Draft Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study
2 July 2019
The Victorian Government estimates that the population of Greater Melbourne will grow to 7.9 million people by 2051 and has set out how all local Councils must accommodate growth. We’ve been extensively consulting with the community to make sure we get this balance right.
To meet demand, Kingston Council is planning to accommodate our share of population growth generally around key activity centres, close to public transport, shops and services. This would allow us to protect the neighbourhood character and amenity of our quieter residential streets.
The draft Housing Strategy has included detailed consideration of the very unique characteristics of Dingley Village and proposes very limited changes to the zoning of residential properties in Dingley. Under the draft plan:
93% of residential land within Dingley village has been designated as ‘Limited change’ and is proposed to be included in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone with a mandatory 2 storey height limit.
- 7% of residential land within Dingley Village has been designated as ‘Incremental change’ and is proposed to be included in the General Residential Zone with a mandatory height limit of 3 storeys.
- The very small area (7%) of residential land in Dingley Village proposed to be included in the General Residential Zone is located along Centre Dandenong Road to capitalise on proximity to the local shopping centre, parks and bus routes.
Nothing proposed here is set in stone yet. We will take on board feedback through our official consultation process, which will be used to inform the preparation of a Planning Scheme Amendment – which we will again consult with the community about.
Further details of the consultation is available at yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/HSNCS
DETAILS ABOUT OUR CURRENT CONSULTATION:
- Council has extended the consultation which commenced in May to the 2 August 2019 following community feedback requesting more time.
- An information bulletin is currently hitting every residential property (totalling 70,000 households in Kingston) informing them of the project and inviting them to have their say.
- Council has run 6 drop-in sessions at locations right across Kingston providing an opportunity for residents to discuss the project with Council officers and the project team.
- Council re-engaged with the Housing Strategy Community Panel that was established in 2017 to check in and ensure that the draft consultant reports responded to the principles the Panel had developed.
- Council has been actively encouraging members of the community to get in touch with us to find out more about how the draft proposal may impact on them.
- We have held a series of community drop in sessions, produced a short two-minute explainer video and a printed guide to explain the proposed changes.
- The June-July edition of Councils publication also included a full-page article promoting the consultation and how to get involved
- We have also advertised in the local papers and promoted the consultation through our social media channels.
Where requested we have provided soft and hard copy maps highlighting the proposed Change Areas, Character Types, Current and Proposed Residential zones
We have created an interactive online mapping tool, which community members can search to find out if there are any proposed changes to their own property or areas of interest around it.
In 2017 Council wrote to every resident in Kingston to let them know about the project and planned consultation activities which included a series of Ward Meetings attended by over 700 residents.
We also ran walking tours, listening posts, conducted online surveys and sought comment via an interactive online mapping tool.
We also established a Community Panel comprising a demographically representative sample of 35 residents from across Kingston. This group has met on 5 occasions and developed a vision and principles which have informed development of the draft Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study.
The draft Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study consultation will inform preparation of a final version of the report and the future preparation of a Planning Scheme Amendment – which we will again consult with the community about.
The Amendment, which would change the existing rules in the Planning Scheme, is subject to approval from the State Government and would time some time to complete.