At the meeting on Monday 17th March the Boroondara council unanimously supported local residents by seeking to alter the WHUDF to reinstate the proper meaning of “low rise” development for the area around Hawthorn Square. In response to a letter signed by approximately 400 residents and personal representations at the meeting, the council will seek to alter the height limit to two storeys with a third storey set back. The council will also seek to correct the accidental deletion of the public space provision at the front of Hawthorn Square.
The next step will be to ensure that the community’s voice is heard and make sure that the controls are not watered down by the planning minister.
Note: the meeting starts at 7.45, not 7.30 as stated earlier.
The council meeting is going ahead on Monday March 17th to discuss the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework. The report on this item is on the Council web site – click on “Meetings and Agendas”, and then on UPC Meeting, 17 March. The meeting starts at 7.45pm. The WHUDF Amendment is UPC3, Item 4. Or click here to go straight to the agenda.
Its important that we get as may people to the meeting as possible to express the community’s concern over this issue. Hope you can make it.
The extensive community consultation process followed in the preparation of the West Hawthorn Urban Design Framework (WHUDF) was valued by the West Hawthorn Community. However, the proposals for the West Hawthorn Villiage precinct have been changed in two major respects without further community consultation.
- The public space at the Burwood Road/Power Street corner has been deleted.
- The maximum three storey height limit proposed for the precinct has been amended on three major sites to allow for five storey development.
Some residents have organised a letter to be signed to alert council of the stong feeling in the community over this issue. If you can help getting further signitures to this letter, please get in contact with us.
It looks like this will be discussed at council on the 17 March, so if you can attend that meeting it would be very much appreciated.