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Questions to Council 22nd March 2011 re: Small Lots

posted Apr 3, 2011, 8:07 PM by Ed Itor Editor   [ updated Aug 12, 2012, 3:47 AM ]
Question
lt is proposed that the definition of a small lot, is a lot under the minimum subdivisional size for lots in that zone, and 81% of lots as stated in the Green Wedge Management Plan this will affect over outside the UGB are already under the zone size does Council agree that this change will affect all 81% of these lots?’
Answer
The relevant action adopted by Council as part of the Green Wedge Management Plan is:

PC1.1 Prepare a concise paper on small lot development to recommend actions to discourage the further rural residential development of small lots in the green Wedge. lt will clarify the extent of the small lot development issue in the green wedge. It will be prepared in the context of the findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the inquiry into sustainable development of agriculture in outer suburban Melbourne.

Council has not made a decision as to what size constitutes a ‘small lot’. Instead, it has resolved to undertake further investigation into this complex issue to inform its consideration of a policy response. Part of this consideration will include deliberations on the definition what constitutes a ‘small lot’.

The figures that you have quoted in your question pertain to the minimum subdivision sizes currently within the Nillumbik Green Wedge. It is not accurate to state that all lots under the minimum subdivision size will be discouraged from further residential development, as this is yet to be determined.

Until Council has received this further paper and considered the issue of small lot development, it is not accurate to say to that GWMP will impact on 81% of properties in the Nillumbik Green Wedge.

Question
The VBRC recommendation 39 states “...restricting development in the areas of highest bushire risk Why is Council proposing to use the blanket restriction of zone sizes to be used for the development of one house on a lot, when neither the State Government or the VBRC have made such a recommendation?’

Answer

As per my answer above, Council is not proposing to use the minimum subdivision sizes under the current zone as a blanket restriction. Nor is it proposing to introduce a ‘one house on a lot’ policy; such a policy is already in place within green wedge areas around metropolitan Melbourne, and in certain zones already within the Victoria Planning Provisions. These policies and zones were introduced by the State Government.

Council will have regard to all of the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, and the State Government’s response to implementation, in formulating land use settlement policies, to ensure that public safety remains at the forefront of its decision making in regards to the location of future housing.

Yours sincerely
Cr Helen Coleman Mayor


Question

It is proposed that the definition of a small lot is a lot under the minimum zone lot size as stated in the Green Wedge Management Plan and does Council agree that this will affect 81% or more than 3,000 rural properties?’
Answer
The relevant action adopted by Council as part of the Green Wedge Management Plan (GWMP) is:

PC1.1 Prepare a concise paper on small lot development to recommend actions to discourage the further rural residential development of small lots in the green Wedge. It will clarify the extent of the small lot development issue in the green Wedge. lt Will be prepared in the context of the findings of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the inquiry into sustainable development of agriculture in outer suburban Melbourne.

Council has not made a decision as to what size constitutes a ‘small lot’. Instead, it has resolved to undeitake further investigation into this complex issue to inform its consideration of a policy response. Part of this consideration will include deliberations on the definition what constitutes a ‘small lot’.

The figures that you have quoted in your question pertain to the minimum subdivision sizes currently within the Nillumbik Green Wedge. It is not accurate to state that all lots under the minimum subdivision size will be discouraged from further residential development, as this is yet to be determined.

Until Council has received this further paper and considered the issue of small lot development, it is not accurate to say to that the GWMP will impact on 81 per cent of properties in the Nillumbik Green Wedge.

Yours sincerely
Cr Helen Coleman Mayor


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