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Monash Council Meeting Agenda! Hot Issues – What to look for?

Monash Council Meeting

The Next City of  Monash Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 30 August 2016 from 7.00pm. You will need to submit your questions by noon  today (Monday 29 August).

Hot issues to pay extra attention too!

Hot issues Empowering Monash and You

Development: Five residential apartment towers 6-10 storeys in height and 17 double-storey townhouses

79 objections were submitted by public members: “Key issues raised within objections relate to neighbourhood character, visual bulk, overshadowing, design detail, compliance with residential policy, car parking provision, increased traffic, overlooking and residential amenity.” Source – Monash Council Agenda, 30 August 2016.

The Council has recommended to refuse the proposal!

Monash Community Grants Program:  Report relating to the 2017/18  Grants Program (MCGP) and assessments of applications.

Due to the Public Health Approach to Gambling Policy Statement, funding will not be provided to applicants or community groups who meet at venues that have Electronic Gaming Machines. Already two organisations will be affected! There were some objections to this alteration .  

Links relating to this issue and comments: Dealing Monash Ratepayers a Dodgy Hand


Community initiated Council forum a success!

“Our City should be driven by the people that live in it” Mr Frank Cresia

This week representatives from community groups, including Empowering Monash & YOU, attended a forum at the Monash Council Offices in Glen Waverley.  Cr Geoff Lake, Dr Andi Diamond and Mr Peter Panagakos represented Monash Council.  Mr Frank Cresia, from the John Monash Square group chaired the meeting.

The focus of the meeting was the future of the Central Car Park site in Glen Waverley.

Monash community members have put in submissions to Council and the John Monash Multicultural Square proposal has received particular attention by Council. The proposals ask for the full extent of the car park to be green and open public space and suggest many ways the space can be used e.g. an open air stage.  An underground car park has been costed.

The Council’s proposal for the land includes 10+storey buildings comprising commercial and residential use, a ‘state of the art’ library and a small public square.

The forum began with two slide presentations.  Cr Geoff Lake presented on behalf of the Council and Mr Frank Cresia presented on behalf of the residents action group.

Cr Lake indicated no decision has been made, but many in the audience were skeptical about this. He highlighted the financial issue as perceived by Council and emphasized a need for a grand library such as the library recently opened in Geelong.  He said the northern end of Kingsway is a planning issue.  The Council is very happy with the function of the remainder of Kingsway.

“Underground car park on the [Central Car Park] site is a strategy that addresses long term car parking issues and brings economic benefit for Council”
Mr Frank Cresia

Mr Cresia emphasized the cultural diversity in Monash and the importance of the community being involved in planning and design. Mr Cresia’s slide presentation is attached below.

The community group, after seeking advice from an engineer, stated a preference for the new library to be built on the current Glen Waverley Library site or extending into the car park on the south side of the library.  This will keep the small open area outside the Council offices an active pedestrian area.

The need for new Council offices was not specifically mentioned.  Community  members have questioned this need.  Over the last two years there have been some reductions in Council staff (e.g. aged care, school holiday program) and a trend towards employing consultants (who typically provide their own office accommodation).  Council needs to provide a Business Case demonstrating the need for new office space before this becomes a viable project.

Dr Chan Chea presented a slide show emphasizing the importance of good governance principles in local council decision making processes.

“Transparent decision making shows: the viable options, how & what the decision making criteria is, and recommends the best value option with a full disclosure of how the decision was made,  the implementation schedule and the risk management framework” Dr Chan Chea

Click on the link below to view the presentation by Mr Cresia.

Click on the link below to view the presentation by Dr Chan Chea.

Following the presentations community members asked many questions and made comments.  The community called for the current Expression of Interest (EOI) process to be stopped to allow for consultation with the community.

One woman commented she had lived in Glen Waverley for 30 years and only just found out Central Car Park was to be built on.  This morning I chatted with another woman who said, “I always read the Monash Bulletin but I didn’t know [Central Car Park] was to be built on”.



Actions for YOU to take if you would like to create this legacy for future generations in Glen Waverley:


Related links:

Getting a perspective on Council illustrations

10 Plus Storeys on Central Car Park

Green Waverley: Research supports a green space for diverse uses

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Green Waverley: Research supports a green space for diverse uses

With more criticism of Council this week over spending $$$ on one of the larger cultural groups within Monash, (see http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/monash-council-defends-decision-to-spend-37000-on-free-lunch-for-greek-easter/story-fngnvlxu-1227308571917) the value of an open space where many cultural groups can interact informally becomes apparent.

At least two community groups are calling for Central Car Park in Glen Waverley to be an open space for the purpose of interaction between cultural groups.

Many in the community are expressing outrage at the high rise development planned for the central area. High rise development planning is excessive, does not meet the needs of people living in the area and has ignored community views. Social isolation and health issues are a likely consequence of intensive high rise living. The community are asking for a place to unite, to come together with others from their own and different cultural groups. A place where no one group has control and smaller groups have equal access.

