Glen Waverley residents have been quick to rally over plans for five storey development in a residential street near the central area. They are wondering whether ‘public participation’ and ‘community consultation’ were just election promises by hopeful candidates in the recent Council election or the way forward for the newly elected Council.
The proposal is for 63 one and two bedroom apartments with 74 car parking spaces provided in a basement car park. Once again the applicant has sought permission to do away with some of the required visitor car parks. Given the extreme difficulty parking in Glen Waverley the author’s view is that no property should be allowed to reduce visitor parking. Previously many properties have been allowed to do so.
The traffic from the 74 car parking spaces will be entering Bogong Ave and probably heading to Springvale Road. Springvale Road is one of the most dangerous traffic spots in this municipality if not Melbourne. More traffic, more congestion and more risk to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will result from more apartment development.
Bicycle parking is provided at the rate of 0.46 bicycles per apartment. This is inadequate in meeting Council sustainability goals.
The residents claim the current residential zoning does not allow for such development and a re-zoning has been proposed. As Council claims the community were consulted over residential zones how can they now turn around and re-zone this property to meet developers needs? A rezoning extends the Glen Waverley Central development area into a residential street.
And what of the needs of the Monash community? Who is going to live in one and two bedroom apartments? Retiring couples are demanding single level residences to ‘scale down’ to. Three bedroom apartments are in demand for this purpose. This location would be an ideal location 3 bedroom apartments in a garden setting. It would place ageing people near the resources they need to access.
Currently the corner location fits well into the ‘garden character’ of the area leaving an open feel to the area surrounding the Glen Waverley Cenotaph. If the proposal proceeds the Cenotaph will be even more closed in and residents will lose the character of the area they live in.
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