New height controls for St Kilda Junction

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Interim mandatory height controls will be applied to all new developments in St Kilda Junction if the Minister for Planning approves Council’s application for an amendment to the current planning scheme.

Currently, the St Kilda Road South precinct (broadly described as south of St Kilda Junction to Carlisle Street) has no detailed urban design or planning controls in place to guide the form, style and height of any new proposed development.

Mayor Cr Amanda Stevens says the aim of the new interim mandatory height controls is to protect the setting, appearance and significance of heritage sites, whilst allowing for reasonable development to take place.

“In order to keep up with increased development whilst balancing the needs of our community, it is imperative that we have cohesive planning controls. For this reason, we are seeking the Minister for Planning’s approval of interim mandatory height controls to provide a degree of certainty whilst Council prepares a detailed Urban Design Framework and permanent planning controls for the area,” she said.

The Mayor says Council would initiate a study of the area as part of the Urban Design Framework, to examine the size and layout of blocks, heritage constraints and opportunities for new developments.

“Council would also conduct a traffic and parking study, and in consultation with local community we will determine the future of this important precinct.”

Eight community members spoke in favour of the interim planning controls at the Council meeting last night, echoing Council’s concerns that the St Kilda Junction area is under development pressure and praising Council for its initiative.

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