VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week released the Urban Growth Boundary Anomalies Advisory Committee report, which supports the inclusion of approximately eight hectares of land within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Mr Guy said the government's response to the report, which he called the "most thorough and transparent review Victoria has ever undertaken for non-growth area metropolitan boundary changes," will settle long-term issues with anomalies in the Dandenong and Frankston municipalities.
The Minister said submissions from councils went through a comprehensive planning process that included extensive community consultation and oversight of an independent probity auditor.
The Committee's report follows a process that commenced in July 2011, when the Planning Minister wrote to the eleven non-growth area councils and invited them to identify UGB anomalies within their municipality and have them assessed by an independent Advisory Committee.
The Committee was appointed in September 2011 and tasked with advising the Minister on the appropriateness of including the proposals put forward by the relevant councils within the UGB, based on a number of standards and decision criteria.
Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik Shire, Yarra Ranges Shire, Manningham City and Knox City councils did not identify any anomalies. Brimbank City, Hobsons Bay City, Kingston City and Maroondah City councils did not respond to the Minister's letter.
Frankston City Council and the City of Greater Dandenong both identified anomalies, which were:
- 4.95 hectares at 525-599 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin (Peninsula Private Hospital);
- 4,216 square metres at 462 Springvale Road and 81-143 Clarke Road, Springvale South;
- 433 square metres at 516-522 Springvale Road, Springvale South;
- 2.56 hectares at 159-171 and 173-191 Clarke Road, Springvale South; and
- Land bound by Eumemmerring Creek, Frankston Dandenong Road, Harwood Road and EastLink, Bangholme (known as the Bangholme Precinct).
With the exception of the Bangholme Precinct, all anomalies put forward by Frankston City Council and the City of Greater Dandenong were supported by the Committee for inclusion within the UGB.
The committee recommended that the Bangholme Precinct not be included because it represented a major change in established policy and the land would be better considered in the City of Greater Dandenong's Green Wedge Review.
Amendments to the Frankston and Greater Dandenong Planning Schemes will be made to include the anomalies within the boundary.
The Urban Growth Boundary Anomalies Advisory Committee report is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/>.