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'Mini city' development at Alphington approved by Council
02 December 2015
Yarra City Council has unanimously approved the revised Development Plan for the 16.36 hectare site of the former Alphington Paper Mill subject to conditions including extra protections for the Yarra River frontage and the establishment of a community reference group.
The historic decision, taken after more than 18 months of community consultation and engagement, paves the way for the establishment of a new mini-suburb of up to 2500 homes catering for some 5000 residents, as well as commercial and retail spaces that will provide local employment. The site is owned by joint developers, Alphington Developments and Alpha Partners.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Roberto Colanzi, said the decision was significant in that it was the result of extensive input from the community and work by Council to ensure the development plan provided positive outcomes for the local community.
“Council has listened to our community and worked hard to ensure the development plan achieved significant outcomes such as 4.5 per cent open space and 1700 square metres for community facilities and a multi-purpose sports facility.
“The provision for the community reference group is an excellent next step and the 30 metre buffer zone protecting the Yarra River frontage is an important and well appreciated feature,” he said.
“Council has also ensured that road widths, heights and density are far improved from the original proposition and that there is an unconditional 5 per cent affordable housing element.”
A large gallery of Alphington residents at the meeting applauded when the final decision was made.
The decision came at the end of two rounds of formal community consultation, over 12 months, with a total of 365 written submissions and many verbal presentations to Council.
Council thanks all members of the community who have been so dedicated throughout this process, especially the Alphington Paper Mill Action Group, West Alphington Residents Group and the South Alphington and Fairfield Civic Association and everyone who attended meetings and made submissions.
View the full Council resolution: 4.2 - COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2 December 2015 (31.86 KB)
The motion to approve the revised Development Plan (with conditions) was moved by Langridge Ward Councillor Amanda Stone, view her statement here: Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan approval - Statement by Cr Amanda Stone (750.27 KB)
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