Amendment C170 – Gronn Place Public Housing Renewal

Background

Amendment C170 has been prepared by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Minister for Planning is the planning authority for this amendment.

Moreland Planning Scheme Amendment C170 is required to provide improved social and private
housing through the state government Public Housing Renewal Program.

As part of its Homes for Victorians strategy the Victorian Government, has committed to a $2.7 billion program of investment into housing and homelessness initiatives. The Public Housing Renewal Program is a $185 million program to redevelop a number of ageing public housing estates into vibrant, better-connected, mixed-tenure neighbourhoods where people can live in housing that is safe and secure.

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to grow social housing in this area because it is close to transport, education and work opportunities, as well as support services. Social housing is proposed to increase by at least 10 per cent and deliver housing that better suit the needs of tenants. 

The Gronn Place site is one of nine public housing sites identified in stage one for renewal as it consists of buildings that are rundown and have high maintenance costs. The 'walk-up' buildings were commonly constructed in the 1960s without lifts, making them inaccessible to people with mobility issues, families with small children and older Victorians.

For more information on the Public Housing Renewal Program visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning website

Land affected by the amendment

The land affected by the amendment is located on Gronn Place and Kitchener Street, Brunswick West.

Gronn Place map

What the amendment does

Amendment C170 seeks to facilitate and guide the redevelopment of land at Gronn Place and Kitchener Street, Brunswick West that is currently used for public housing. The amendment proposes to:

  • Rezone the land from a General Residential Zone – Schedule 1 (General Residential Areas) (GRZ1) to a Mixed Use Zone – Schedule 2 (Gronn Place, Brunswick West) (MUZ2);

  • Apply a Development Plan Overlay – Schedule 12 (Gronn Place, Brunswick West) (DPO12);

  • Apply a Parking Overlay (PO) – Schedule 2 (Gronn Place, Brunswick West) (PO2);

  • Add a strategic direction for public housing sites in Clause 21.02-3 (MSS Strategic Directions);

  • Add a strategy for public housing sites in Clause 21.03-3 (Housing);

  • Add a policy objective and policy for public housing sites in Clause 22.01 (Neighbourhood Character); and

  • Add the Minister for Planning as responsible authority in the Schedule to Clause 61.01.

Mixed Use Zone

The purpose of the Mixed Use Zone is to provide for a range of residential, commercial, industrial and other uses which complement the mixed-use function of the locality.

Development Plan Overlay

A Development Plan Overlay (DPO) requires that a Development Plan or ‘master plan’ be approved for the site which controls the form of development. The DPO requires issues such as density, design and traffic impacts to be considered in an integrated way. A planning permit is still required under a DPO however there are no third party notice and appeal rights for a proposal that accords with an approved Development Plan. The Development Plan is approved by the responsible authority.

Parking Overlay

The Parking Overlay proposes a reduced provision of car parking spaces for residential uses within the Gronn Place site in recognition of the site’s location and access to public transport and bicycle routes.

Change of responsible authority

It is proposed that the Minister for Planning will become the responsible authority to approve the required Development Plan and subsequent planning permit applications for the site.  This means that the Minister for Planning rather than the Council would be responsible for the planning scheme in relation to the Gronn Place site.

Clause 21.02-3 Municipal Strategic Statement - Strategic Directions

This clause outlines seven directions that have been identified to guide planning decisions to assist in achieving the vision to create sustainable neighbourhoods. The proposed change to the clause includes a strategic direction for public housing sites.

21.03-3 Strategic Framework - Housing

This clause provides the Municipal Strategic Statement objectives and strategies to implement the vision set out by Council. Moreland Council seeks to provide housing diversity to meet community needs and the change to the clause will add a strategy for public housing sites.

Clause 22.01 Neighbourhood Character

This policy sets the objectives of Moreland Council in order to protect the neighbourhood character in residential areas. The change to the clause would include an objective and policy for public housing sites.

Where the amendment can be inspected

The Amendment can be inspected at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

The Amendment is also available for public inspection, free of charge, during office hours at the following places:

  • Moreland City Council, Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street Coburg

  • Brunswick Citizens Service Centre, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick

  • Brunswick Library, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick

  • Campbell Turnbull Library, 220 Melville Road, Brunswick West

Submissions

The Minister for Planning has appointed a Standing Advisory Committee to provide advice on the suitability of the amendment to facilitate the renewal and redevelopment of this public housing estate to increase the supply of social housing.

Information about the Social Housing Standing Advisory Committee process and terms of reference can be found by visiting the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website

Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission. Submissions must be made by 5 pm, Wednesday 30 August 2017 online by visitng the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Submissions must be directed to the Advisory Committee through Planning Panels Victoria. Submissions can address any matter the submitter considers relevant including whether the proposal is supported or objected to or if an alternative zone or overlay may be appropriate. 

All submissions must state the name and address of the person making the submission and will be treated as public documents.

Written submissions will be accepted by post in instances where internet access is not available.  Written submissions must be accompanied by a completed and signed submission coversheet.  The coversheet can be requested from Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 5123.

Further information

If you have questions about the amendment, please email the Department of Health and Human Services or call (03) 9096 5281.

If you have questions about the Advisory Committee process, please email Planning Panels Victoria or call (03) 8392 5123.

All other questions may be directed to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on (03) 8683 0950 or Council's Strategic Planning Team on (03) 9240 1175 or by emailing Strategic Planning.

What is Council's position?

On the 10 May 2017 Council resolved to (NOM20/17 State Government Public Housing Redevelopment):

1. Acknowledge and thank the Department of Health and Human Services for their briefing of Councillors on 24 April 2017 and their subsequent letter to Council, dated 1 May 2017.

In particular we acknowledge that Gronn Place is in need of renovation to improve conditions for its residents.

2. Advocate that:

a) The state government replace all public housing currently at Gronn Place and add at least 50 per cent more public housing on the site.

b) The entire site remain for public housing only.

c) Genuine consultation takes place with the residents of Gronn Place, the local community and Moreland City Council.

d) Any redevelopment of the site be sensitive to the residential zoning of the site.

e) All dwellings at Gronn Place have at least a 7.5 star energy rating.

3. Write to the state members of Pascoe Vale and Brunswick and upper house members representing Northern Metropolitan Region outlining Council’s position and seeking a meeting to advocate for a better outcome for both current public housing tenants and for those who are on public housing waiting lists.

Amendment C170 was considered at the Council meeting on Wednesday 9 August 2017. View Council's submission to the Advisory Committee (PDF 5Mb).