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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

BCNA Comments on Draft Fishermans Bend Framework

The BCNA has provided comments on the Draft Fishermans Bend Framework which was released for public comment in October. The Draft Framework provides welcome detail on many aspects, but major concerns remain. These are about the poor decision-making model being used for the project (five organization are involved), the absence of an operational plan, and no agreed budget. Unless addressed the project will continue to proceed in a sub-optimal way. The BCNA submission explains these concerns and can be found here.

BCNA Objects to Development at 10 Narooma Place

There is a proposal (Application Number 773/2017) at 10 Narooma Place to demolish a garage and erect a three-storey dwelling. The BCNA has decided to object to this development because it would substantially change the character of the area. The homes in this area are predominantly two-storey. The BCNA believes the proposal does not comply with the Neighbourhood Character Overlay of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. If approved, it would establish a precedent for similar proposals across Beacon Cove. The BCNA submission can be found here. The BCNA encourages members to look at the plans and respond directly to Council. This can be done on line at the City of Port Phillip’s website.

2017 BCNA President's Report

For those that weren't at the recent BCNA AGM, you can download the President's review of the year and summary of the current status of local issues here.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

London Hotel Site Update

You may recall we provided an update in September which mentioned that the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) had approved plans for the London Hotel site.

This decision (CoPP application 1220/2016) included the requirement to meet modifications to the plans, a number of which would reduce the buildings impact on the adjacent apartment blocks and also to reduce the amount of overshadowing of the foreshore.

The developer has decided to challenge the construction permit conditions at VCAT.  The hearing for this challenge (P2626/2017) is expected to be in April 2018.

Bay Street Festival - Friday 1st December

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

BCNA AGM Reminder

This is a final reminder for the BCNA AGM which will be held at 6:00 for 6:30pm this Thursday at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, Garden City Reserve

The Guest Speaker will be Peter Smith, the new Chief Executive Officer of the City of Port Phillip and brief reports will be provided by The Hon. Martin Foley, MP and Gateway Ward Councillors Bernadene Voss, Marcus Pearl, and Ogy Simic.

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

Volunteers have recently been dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It covers a number of topics including:
  • Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment
  • London Hotel Site
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Fishermans Bend development
  • Safety on the Promenade
  • Princes Street storm water drain
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

Beach Patrol for 2018

3207 Beach Patrol have announced their dates for 2018. Beach cleans will be the first Saturday of every month except March (when it's held on Clean Up Australia Day on 4th March).

The specific locations for each clean aren’t determined but if you are interested just check their website at www.beachpatrol.com.au/BeachGroups/3207.

They have also introduced a second monthly clean - LoveOurStreet - as removal of litter from our streets helps prevent it from getting down stormwater drains, etc and into our bay in the first place. These will be held on the third Saturday of every month. More details at www.beachpatrol.com.au/LOS/LOS-3207.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

On 21 September 2017, VCAT agreed to review the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP's) decision to refuse a planning application for the “construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements” at this site.

Details of the review have been posted to all who objected to the original proposal. If you objected and have not received a letter, contact Ms Rhodie Anderson (randerson@rigbycooke.com.au). Objectors who wish to participate in the VCAT review have until 16 November 2017 to lodge a Statement of Grounds with an application form at VCAT, with copies to the CoPP and the developer’s solicitor. A fee of $19.90 applies for individuals and not-for-profit organisations. Fee details are shown at www.vcat.vic.gov.au.

The BCNA has decided to participate in the review. The BCNA wants to see the site developed, but according to Port Phillip planning guidelines. Participation in the review allows us to defend our objections which were about visual bulk; that the plans were not in accordance with the plans listed in the VCAT Order of January 2015; overshadowing of the foreshore; and traffic congestion. Our Statement of Grounds can be downloaded here. It follows the objection the BCNA submitted to the CoPP in March 2017.

Local Laws Review

The derelict site at 1-7 Waterfront Place provides a poor image to visitors. This prompted the BCNA to discuss with the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) whether Local Laws could be used to enforce a clean-up. We were led to believe that a review of Local Laws would offer a solution. Unfortunately, this has turned out not to be the case. However, the CEO of the CoPP, Peter Smith, is preparing a report for Council on other steps that might be taken.