The Andrew’s State Government has initiated a ministerial review of the Local Government Act and the City of Melbourne Act. The review is due to report next year and changes will not be implemented prior to teh October 2016 election.
The MSYRG believes that there is an urgent need to implement changes to the Act before the next municipal elections
The Andrews Victorian government has commenced a review of the residential zoning law introduced by the previous Liberal government.
The existing law introduced by Mathew Guy, and in particular the new Neighbourhood Residential Zone with its mandatory height limits, provides us for the first time a solid basis for preventing inappropriate development in our heritage areas.
It is essential that the certainty afforded in the Guy review is not lost or watered down by the new review.
Date: Monday 1 FEBRUARY
Time: 6.00 PM
Location: SOUTH YARRA PRIMARY SCHOOL
The attached letter from David Davis MP provides details of this meeting to which all residents and interested persons are invited.
This is not a political meeting but one organised by the PUNT ROAD ACTION GROUP/DROP PUNT which is opposed to the proposed widening of Punt Road.
The Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group Inc. also opposes the widening.
To learn more, add your views or support the action group you should attend this meeting.
The meeting with the Planning Minister on 2 July was a worthwhile introduction and example of the contribution that can be made when the inner city resident groups speak as one on important issues.
Enclosed is our report of that meeting.
It will be followed up with a letter of thanks and requesting that the view of residents as well as councils be sought on the rezoning changes made by Guy Matthews.
We must continue working together exchanging information and promoting issues that are important to all of us.
Clem will be available to speak to residents this Saturday June 21,2014 at 11.30am on the corner of Domain and Park streets
Clem Newton-Brown MP
Member for Prahran
At the City of Melbourne (COM) council meeting on 3 June more than 100 ratepayers (including MSYG members) attended to complain that they had not been given an opportunity to consider and discuss the final report by the Council planning department for the rezoning of the residential areas (including South Yarra) provided for under recent state government legislation.
This was a particularly important meeting because of the imminent introduction of new residential planning classifications. The MSYRG and many residents had advised the COM that the Neighbourhood Residential Zone (NRZ) classification, a classification that provides the strictest protection against inappropriate development and building, is the only appropriate classification for many areas within our suburb of South Yarra. Areas where heritage and neighbourhood character are important features warrant the protection afforded by the new controls in an NRZ zone.
Council was slow to take up the opportunity and failed to include NRZ in a number of obvious South Yarra streets either because they failed to understand the purpose of the legislation, applied the legislation incorrectly or made mistakes due to running short of time to make an adequate and thorough assessment.
There was an admission at the meeting that Council officers ran short of time to adequately conduct a thorough consultation process with the community due to pressure to conduct and finalise other work within the COM (East-West tunnel related activities).
The MSYRG and other resident Groups within the COM felt that it was a very disappointing consultation process to say the least.
However, we are continuing to prosecute our strong belief that a NRZ classification is largely correct for important areas of South Yarra and preparing submissions to the government committee that will have the final say.