After careful consideration of planning controls and precedent and based on feedback from many members of the community, the FCA resolved to lodge a formal objection to the scale of the proposed re-development of the Flinders Cove Motel and adjoining vacant land.
This recent planning application has led to considerable feedback from members of the community. In discussion with community members it has become clear that the planning controls which apply to Flinders Village are not widely known and understood. This explanatory paper has been prepared to try to make the guidelines clearer. The map below shows the boundaries of Flinders residential and commercial zones.
DDO2 – Residential Zone
The current General Residential 1 Zone (GR1Z) and Design & Development Overlay – Schedule 2 (DDO2) prescribe low density use and development for land in this zone with appropriate building heights, building envelopes and setbacks. In this respect, the current Flinders Cove Motor Inn development is relatively ‘low key’ and of a scale that is respectful of surrounding uses – particularly residential.
The provisions of DD02 may be viewed via the attached link: https://planning-schemes.delwp.vic.gov.au/schemes/morningtonpeninsula/ordinance/43_02s02_morn.pdf
Of significance is the scale of development presently permitted in the Commercial 1 Zone (C1Z) to the west in Cook Street. When the C1Z was first mooted in the early 2000s, the community banded together and with support of Council achieved an Interim Development Order control to prevent the unfettered development then permissible in the C1Z elsewhere in the State.
This intervention resulted in two key planning outcomes:
Flinders Village Centre Design Guidelines for New Development p.2
An important outcome of initiatives of the FCA and concerned citizens was the introduction in of Design & Development Overlay – Schedule 14 (DDO14) via Amendments C101 and C188 in 2011 and 2015, respectively for the commercial zone of Flinders Village.
The Amendments include as Reference Documents, the Flinders Village Centre Design Guidelines for New Development (MPSC 2010) and the Flinders Village Centre Statement of Significance (November 2009).
Site coverage, including basement areas, limited to 50% site coverage.
A height limit of 8 m.
First floor dwellings to be setback from Cook Street.
The FCA is of the view that re-development of the existing motel site (and adjoining vacant land), must be respectful of the existing zoning and DDO2 controls. It should also have regard to the Village Centre design guidelines and DDO14 on the adjoining commercial zone.
Given the restrictions imposed by the COVID19 Pandemic on community meetings, and the difficulty of viewing such lengthy application documents online, the FCA has requested the Shire Planners to allow a longer period for public consultation. The advertising of the Application provides the community with the opportunity for submissions to be made and places an obligation on Council for these to be considered.