** News Updates with Links **
26-56 Queens Parade
Gurner’s fourth complete set of revised plans for 26-25 Queens Parade has been received by council.
The link to the March 2018 Plans on the council webpage for 26-56 Queens Parade
A goggle short link to a copy of latest plans on Google Drive, in case the City of Yarra page has issues.
A link to the VCAT Decision which rejects the development unless a number of changes are made is next. The list of required changes is on pages 44-46, from paragraph 207 onwards.
Former Gasworks Redevelopment
The former Fitzroy Gasworks is the largest development site in Fitzroy North/Clifton Hill, and represents the last opportunity to introduce major new infrastructure and amenity for our community.
The Gasworks development, on its own, will increase the population of North Fitzroy by 14%, (Needs Analysis).
The development has a fixed number of car-parks as the whole site will have a basement of soil dug out to remove contaminants. This basement will provide car-parks. On the published estimate, the site will only have 769 car spaces of a statutory minimum of around 1900 car spaces. This is more than a 60% reduction.
A more than 60% reduction in car-park provision requires the very comprehensive and thoughtful approach to how people are going to get to and from this site safely - especially at peak times.
At the same time this development will be increasing the North Fitzroy population by 14%, a 250 apartment complex to the west (26-56 Queens Pde), and over 500 apartments in a cluster to the east (Queens Pde North), using the same public transport services, and roads, will come on-line.
The State Government’s proposed plans for the site can be viewed from February 26.
The link to the directory containing all the documents is :
The key document is the Proposed Design Plan Overlay. It sets the rules (controls) for what can and what cannot be built in the site. The direct link to the proposed the Gasworks DPO 16 is :
This documents sets the rules, in the state planning scheme, for the site. Where a sentence says "mandatory" or "must", it is a rule which "must" be met by the purchasing developer. If a sentence says "should" or "encourage", developers lawyers argue it is not "mandatory" so does not apply, at VCAT.
My understanding is in legalese where you read "should" in a planning scheme, it translates to "should but does not have to".
Based on the stated planning objectives and community feedback the DPO needs _mandatory_ requirements for :
+ the objectives (including heights, open space and traffic flows) of the approved North Fitzroy Gasworks UDF to be implemented in the DPO.
+ at least 15% non-street public open space
+ affordable housing of at least 10% in all residential buildings - with no hand back date.
+ significant social housing in at least one building, ideally more.
+ exemplar environmental standards of at least 70%
+ well thought out, activated, retail and commercial space
+ more than the minimum statutory bicycle allocation - especially given the massive car-parking waivers.
The North Fitzroy Gasworks Precinct Urban Design Framework 2008 referred to in the draft DPO is linked here :
There is Community Needs Analysis Report. The Link is here :
There is more background information in the development Victoria Gasworks Design Report.
This is a vision document, including discussion of Development Victoria's proposed street layout and an artistic impression of what buildings may be built. The purchasing developers will decide what will be built, in line with any mandatory controls in the approved DPO 16.
Timeline for the public consultation process is as follows:
Public Exhibition: 26 February – 6 April 2018 (6 weeks)
15 March 6:30-7:30pm
Melbourne Metropole Central 44 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Public Hearings: 23 April – 4 May 2018
Advisory Committee report due: end May 2018
Ministers decision: June 2018
YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY
Contribute to the City Of Yarra's Report : Michael.Ballock@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Contribute directly to the State Govt : https://engage.vic.gov.au/glsac/t17
Make a submission to the Council Meeting : 20th March 2018* 7pm Collingwood Town Hall (*may change)
Protect Fitzroy North will be making a group submission, and will attending both the information session and council meeting, so if you have particular point your would like raised feel free to send us an email. If you would like to be be part of formulating and reviewing the PFN submission/s - more help is always welcome.
Works Commencing March 5th - Information Sessions Scheduled
Email Update from Melbourne Water on the M41 Pipeline Page (link above)
Official Melbourne Water Page https://yoursay.melbournewater.com.au/m41
The current design scheme is predicated on Piedimonte’s buying a large section of one of our suburb’s historic bluestone laneways from the City of Yarra, and closing it: permanently.
Our friends in Egremont Street have initiated a petition to protest the acquisition. You can sign it either at Dench Café, 109 Scotchmer Street or Wild Things Food, 228-230 St Georges Road.
Also, if you are yet to lodge your objection to the development, good news—as council is yet to make its decision, you can still object online - see the Piedemontes Page in the menu above.
Transdev/PTV Toxic SprayBooth
No decision by council as yet.
"Why are you doing this ?"
Our friends on Rae Street have been busy actively pursuing FOI requests on communications between PTV and Transdev on this question and are making progress.
** Piedimontes Update **
520 Objections !!
Wow over 500 objections is a mighty statement on the proposed plans from the community.
As of February 1st there is no date for the council officers recommendation to approve or reject the plans so objections are in principle still open.
Permit number: PLN17/068
The Piedimonte's Page has notes on objecting to the current plans, as well as the council process to acquire the laneway beside the current loading bay.
** Piedimonte's Planning Application **
Permit number: PLN17/0618
Objections still open - when I last checked :-)
THE CITY OF YARRA HAVE BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING THE DECISION WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEW YEAR. IN THAT CASE FOLKS HAVE UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF THE YEAR TO OBJECT.
Want to go straight to the example objections prepared by the Piedimontes resident group - Orange button above.
For more information go to the Piemonte's Page - Orange button above or the Piedimontes tab in the menu.
The Piedimonte family stated they are entirely open to working with the community, and the community has a heartfelt attachment to the North Fitzroy Village and the Piedimonte's shopping experience.
Protect Fitzroy North is very hopeful the expansion can be re-imagined to keep what the community loves about Piedimontes, the neighbouring residents amenity is respected, while the supermarket business has a solid platform to thrive for many years to come.
On the table is the application submitted to council, so the community has the opportunity to identify flaws and make suggestions for improvements by putting in an objection. Residents who put in objections will be invited to the application consultation meeting, and will be officially notified on the progress of the application throughout the planning process.
It is an understatement to say the community is not impressed by the current design.
the incompatible mix of architectural styles - it's like a three level wedding cake, with each layer designed by people who hate the people designing the other layers. There's no coherent story in the design.
Every local I know supports the integration of affordable housing in well planned, sustainable developments. We also love the eclectic character of our suburb, embrace diversity, and celebrate heritage.
Unfortunately Piedimonte's proposed development is yet another oversized inappropriate monolith that in no way reflects the uniqueness of this heritage neighbourhood.
Looking at the image of the new Piedimonte's makes me so sad. A mega-mart has landed on top of our lovely North Fitzroy Village and squashed it. Its life, its soul, its quirkyness are just gone.
Gasworks Redevelopment - Community feedback
Gasworks Development Community Survey : Now Closed
Protect Fitzroy North is following up with Development Victoria in the New Year.
If you would like to directly input to Development Victoria, a link to their engagement hub is a little bit further down the page. If you have input you would like to make to PFN our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS
The Lord Newry Hotel 243 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy http://www.lordnewryhotel.com.au/
North Fitzroy Arms Hotel 296 Rae St, Fitzroy North http://www.northfitzroyarms.com.au/