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Frankston City Council, like many Councils have been undergoing an amendment process to introduce the new residential zones into their planning scheme. As part of that process a Panel Hearing was held earlier in the year and the Panel report with recommendations has just been released. The Panel found that there were several fundamental flaws in the amendment. They recommended that this amendment be abandoned and that the General Residential Zone without a schedule be applied in the interim. The Panel provided a number of things to be reviewed and justified for any future amendment. Frankston Council have released the report to the public and are inviting submissions until the 1st of July 2014.  Details regarding the report and making submissions can be found here.

One issue discussed in the Panel report was the appropriateness of the proposed zones in some areas.  The basis of many of the submissions, and therefore of consideration to the Panel was whether the proposed restrictive Neighbourhood Residential Zone was appropriate. The Panel consider that the use of this zone had not been justified sufficiently and that the criteria used to make decisions on the zone have not been appropriate in all instances. In particular they were not supportive of using this zone simply because of single dwelling covenants or stormwater management issues in the area.

Strategic Planning

I went to a networking event recently and one of the topics that was discussed was around imitation in a business sense, whether it is of a new idea or product that we have created. There are many ways that the development industry can be impacted...

How long? There is now less than 6 months until the new residential zones will replace the existing zones.  The new zones could potentially reduce the allowable height and number of dwellings permissible on a lot, which may affect projects that you have in the pipeline. ...

This is a handy guide to understanding the sometimes lengthy process to getting town planning approval for your project.  We believe the key to a successful and speedy outcome is in the planning or Pre-Application phase.  While we can’t change the regulated steps an application...

So, you have seen an advertisement on a neighbouring property about a proposed development - what next? The Development First, you need to see the plans. You may have to go to the council office or you may be able to view something online.  Contact the council...