FLINDERS: COMMUNITY MEETING ON PLANNING CHANGES – 13 AUGUST 2017
The following is a precis of the presentations given at the Public Meeting on the 13th August 2017 by Dr. Neil Hallam (President FCA), Mr. Neville Wale ( Committee member with special reference to Planning Issues) and Mr. Mark Holland (Committee member, Planning and Future Strategies).
At the meeting in the Flinders Hall over 160 residents participated in an important meeting of the Flinders Community for 2017. The President of the Flinders Community Association, Dr. N.D. Hallam opened the meeting and introduced the brief history of the FCA, which began in the early 1990’s with a committee of 5 frozen in the depths of winter in this hall. At that time it was the Flinders Residents and Ratepayers Association, but its charter was similar to what the FCA does now: monitoring planning and progress around town and the rural land beyond.
These issues usually involved what was seen as over obtrusive developments in residential and commercial sites and the facade of Cook St with single story commercial fronts and residential second storey rear development is a good example of compromises reached with Council and developers. On the Rural front we were able to ensure that native vegetation was retained in a large development of 50 acres lots in the north of town, and the design of plantings of olives and native trees between Flinders and Shoreham. We also played a part in the design of footpaths leading to the Monument and the trees you see around the playground. More recently the Association, over several years played a significant role with staff of the Mornington Shire Council in the design of Flinders Park and the Village masterplan and the re working of the Pier. The FCA initiated the Annual FCA dinner held at the Golf Club each year. We produced the report to Council on the Residential Zoning in the village, worked with Council and the State Government on the preservation of the Westernport Villages, initiated the installation of the sculpture at the roundabout paid for by local donations, planted trees in the park and the avenue of honour, opposed the development of a ‘retirement facility” of ca. 46 “units” in town, and with VicRoads and others opposed the development of a large service station at the corner of Wood and Cook St.
We have been working on the preservation of the Cargo Shed by the pier and the placement of tables near the playground. There are future plans for public toilets nearer the playground and bbq shelters but the use it gets from children means that the area has been revitalised. The FCA has I hope improved communication with everyone with the development of the Flinders Community website, a notice board in the Store and a monthly newsletter to members of the FCA.
We continue to monitor and respond to planning applications and continue to represent the community at VCAT, we work with MPSC on neighbour Residential Codes, and the Green Wedge Hinterland, A few of the “to do” projects are an Ambulance Station close to Flinders , a new hall and underground power lines in Cook St. The committee are all locals, don’t get paid and I hope you agree have been working hard to retain the village you all enjoy.
Contribution by Mark Holland – Changes to Residential Controls
- The current Design & Development Overlays have been in place in Flinders for many years.
- The proposed changes threaten to see DDOs removed in the residential zone around the central Flinders Village.
- At present DDO2 limits development of the residential zoned sites highlighted in the following slides.
- The Barker & Norman, Barker & Wood, and Bakehouse Café sites all have areas of 2,000 sqm or more but currently may only be developed to a maximum of 2 dwellings on each site.
- Removal of DDO2 and the introduction of the new provisions to Flinders could see each of these sites developed to 3 storeys (11.00 m) at greater densities than currently apply.
- Careful thought needs to be given to what would be acceptable for these sites in particular, if the DDO’s were to be removed, and within the other DDO control areas generally.
The anomalies in DDO3 are obvious in some respects. For example, lots sizes around Bennie Court are less than 600 sqm where the DDO permitted average lot size is 1,500 sqm.