The Amendment underwent exhibition and was assessed by an Independent Planning Panel. Ratio made submissions to the Panel. The primary concern was that there was a substantial disconnect between the recommendations contained in the ‘Monash Housing Strategy 2014’ (which, whilst watered-down by political input, remained essentially sound) and the proposed amendments to the planning scheme.
The Panel made a number of substantive recommendations. Most notably:
- The Panel recommended that the Amendment abandon the rezoning of land to the Residential Growth Zone (Schedule 3) and the General Residential Zone (Schedule 6) in the Monash National Employment Cluster, and rather maintain the current General Residential Zone (Schedule 2) for the land pending further strategic investigation and analysis.
- The Panel did not support the introduction of more restrictive provisions as an ‘interim planning framework’ in areas identified in the Housing Strategy as having ‘future development potential’. Specifically, the Panel recommended that land identified as having ‘future redevelopment potential’ under the MHS (including activity / neighbourhood centres, ‘accessible areas’, boulevards and residential land in the National Employment Cluster) should be retained under the current General Residential Zone (Schedule 2) as the ‘interim’ planning framework, and the LPPF should be strengthened to recognise the policy intent for these areas.