What do the Amendments do?
Amendment C122 provides for the transition of the area north of Beavers Road from current and former industrial uses to uses that are more compatible with the surrounding land and area. It will provide for more diverse housing options whilst respecting the amenity of surrounding residential and proper functioning of nearby businesses, in addition to responding favourably to the natural environment of the creek. This will be achieved through the rezoning and introduction of the proposed Development Plan Overlay Schedule 12. Any potential of contamination from former industrial uses is proposed to be managed through an Environmental Audit Overlay.Amendment C127 provides for the transition of the area south of Beavers Road from current and former industrial uses to commercial uses that are more compatible with the surrounding residential area. This initiative is supported by the Darebin Economic Land Use Strategy (DELUS), which recommends a zoning change to stimulate investment and increased employment. Similar to amendment C122, Development Plan Overlay Schedule 12 will be applied to guide future land uses and redevelopment to ensure existing nearby residential land and the Merri Creek environs are protected. Any potential of contamination from former industrial uses is proposed to be managed through an Environmental Audit Overlay.
What documents are part of Amendments C122 or C127?
These amendments propose to change the local zoning of the current industrial area as well as to include a Development Plan Overlay Schedule 12 which is meant to guide future land uses and development changes. Additionally, an Environmental Audit Overlay is proposed to be applied. Any of these Planning Scheme changes are expressed in either new documents (e.g. the Schedule 12 to the Development Plan Overlay) or via indicated Planning Scheme map changes.
A Planning Scheme amendment includes an explanatory report that explains the amendment and the strategic justification it has been based on. The specific changes to the Planning Scheme maps and controls are also available for viewing. The maps will indicate where changes to zone and overlay controls are proposed.
If you want to find out more general information about changing a planning scheme and the process please follow the link to the State Government webpage below:
In order to get a full understanding of the proposed changes for Amendments C122 and C127 please view all the documentation as exhibited on the State Government webpage below:
Does Council have plans to acquire my property?
What is a zone?
A zone indicates the purpose of land and indicates which uses can and cannot be undertaken on that land. It also specifies which uses and which kind of works require a planning permit. The content of zones is generally prescribed by the State Government. Councils propose where a zone is applied. Schedules to a zone can prescribe additional information specific to a particular area.
For Amendment C122 a Residential Growth Zone (RGZ) is proposed.
For Amendment C127 a Commercial 1 Zone (C1Z) is proposed.
What is a Development Plan Overlay (DPO)?
A Development Plan Overlay (DPO) requires an overall plan to be prepared to co-ordinate land uses and development change over a defined area. It requires the preparation of a Development Plan that sets out conditions for land uses and the new built form. The specifics what a Development Plan must include are laid out in the schedule to the overlay. It can include requirements about pedestrian and road connections, where different land uses should be located and make requirements on the design of new development on the land, among other things. Alternatively, before such a Development Plan is finalised, a planning application would also have to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Overlay Schedule.
The specific requirements for a Development Plan for Amendments C122 and C127 are in the proposed Development Plan Overlay Schedule 12 (see the top right "Amendments C122 and C127 Exhibition Documents" panel on the project page for all the exhibited documents).
What is an Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO)?
An Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO) is applied where land is the land use history indicates potential for contamination. The overlay requires detailed testing and actions to ensure that land is suitable prior to a new sensitive use or development. The content of an EAO is generally prescribed by the State Government. Councils investigate and propose where an EAO is being applied. Such as assessment is made on the basis of former uses of the land.
For example, this overlay is applied to a site previously used as a petrol station, motor repairs or a printing facility.
Where can I get more information?
This website contains comprehensive information about both Amendments C122 (industrial land north of Beavers Road) and C127 (industrial land south of Beavers Road).
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