Banyule Council approved the Ivanhoe Structure Plan in December 2012. At the same time Council wrote to the Minister for Planning to request interim planning controls. The response from the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) was that the Minister would consider interim planning controls once the planning scheme amendments have been officially submitted to the DPCD. Since then Banyule’s planning department has been in the process of translating the guidelines in the structure plan into official planning scheme schedules.
It is expected the final planning scheme schedules will be ready for Banyule Councillors to approve at the Council meeting of 3 June. Shortly after that Council will submit the schedules to the DPCD as well as apply for interim planning controls. The approval process still has a number of months to run.
In the meantime there has been numerous queries to Save Ivanhoe Residents Group about how to respond to new development applications within the structure plan boundary, the most recent examples, being sites in the Lower Ivanhoe precinct and the Darebin Station precinct.
Residents who wish to object to aspects of a specific development application still need to follow Council’s process. You will need to write to Council specifying:
1) the reasons for your objections and
2) how you will be affected by the proposed development.
As always, contact your local Councillor to discuss your concerns. More information on the process can be found on the Council website:
There are current examples of planning applications that are outside the guidelines in the structure plan. From Save Ivanhoe’s perspective, it is imperative that Council assess new planning applications within the terms of the structure plan. Otherwise all the extensive work by Council and the community over the last 18 months will have come to nothing.