More clarity needed on Residential zones review

23 March 2016

Bayside City Council is seeking greater clarity around the purpose recommendations of the State Government’s current Residential Zones Review.

Bayside Mayor James Long BM JP said that any changes to our Residential Zones should work to reinforce the liveability of our communities while balancing the needs of our changing population.

“Council is pleased that the Residential Zones State of Play reports indicate that Bayside is appropriately accommodatinf forecasted population growth however we have significant concerns about the lack of clarity behind some of the Suggested Improvements,” Cr Long said.

“The information provided in the Residential Zones State of Play reports do not link with the list of Suggested Improvements.

“Furthermore some of the suggested improvements have the potential to undermine the Strategic Planning Framework that Council has developed to respond to the expectations of our community and this needs to be addressed.”

The Suggested Improvements for Neighbourhood Residential Zones which cover 82% of Bayside’s residential neighbourhoods seek to increase height, increase the maximum dwellings permitted on a lot, and remove mandatory height requirements.

“The Suggested Improvements made with this review do not demonstrate an understanding of the local conditions or neighbourhood character that is so important to our community,” Cr Long said.

“Given the short time frame in which the new zones have been operating it is Council’s position that it is too early to really examine their success.”

“With the report also indicating that Bayside is successfully accommodating forecasted growth we fail to comprehend how the report has resulted in a list of Suggested Improvements that are so strongly out of alignment with our community’s needs and expectations around residential density.

As part of its submission Council is advocating that the State Government pursue a much more extensive engagement process in relation to the review.

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