Why have you prepared this amendment?
Our planning scheme includes state and local planning policies which direct new housing and commercial growth to activity centres like Queens Parade so that we can meet our future demands for housing and employment.
What does the amendment do?
The amendment will help us manage the scale and form of the new buildings that are constructed as a result of this growth by introducing a planning control known as a Design and Development Overlay Schedule 16 (DDO16) into the Yarra Planning Scheme. DDO16 will guide the heights and setbacks of new development so that their scale and form responds to the heritage character of Queens Parade and the adjoining low scale residential areas. The overlay also includes heritage and design requirements aimed at achieving a high standard of design.
What else does the amendment do?
The amendment also proposes to:
- Rezone land on the corner of Smith Street and Queens Parade from Commercial 2 to Commercial 1 which allows for housing to be built
- Apply the Environment Audit Overlay to the land that is proposed for rezoning to manage potential land contamination issues, and
- Update the Heritage Overlay.
You can read the explanatory report for a more detailed explanation of what the amendment does.
What stage is the amendment at?
The amendment was considered by Council at its meeting on 19 December 2017.Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to put the amendment on public exhibition. Public exhibition of the amendment cannot begin until the Minister authorises it.
The relevant documents were sent to the Minister for Planning in January 2018 and we are waiting for authorisation.
You can read more about the amendment process, which explains the various steps involved.
What is an interim DDO and how is it different from a permanent DDO?
The key difference between the interim DDO and the permanent DDO is that interim controls have an expiry date. Interim controls are also introduced into the planning scheme by the Minister for Planning without public exhibition.
There is an interim DDO on part of Queens Parade, what about the rest of it?
In early 2017, we asked the Minister for Planning to introduce an interim DDO at the western end of Queens Parade. This DDO was approved by the Minister in March 2017. It is included in the planning scheme as DDO16. [Link to DDO16]. It expires on 30 March 2019.
We have asked the Minister for another interim DDO with a two year time limit for the remainder of Queens Parade. We requested this because the introduction of permanent controls can take a long time. Permanent controls require the public exhibition of a planning scheme amendment and often consideration by an independent planning panel appointed by the Minister.
How can I get more information?
You can read the documents which are listed below.
For assistance and more information about the amendment, please contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.