1. What does this Scheme Amendment do?

The purpose of proposed Scheme Amendment No. 92 is to rezone House Number 31 Edale Way, Westminster from ‘Civic’ to ‘Residential (R40)’. 

If approved, The proposed rezoning will allow the lots to be developed for single houses and grouped dwellings to the same height as existing buildings in the area.


2. What could be developed on the site?

Land zoned ‘Residential R40’ requires a minimum lot area of 180m², and an average lot area of 220m². Based on these requirements, the subject lot has the potential to be developed or subdivided to permit up to 10 houses to be constructed if the Scheme Amendment is approved. However, as the City is the landowner, the Council has decided that the lot is to be subdivided into six lots, with proposed lot sizes ranging from 370m2 to 436m2 (with an average lot size of 387m2). 

3. Why has the Council decided to advertise this Scheme Amendment?

The proposed rezoning was considered by Council in February 2018 and Council resolved to proceed to advertise the Amendment. For this reason, the City is now advertising Scheme Amendment No.92 for public comment

4. What comments can I make?

The City is keen to hear the views of all residents in the area, and wants the community to be able to freely express it’s views on the proposal.

However, when Council considers the comments received, it must consider the planning merits of the proposal, and the planning issues that have been raised during public consultation.  The City asks that comments be limited to those directly related to the planning merits or impacts of the proposed Scheme Amendment.  Examples of the issues that can be considered valid planning considerations include:

·  The requirements of orderly and proper planning including any proposed local planning scheme or amendment to this Scheme that has been advertised under the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 or any other proposed planning instrument that the local government is seriously considering adopting or approving;

·  the compatibility of the development with its setting including the relationship of the development to development on adjoining land or on other land in the locality including, but not limited to, the likely effect of the height, bulk, scale, orientation and appearance of the development;

·  the amenity of the locality including the following —

(i) environmental impacts of the development;

(ii) the character of the locality;

(iii) social impacts of the development;

·  the adequacy of —

(i) the proposed means of access to and egress from the site; and

(ii) arrangements for the loading, unloading, manoeuvring and parking of vehicles;

·  the amount of traffic likely to be generated by the development, particularly in relation to the capacity of the road system in the locality and the probable effect on traffic flow and safety;

·  the impact of the development on the community as a whole notwithstanding the impact of the development on particular individuals;

·  any submissions received on the application

The City’s officers must balance the comments received with an assessment of the likely impacts of the proposal, and must be satisfied that there is a factual or realistic basis to the opinions expressed on a proposal.

Matters that cannot be considered valid planning reasons for objecting to a proposal include:

·  Perceived loss of property value

·  Private disputes between neighbours including access & egress and easements

·  Impact of construction work

·  Trade competition concerns (in most circumstances)

·  Matters that is controlled under other legislation