Following a preliminary consultation process, at the Urban Planning Special Committee on 3 July, Council resolved to commence the statutory process to introduce a Heritage Overlay to properties identified in the Canterbury Heritage Gap Assessment.

The next step is for Council to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare an amendment to the Boroondara Planning Scheme followed by a formal public exhibition process.

Property owners will have the opportunity to provide submissions as part of the exhibition process and to present their views in front of an independent planning panel if necessary.

Heritage Overlay is an important mechanism which allows Council to protect heritage places of local significance. Inclusion of properties and precincts in the Heritage Overlay triggers planning permit requirements for demolition, alterations, additions, and new buildings.

It is important to remember that Heritage Overlay does not stop development or renovations, it simply ensures this is done respectfully to the heritage place.

The Canterbury Heritage Gap Assessment is the first suburb wide assessment undertaken as part of Council’s commitment to undertake the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.