About

The University of Melbourne (on behalf of UOM Commercial Ltd) and Hamton have made a joint request of the Minister for Planning to prepare an amendment to the Boroondara Planning Scheme to rezone and redevelop the site pursuant to Section 20(4) of the Planning & Environment Act 1987.

The proposal seeks to rezone the land from Public Use to Residential Growth and develop the land with approximately 320 apartments, a café and local grocer.

The applicants have applied for this amendment under Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, which bypasses Council as the Responsible Authority. This type of planning scheme amendment requires no formal public exhibition and community submission process occurs unless the Minister specifically requests.

Council has significant concerns with this process. Council has written to the Hon. Richard Wynne MP (Minister for Planning) and the local community communicating Council’s concerns relating to the lack of public notification and community input with a Section 20(4) amendment.

Background

Council has been informed the site is proposed to be redeveloped with a $400m residential development masterplan, which includes approximately 320 apartments, a café and local grocer. The development is to be spread across 6 buildings, which range from 4 to 7 storeys. It is understood construction is expected to start in 2025.

Our concerns with the proposal

Council has significant concerns in relation to the process undertaken via the Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. In particular:

  • The lack of public notification and community input considered through a Section 20(4) Planning Scheme Amendment. Council’s objective is to ensure there is appropriate community engagement, any redevelopment of the land is high quality and the project provides for the best possible community outcome. Council advocates strongly for a broad community notification process.
  • Melbourne University intends to invest their revenue from this project into building a new Australian Institute for Infectious Disease (AIID) facility in Parkville. Council acknowledges this facility is a positive and important project. However, from a planning perspective the two projects are not connected. The proposed AIID facility should not be used as a justification for excluding Council and community involvement in the planning process.

What you can do

Contact the Minister to voice your concerns.

Minister for Planning and Housing

Phone: 03 8683 0964

Email: [email protected]


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