Gasworks Redevelopment - Community feedback
Gasworks Development Community Survey :
Please consider giving you opinion in the new Development Victoria community survey on your priorities for the redevelopment of the Gasworks site by this Friday December 8th.
The gasworks is the 4 hectare site bordered by Queens Parade, Smith Street, Alexander Parade and George Street. It is opposite the park beside the pool. It is a huge site. The biggest in North Fitzroy/Clifton Hill.
The current Development Victoria concept plans :
+ Include a cluster of 14 storey apartment towers with and estimated 1100 apartments.
+ do not include a primary school, or retain enough public land to build one in the future.
The Development Victoria Gasworks survey link :
The Development Victoria Gasworks information webpage link :
What is the point of answering the survey ?
Having input may not stop the parts you don't like, but it does give support to the parts you do like.
The survey is not a long one. It mostly asks you to rate the importance of different types of public infrastructure, primary school, child care, public art, open space, etc
In the first community survey in 2016 public open space was the communities highest priority. The plans have increased the open space to between 15% and 40% depending on what you measure.
The Queens Parade DDO is going before the council meeting on the 19th December at the Fitzroy Town Hall. It will hopefully include controls and guidance on the preferred built form for the Mixed Use sections.
Development Victoria said there would be social, affordable housing and other community infrastructure included.
Sat 25th - Ward Meeting - Level 2 - New Library
Fabulous turn out of residents at very short notice to the Ward Meeting at the new library.
The new library name was living up to its name as our ward Councillors explained Bargoonga Nganjin means ‘Gather Everybody’ in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri people, as part of opening the meeting.
The hot topic was planning and the Piedimonte's proposal.
Sam and Joe Piedimonte spoke of their family's journey with the community for over 50 years
The community members expressed how much they loved shopping at their supermarket, and how devastated they would be to loose the local village shopping experience.
The residents, including many local architects, expressed very strong reservations about key aspects of the design, in detail.
Sam, Joe and the expert residents started a dialogue on how the expansion could be re-imagined to still keep what the community loves about Piedimontes and the North Fitzroy village, the neighbouring residents amenity is respected, while ensuring the supermarket business has a solid platform to thrive for many years to come.
Jackie Fristacky asked for a big thank-you to be passed on to all the community who attended, and an extra thank-you to all those who helped with the set up, then stayed and put the room back to is normal layout.
** VCAT - Interim Decision - April **
VCAT has agreed to the developer's time frame to submit new plans - They are now due 28th February.
The council and the residents will get 4 weeks to review the new plans with accompanying list of changes.
VCAT may schedule a short hearing to allow parties to be heard - only on the changes - in early April
My 2c says this will happen because the mandated design changes are significant.
Apologies for the formal wording in this news entry - but the VCAT case is not yet decided.
VCAT have handed down a decision - but an interim decision rather than a final decision.
This means that in the judgement of the VCAT members :
There are significant issues with the developer's plans presented at the VCAT hearing that can't be addressed through permit conditions.
.. but ..
Those issues are not so great as to require a complete transformation in order to reach an acceptable outcome.
Therefore the applicant - Gurner(tm) is invited to submit a further set of plans, addressing the issues identified by VCAT.
Gurner(tm) has elected to submit revised plans by the end of February, the time for parties to VCAT ( residents and council), to review those plans has not been announced.
The further hearing on the compliance of revised plans to the VCAT interim order has not been scheduled.
If the developer's plans meet the letter of the requested design changes - but as a whole still do not constitute an acceptable outcome - the plans can stillbe refused by VCAT.
The VCAT interim decision is nearly 50 pages long.
Click on the Link To VCAT Decision button below to see the full decision text.
Gurner(tm) have until the 13th November to notify the Tribunal they will prepare amended plans in accordance with
the changes in the order, along with the date the plans will be ready.
We'll have more to say as the story continues to unfold
The following extract is paragraph 17 titled Main Finding in the Interim Decision.
Our main finding is that although the scheme supports a substantial
development of the main site and a small but relatively intense development
of the rear site, the plans for each site are not a satisfactory response to the
relevant provisions of the scheme. Changes to the design response for both
sites are necessary. We are unable to frame appropriate conditions for a
permit for either site because of the nature of the changes. We
acknowledge the validity of the underlying design thesis and we are
therefore prepared to give the applicant an opportunity to prepare further
amendments to the plans for both sites.
Extra big thank-you to Chris Sanders and Marion Marshall
Chris Sanders of Zen Folio photography http://christophersanders.zenfolio.com/, produced a range of brilliant pictures on a tight deadline to illustrate our case.
Marion Marshall, of Marion Marshall Studios http://www.marionmarshallstudios.com.au/, curated our wonderful book of images, referenced by the Protect Fitzroy North presenters.
Both Chris and Marion stepped up to produce just what was needed, to a really tight deadline, without any fuss at all, so thank-you for adding such a professional finish to our presentations.
