29 Mar 2013: The Sydney Morning Herald suggests that “Any higher-rise proposal is now expected to be decided by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) or Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who has made clear his intention to make Port Melbourne higher-density than was proposed by the former government.” See the “Port in a Storm” article here.
In calendar year 2011 Minister Matthew Guy called in only three matters from VCAT – see this “Ministerial Intervention in Planning Matters” Statement to Parliament for 2011″.
It would appear that Matthew Guy is unlikely to call in the Waterfront Place proposal given that in August 2011 he handed back planning powers for the Waterfront Place precinct at Port Melbourne to the City of Port Phillip – as noted in a Ministerial Press Release dated 29 May 2012 .
An application by Waterfront Place Pty Ltd to remove the community’s restrictive covenants remains before the Supreme Court of Victoria. (Supreme Court of Victoria: S CI 2012 03598, Waterfront Place, Property Law Act)
The City of Port Phillip has considered the likelihood that if the Supreme Court application is unsuccessful, then Waterfront Place Pty Ltd may apply to the Appeals Court – see these Minutes of a Council meeting held on 28 August 2012.