At this evening’s Monash Council meeting Cr Bill Pontikis successfully put an amendment to a motion on a planning permit. The motion was to the effect that the Council will not approve planning permits requesting a reduction in the number of visitor car parking spaces.
Property developers frequently ask to build with less visitor car parking spaces than the standard: 1 visitor space for 5 apartments. As I understand it the Council will not approve any such applications in future. Developers will have the right to appeal to VCAT and VCAT can overturn the Council decision.
It was great to see our Council voting for a standard that has community support.
Councillors voting for the amendment; Crs Pontikis, Dimopoulos, Davies, Paterson, Nolan, Klisaris, Little.
The Mayor, Cr Geoff Lake voted against on the grounds that VCAT is likely to overturn the Council decision and it is difficult for developers to change their plans at this late stage. Cr Zographos had other objections to the planning permit so voted against the whole proposal.
Crs Drieberg and Lo were absent.
The property in question tonight was in Oakleigh. However it is anticipated that the precedent will carry through to planning permits for Glen Waverley.