The Panel acknowledged the strong community presence across the full 10 days of the completed hearing.
We are not expecting for a decision to be handed down before the end of October.
A Massive Thank-You to all who attended.
OUR COUNCIL HAS PRESENTED BRILLIANTLY
Our Resident presentations all went VERY weLL
Submissions were presented to the panel on Parking, Traffic, Planning, Heritage, Amenity, Neighbourhood Character, Net Community Benefit and Urban Design.
Here is a small sample of the 23 page Submission prepared and presented by the Neighbourhood Character Think Tank
The lack of empathy of the development proposal for the existing or preferred neighbourhood character demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of, and a lack of empathy for, the existing community in North Fitzroy.
It is an outward-facing neighbourhood, with a genuine and strong sense of openness and community that has a long history of banding together.
The residents of North Fitzroy generally enjoy small private open spaces, but are afforded the luxury of large, accommodating and welcoming public open spaces and it is in those public open spaces that locals relax, walk their dogs or congregate with their friends in the neighbourhood and visitors from all over Melbourne.
North Fitzroy is a neighbourhood rich in human interaction that has a true spirit of place, where a diverse range of people come together to engage in all manner of activities.
The design of the development is inherently inwards looking.
In particular, the townhouses around parts of the boundary of the site open inwards rather than onto the street.
This is in sharp contrast to the neighbourhood more generally, where houses have small front yards and generally present an open face to others who live in and visit the area.
We query where the opportunities are for residents of this development to interact “by chance” with their community, in the context of a design that offers little in the way of interaction with the wider community.
Other than a small section of the Queens Parade edge of the development, close to the commercial premises, it is closed to all but those who live there, and will present a blank face to the broader community in which it sits.
When our community stANDS as one we Are mighty
New Plans - New Architect - Same Problem
** STILL TOO BIG ** Our Councillors agree **
Newsflash from IDAC - Yarra councillors unanimously to_reject_ the revised plans for 26-56 Queens Parade.
A Massive Thank-you to each and every one who made the treck to Richmond Town Hall.
It was a marathon sitting, and the developer was there to see the communities commitment in person.
Yarra council to stand shoulder to shoulder with residents at VCAT. It's worth noting and commending the amazing focus the Yarra councillors have given appropriate development of this precinct - a series of council actions and votes have occurred to get us to this point and at every single one the councillors have supported and worked hard for their community.
Thanks particularly to Councillors Misha Coleman, Danae Bosler and Daniel Nguyen for officiating at a particularly challenging IDAC meeting.
Councillors, council officers and residents alike all had the stresses of shortened timeframes to meet the VCAT schedule. On the upside, there is now sufficient time between now and VCAT for Yarra to prepare an effective case.
Community concern has been been expressed in the heartfelt efforts of over 470 objectors.
Over 98 paid up personally to stand before VCAT in support of retaining neighbourhood character and amenity.
The picture below is the South Elevation from the plans supplied to VCAT. A red line is added to highlight the outline of the whole building proposed, as only the front section of three of the towers has been drawn in with any detail.
The link to the VCAT Substituted Plans July 2017 are on the council website, link is below.
When our community stands as one we are Mighty
Vegas comes to Collingwood ?
VCAT Statement of Grounds now officially closed.
The folks at Your Collingwood would like to thank all who submitted Statement of Grounds.
The local group YourCollingwood.org.au can be contacted via their website http://yourcollingwood.org.au/ or directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information, have questions or would like to be part of their efforts.
The people at VCAT (www.vcat.vic.gov.au) are happy to answer questions during business hours 1300 01 8228.
The City of Yarra webpage for the application contains downloadable copies of all the supplied documentation.
Hint : If you get a "Failed" when you try and download from the City Of Yarra website, exit your web browser completely, open a new web browser window and try again. With luck you will get 2 or three documents to download before it fails again. It is a bit of a pain, but you will get there eventually.
Why are we fighting this again ?
In 2003, an independent panel of top planning experts from Panels Victoria, thoroughly reviewed a development application on this site, and approved the 172 apartment, 5 storey solution submitted by the owner.
Now after 13 years of doing nothing the same owner is back, with a new developer, and a new totally inappropriate application.
Why do reasonable residents who have been through it once, have to go through it again?
Put yourself in our position, think of the hassle of the first time around, think why is it on again ?
Why, because the fight is worth having, because Fitzroy North is worth protecting.
Our Facebook group is Protect Fitzroy North, our Twitter feed is @ProtectFitzNth #TooBig2ignore
Our Contact Page is a click away in the Menu above, it sends your message to email@example.com
Our Postal Address is Protect Fitzroy North Inc.
PO Box 1076, Fitzroy North, Vic 3068.
Videos of the speakers at our Public Meeting, including Professor Michael Buxton, are on our youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCbwtdjdEHRAGIGM9C3omAw
A response to some ill informed comment in The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, and various developement industry media is in Response To Opinion under the In The News page in the menu above
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