Kingston seeks greater developer contribution to help boost open space
7 February 2017
Kingston Council will be able to create new and improved parklands under a proposal to increase the amount developers contribute towards local open space.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said Council wants to increase the contribution that all developers must make towards public open space in the area.
“With the increase in larger developments – which can be appropriate in activity centres close to public transport and shops – there is a need to create new open space areas across our community,” Cr Eden said.
“It’s only fair that developers are expected to help support the creation and improvement of public open spaces that will serve the needs of the people that will live in these new homes,” Cr Eden said.
Council undertakes a range of open space projects including:
- land acquisitions, such as the recent purchase of a residential block next to Parkdale Library to expand the open space at the site
- upgrades of public open space infrastructure, such as new communal outdoor tables, seating and landscaping at Tuck Street Plaza in Moorabbin
- ·new public spaces, such as the public piazza that will be developed next to the ‘triangle building’ as part of the Mentone Renaissance project.
It is proposed that developments at key strategic sites and in the Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Highett, Mordialloc and Mentone activity centre zones would incur an 8% public open space contribution fee while all other areas would incur a 5% contribution.
Kingston Council will seek permission from the Victorian Planning Minister to prepare an amendment to add these new open space contribution rates into the Kingston Planning Scheme.
“In the past, developers had at times successfully appealed at the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal against the open space contribution amounts,” Cr Eden said.
“By having the rates set in stone and added to the Kingston Planning Scheme, we can ensure that developers pay their fair share.”
If the Minister agrees, the proposal will be advertised for public comment.