Whitehorse City Council

Amendment C194

  

Combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application for 517 and 519-521 Station Street and 2-8 Oxford Street, Box Hill

The planning scheme amendment affects the land located at 517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill and 2-8 Oxford Street, Box Hill and the planning permit application affects land located at 517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill.

The planning scheme amendment proposes to rezone the land at 517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill from the Public Use Zone  to the Mixed Use Zone (MUZ); rezone the land at 2-8 Oxford Street Box Hill from the Residential Growth Zone to the MUZ; amend the Schedule to Clause 52.03 to include the Incorporated Document entitled “517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill, December 2016” and amend the Schedule to Clause 81.01 to include the Incorporated Document entitled “517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill, December 2016”.map of Amendment C194

The planning permit application for 517 and 519-521 Station Street, Box Hill seeks approval for the construction of three buildings (2 buildings up to 18 storeys and 1 building up to 6 storeys) including up to 3 levels of basement car parking and comprising retail premises, offices, restricted recreational facility (gymnasium), medical centre, accommodation, serviced apartments and a child care facility. The land at 2-6 Oxford Street, which contains the Uniting Church, is not included in the planning permit application.

The planning permit application also seeks approval for a reduction in the standard requirements for car parking facilities and alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone, Category 1.

The amendment and application has been requested by Golden Age Station Street Box Hill Development Pty Ltd under section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. At the meeting on 20 February 2017, Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit the combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application.

Exhibition

At its meeting on 20 February 2017, Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to prepare and exhibit the combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application. The minutes of Council’s Meeting on 20 February 2017 are available here.

Exhibition was for one calendar month and took place from Thursday 27 April until Monday 29 May 2017. Exhibition involved the direct notification of owners and occupiers of properties surrounding the subject sites, totalling 2,684 letters. The notification of properties in the area included a cover letter explaining the Amendment, the draft planning permit conditions and the statutory notice of Amendment. Relevant Ministers, public and referral authorities were also notified, together with the publication of the Notice of Preparation of Amendment in the Whitehorse Leader on 24 April 2017 and the Government Gazette on 27 April 2017.

For the duration of the exhibition period copies of the Amendment documents were available for viewing on Council’s website and in hardcopy at Council’s Civic Centre in Nunawading, Council’s Box Hill and Forest Hill Service Centres and the libraries in Whitehorse.

Submissions

During the exhibition period Council officers received several phone and counter inquiries regarding the Amendment. Fifty-three (53) submissions were received to the Amendment including 19 pro-forma submissions and two late submissions, one being a petition with 98 signatories (noting that under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, a petition is treated as a single submission, as is the case in an ordinary planning permit application), and one being a pro-forma submission. The submissions were received from public authorities, local residents, local workers and business owners/operators.

At the meeting on 17 July 2017 after consideration of all submissions Council resolved that:

  1. Being the Planning Authority, having considered the submissions in relation to Amendment C194, request the Minister for Planning appoint an Independent Panel to consider the Amendment and the submissions in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987; and
  2. Advise all submitters of the request for an Independent Planning Panel.

The minutes of this meeting, including the report of on this amendment, are available for perusal at the Council offices or by accessing the Council Agendas & Minutes webpage.

Appointment of Planning Panel

An independent Planning Panel was appointed by the Minister for Planning and a Directions Hearing was held on 24 August 2017.  The Panel Hearing will be held over five days and will commence at 9.30am on Monday 2 October 2017 in the Whitehorse Room at the Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. A copy of the pdf icon Panel Timetable (151.49kB) is available for viewing.

Expert witness reports that are to be relied on at the hearing will be made available after 22 September on Council’s website and at the Nunawading and Box Hill service centres.

The Panel will review all the submissions and materials presented at the Hearing and prepare its report. The Panel report records the considerations and recommendations of the Panel. The role of a Panel report is to:

  • Record the outcome of the public consultation process involving exhibition, submissions and Hearing
  • Provide an independent assessment of the issues arising from that process
  • Provide recommendations about the decisions that should be made.

The Panel's report will be forwarded to the planning authority when completed. For more information on the Planning Panel process please visit https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/panels-and-committees/planning-panels-victoria

Expert Evidence Reports

Amendment Documents

Planning Permit documents

 * The ESD Management Plan is very large file and is unable to be uploaded to the website. If you wish to view this document please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303.


Privacy Statement
Any personal information you may include in any submission to Council on the Amendment is collected for planning purposes in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The public may view the submissions whilst the Amendment is being considered. In accordance with the “Improving Access to Planning Documents” Practice Note dated December 1999, a copy of your submission may be made available upon request. If you fail to provide this information your comments may not be considered. You may access this information by contacting Council on 9262 6303.