The call for open space (“neutral ground’) to support interaction between the different cultural groups is supported by research:

Research by Dunnett, Swanwick and Woolley (2002) found that local residents often identify green spaces as the centre of their community (see Improving Urban Parks, Play Areas and Green Spaces). By using outdoor spaces to formally and informally bring together people from a variety of cultures, ages, ethnicities and classes, urban green spaces increase social integration and interaction among local residents. Such spaces encourage a diverse range of uses – some of which stem from culture – and serve as “neutral ground,” according to Swanwick, Dunnett and Woolley (see “Nature, Role and Value of Green Space in Towns and Cities: An Overview,” in Built Environment, 2002, 29(2)). Open, accessible green spaces are essential for local people to maintain cultural identity and build social ties.

Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/sustainability/2014/02/26/urban_parks/

There are various views on how such open space could be designed, but much agreement that it should be a place for the people. There are multiple options on how this could be achieved and ideas include:

View from IKON over Central car park - will this become a view over more high rise development?
View from IKON over Central car park 2014.  If current plans are implemented this will be a view to multi-storey  buildings.  Many community members would like it to be a view to a green a leafy park – a place for the people.

What views do you have? How will  high rise development affect the community in Monash?

Related Links:

Green Waverley: may we have some green space?

Central Car Park development may pave way for cultural inclusivity

Syndal Station Carpark – Will Council Help Monash’s Commuters?

Public Transport Victoria is building a new commuter car park at Syndal Station. This four-storey building will add 250 car parks and 26 secure bike parks to the station removing some pressure on surrounding street parking and offering an alternative starting point for commuters who cannot currently find a park at Glen Waverley. More information and a design feedback form is available at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/rail-projects/syndal-station-multi-deck-car-park/syndal-station-multi-deck-car-park-have-your-say-on-the-car-park-design/.

Exterior Design Options for the new Syndal Station Carpark
Exterior Design Options for the new Syndal Station Carpark

Extra car-parking at the station might be a good thing but the catch is that, during the construction period from late 2014 until some time in 2015, about 150 current parking places will not be available. So what will happen to residents in areas of Monash near the end of the Glen Waverley line? They’ll probably suffer more congestion in their local streets as commuters struggle to find somewhere to park.

What can be done about it? Where can we find an extra 150 car parks at short notice, for a short period and near to the stations? PTV apparently has approached the City of Monash early in the project and again in the second half of October seeking temporary access to the upper levels of the Euneva Avenue car park – the space where council’s traffic surveys show that the peak utilisation level is 100 out of 352 spaces. That is, at peak utilisation, there are 252 car parks idle in Euneva Avenue.

Parking at Syndal station 2012

On the surface it would seem to be a very simple matter for PTV to temporarily lease 150 of the 250 spaces from the City of Monash for 12 months while construction proceeds at Syndal. But Monash Council apparently has refused the request.

At the July 2014 Council meeting the Mayor presented a report (http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/reports/pdftext/cp29jul14/7.2.pdf) which addresses this issue from one viewpoint. It’s interesting to note that many of the car parking spaces in the Euneva Ave car park have been funded by traders who have paid a contribution to council to build the multi-storey car park instead of providing their own, on-site, visitor parking as part of the requirements of their business’s planning permits. This seems to be a sensible approach when compared to the alternative of, presumably, asking the impossible by expecting a Kingsway or Coleman Pde business to provide that on-site. However, it does seem a little odd to say that nobody else can use this space built on public land by the city we live in. If the parking is provided for visitors to businesses and, as clearly evidenced by the current surveys, these same customers consider the parking not in a useful location, it makes sense to release the space, even temporarily, for other uses.

The possibility of charging for commuter parking in Euneva Ave has been raised. In a public budget submission I suggested that the existing resident parking permit system could be used to issue permits by considering each parking space to be a “flat” or “unit” at number 1 Euneva Ave. Thus a permit for 401/1 Euneva Ave would represent a permit to park in the first bay on level 4. I suggested that commuters would probably be willing to pay $5 per day or $100 per month for such a permit. Council’s report (http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/reports/pdftext/cp29jul14/7.2-attach.pdf) suggests that $4 a day would be achievable. Unfortunately, the council report only looked at the option of installing multiple ticket machines at $11,000 each and only looked at two decks to make 118 bays available. They felt it would not be a viable option to try to recoup $60,000 for ticket machines from this revenue but ignored the cheaper option proposed only a few weeks earlier.

I suggest that it’s time for another rethink at Council to ensure residents and commuters in our City are not needlessly inconvenienced during this new construction. The fact that Council has the potential to raise something in the order of $100,000 for a year here with very little outlay (certainly a lot less than the $60,000 cost of ticket machines) and refuses to consider it leaves me wondering what is really motivating the decision.

Well done Monash Council!

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.

Planning permit requesting reduction in visitor car parks
Current planning permit requesting reduction in visitor car parks