16 Apr 2013: The Statutory Planning Committee of the City of Port Phillip tonight rejected the developer’s proposal for construction of three towers at Waterfront Place, accepting the recommendations of a Council report [More (PDF)].
Before arriving at its decision Council had:
- Posted details of the proposed development on its website
- Investigated the proposal
- Invited the community to make written submissions on the proposal
- Invited any interested party to directly address the Statutory Planning Committee at its meeting on 16 Apr 2013. This meeting attracted strong community interest, reaching “standing room only” status.
The Council also rejected the developer’s proposal to remove restrictive covenants on the site, which limit any development to within the architectural plan for the Beacon Cove estate.
A Council report recommended refusal of the proposal on the following grounds [More (PDF)]
- “The application does not satisfy the tests for the variation of a restriction as set out at Section 60(2) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, as Council cannot be satisfied that an owner of land benefited by the restriction will not suffer any financial loss, loss of amenity or loss arising from a change to the character of the neighbourhood or any other material detriment as a consequence of the removal or variation of the restrictions as proposed.“
- “The application for the removal or variation of the covenants in the manner proposed is premature until appropriate planning provisions for the future of this site are determined by the City of Port Phillip and approved by the Minister.“