Council calls for tower applications to be rejected in Fishermans Bend

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Six planning applications for Fishermans Bend should be rejected as they exceed current height guidelines, Port Phillip Council recommended last month.

Councillors also unanimously agreed that a seventh application (199-201 Normanby Road) should only be revisited if traffic/parking and urban design issues were resolved.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy is expected to soon decide whether to grant the applications for the seven proposed towers in the Montague Precinct of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA). While Council can advise the Minister, its views are not binding.

Minister Guy is expected to determine these applications around the same time as the imminent release of the State Government’s Strategic Framework Plan for FBURA, which supersedes the Draft Vision released in September.

As the final content of the SFP is unknown, Council considered the seven applications against the Draft Vision and hopes its comments will be considered as part of the Minister’s evaluation process.

Cr Stevens said Council remained firmly committed to its “top 10” non-negotiable success factors for Fishermans Bend – Australia’s largest urban renewal project which is expected to become home to at least 80,000 residents and 40,000 workers.

“Council will hold this and future Governments to account for the high aspirations we have for Fishermans Bend. We want this to be a liveable, lively place where our community will have access right from the beginning to schools, open space and job-creating public transport,” she said.

“We are very serious about making sure we have the best practice urban renewal in the world and have put considerable resources towards that goal.”

Council’s “top ten” non-negotiable success factors for Fishermans Bend are:

1: A Fantastic Public Domain.

Vibrant living streets, quality open space, active building frontages with a human scale. A distinctive place with character and soul.

2: Sustainability Goals & Target

Delivering ‘best practice’ environmentally sustainable urban development.

3: Affordable Housing Targets

Development incentives (DCP exemption) to deliver community diversity.

4: Our Heritage

Protection of our wonderful heritage buildings and artefacts.

5: New Commercial Development and Jobs

Planning incentives to encourage new commercial development and jobs located close to the proposed metro station and key tram stops, with a focus on retaining and growing our creative industries.

6: Sensitive Interfaces

Height limits around sensitive residential interfaces, key public open spaces and special character areas.

7: Quality Design

A focus on high quality design built-form outcomes with the establishment of a design review panel, comprising the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, City of Port Phillip and City of Melbourne, to assess all applications against the Fishermans Bend Design Guidelines.

8: City of Port Phillip is the Responsible Authority

Responsible Authority status for the City of Port Phillip for all developments up to 25,000 square metres.

9: Development Contributions

Signed DCP Agreements to pay for all community infrastructure and open space.

10: Funded Infrastructure Commitments

  • Funded Infrastructure Commitments for the early roll-out of essential community facilities, open space and public transport services over the next five years (2014-2018)
  • A new park in Montague
  • Education, community and health facilities in Montague
  • A dedicated separated strategic cycling corridor – Bay Street to Southern Cross station via Buckhurst Street
  • A new park in Sandridge
  • The Collins Street tram extended from Docklands into a civic spine in Plummer Street – a new central city boulevard for Melbourne.
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