in the upper level setbacks of the buildings on the north side of the new laneway west of Moore Street.

Cr Clarke said the panel did not provide comment on Council’s design principles for the site, which were developed with the local community in 2008 and provide for a maximum height of five storeys.

Alongside the call for greater setbacks, the panel recommended other changes including widening Khartoum Street to provide enough room for two-way traffic and kerbside parking.

Here is the panel/advisory committee's report in two different formats:

  docx format Independent Planning Panel and Advisory Committee Report - Channel 9 (423.76kB)
  pdf format Independent Planning Panel and Advisory Committee Report - Channel 9 (713.85kB)

Here is more information on the proposed redevelopment. 

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