A request by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for an interim Design and Development Overlay to limit buildings to two storeys in the General Residential Zone has been rejected by the Victorian State Government
“The overlay would have protected about 24,000 properties across Capel Sound, Rosebud, Dromana, Mt Martha, Mornington, Baxter, Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern” said Mornington Mayor Bev Colomb.
While the council has argued that dwellings greater than 2-storeys were “inconsistent with the peninsula and its low-scale character” the Victorian government Planning Department under Minister Richard Wynne disagreed, saying “We’ve had a good look at this proposal and we’re confident the controls we have in place provide an appropriate level of protection”.
The State Government introduced the three-storey increased height limit (around 11 metres tall) in March 2017, “without consultation” according to council. The council then argued that the increase from two-storeys to three would be a threat to amenity on the Mornington Peninsula and asked Planning Minister Richard Wynne to approve interim controls for the peninsula that would limit residential development to two storeys or 9m.
About 75 per cent of general residential zoned land is already covered by mandatory height limits lower than the 11m introduced by the new zones.
Both sides of the argument agree that this planning regulation provides some surety to builders and developers around the restrictions and heights available. What is certainly disagreed is the height limit.
Until the introduction of height controls in the general residential zone, heights were discretionary – up to council and possibly up to VCAT – so three-storey houses could be built in some instances.
This story originally appeared in the Herald-Sun on October 7, 2017: State Government rejects Mornington Peninsula Shire push for two-storey limit in residential zone
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