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.

Councillor Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara, said that Council’s decision was a key step in ensuring the conservation of places of local heritage significance in Canterbury.

“The 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,” Cr Healey said.

“It was pleasing to see the level of support expressed during the preliminary consultation phase with some landowners nominating their own properties for the Heritage Overlay.”

“We also appreciate the concerns raised by affected property owners. It is important to remember that the Heritage Overlay does not stop development or renovations, it simply ensures this is done respectfully to the heritage place.”

“There is still a long way to go to include the recommended properties in the Heritage Overlay. The next step is 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” Cr Healey said.

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. 

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