Melbourne City Council has been caught out and is not sure as to the impact Victoria's new planning scheme zones, announced on May 8, will have on Melbourne
On Tuesday May the 14th "Future Melbourne Committee" Anthony van der Craats, resident, asked the Committee a question in relation to the Minister for Planning’s recently announced changes to the Victorian Planning Scheme, which resulted in the abolition of Business 1 Zones, when will the City of Melbourne be undertaking a review of the [new] schemes?
In response to the question the Director City Planning and Infrastructure, Geoff Lawler advised that "it is very early days as the rezoning has just been announced. He is currently beginning to understand the process and will bring the information to Councillors once it is fully known"
In a further response to a [follow-up] question [as to when a report will be presented to an open public session of Council] , the Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle advised that as per the previous discussion regarding the zoning changes at the beginning of the meeting the matter will be brought before Council, but cannot guarantee it will be at the June Council meeting. Given the 1 July 2013 deadline the Council will be pressing to make sure this is as expeditious as possible
Council better get it's act together no later than June if confidence in planning administration is to be maintained.
Under the new scheme Business 1 zones such as the Domain Rod precinct will become Commercial 1 zone with residents believing the zone should be a Mixed Use zone not Commercial 1.
The new planning regime starts July 1.