The Greens and Socialist dominated council – which covers booming development zones including Fitzroy, Richmond and Abbotsford – on Tuesday night met for the first time since last month's local government elections. A controversial application by developer Gurner was before the council, for 476 apartments in North Fitzroy.
Hundreds of residents attended from the heavily gentrified suburb, which has a median house price of $1.25 million.
The proposed apartment building would have properties selling from $450,000 up to $2.5 million and is designed to have three levels on its borders facing houses.
But it rises to 16 levels in its centre – and has infuriated the former industrial site's neighbours.
Yarra Council received almost 500 objections, and a resident group, Protect Fitzroy North's Skyline, is highly active.
But because the council failed to make a decision on the project the developer took its proposal to the state planning tribunal.