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Have your say on Alphington’s future
02 March 2015
Council is urging the community to have its say on a development plan that would transform the former Amcor paper mill site in Alphington into a mini-suburb for thousands of new residents.
The community will have 28 days to review the plan and make submissions. The last day for submissions is Monday 30 March.
Yarra Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis said the consultation provides a critical opportunity for people to express their views about one of the biggest proposed urban renewal projects in Yarra’s history.
“The opportunity to see what’s proposed for the Amcor site has been highly-anticipated by members of our community who for many years have shown a keen interest in its future,” Cr Vlahogiannis said.
“The development plan, submitted to Council by developers Alpha Partners and Glenvill, proposes to divide the 16.5-hectare riverside site into seven residential and commercial precincts that would house over 4800 residents,” he said.
“This is an important opportunity for people to provide feedback on what the development plan is proposing. Community feedback will play a vital role in informing Council’s formal view of the plan.”
Council will host a community information session on 12 March at Fitzroy Town Hall to provide further information about the development plan and the consultation process. The session will also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of Council and the developers.
Cr Vlahogiannis said Council will assess the development plan against the requirements of a Development Plan Overlay (DPO) for the site. The DPO was approved by the Minister for Planning in 2013 and sets the parameters for development of the site.
“The DPO provides guidelines for how the site can be developed, including maximum and preferred building heights and protections for the Yarra River and the surrounding natural environment,” Cr Vlahogiannis said.
“Appropriately protecting the Yarra River is certainly a priority for Council. So too is ensuring that the variety of housing, community facilities and traffic and transport arrangements the development plan proposes meet the needs of current and future residents,” he said.
“Council is not expected to make its final recommendations on the development plan until the middle of this year but before we do that we will consider the input provided by our community.
“If the development plan is approved by Council, the developers would then submit separate planning applications to Council for the various stages of the development.
“These planning applications however will not be open for public input. The special process that applies to a Development Plan Overlay does not allow for public input at that point.
“For this reason, it is critical that people in our community have their say before Council makes its final decision and so the consultation period ending on 30 March is the best opportunity to do just that.
“What eventually happens at the Amcor site is going to transform that part of our municipality and that’s why our community needs to be involved in shaping its future.”
HAVE YOUR SAY
The period for community feedback is from Monday 2 March to Monday 30 March 2015.
Details about the community feedback process, including community information sessions, can be found on Council’s website.
To read the proposed development plan for the former Amcor site, visit www.alphingtonpapermill.com.au
You can also read hard copy versions of the plans at a number of Council customer service centres and libraries. Find the one nearest to you.
For more information about the Amcor site contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on 9205 5473.
For updates from the developers Alpha Partners and Glenvill, visit www.alphingtonpapermill.com.au
For media enquiries, please contact Council’s Communications Unit on 9205 5042.
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