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Community to have its say on Mentone Hotel plans

19 May 2016

The community will be able to have its say on the proposed Mentone Hotel development after Kingston Council last night voted to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning begin a formal planning amendment process for the site.

If authorisation is granted by the Minister, the amendment process will include a call for public feedback on the proposed development. The Council will then need to review all submissions received and determine whether or not to refer the submissions to an independent planning panel for further review.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said there had been a great deal of misinformation in the community about the state of play. “Let me be clear. Kingston Council has not approved the plans for the Mentone Hotel development,” Cr Bearsley said.  “Last night’s vote was not about giving approval to the development but rather about starting the formal planning process so that the community can have its say.”

The application lodged with Council includes:

  • retention and restoration of the state heritage-protected building façade and internal staircase as set out in the permit granted by the Victorian Heritage Council
  • a food/beverage area within part of the ground floor of the heritage building
  • apartments and townhouses in the current carpark area behind the hotel (not exceeding the height of the heritage building).

Cr Bearsley said this was simply the first step in a long process. 
“I’m keen to ensure the community is aware of the facts and has its chance to give feedback on the plans – then later on following community feedback Council  will have the chance to vote on whether or not they wish to refer the matter to an independent panel for advice,” she said. 

“No matter what Councillors decide, ultimately the final decision whether or not to amend the planning scheme rests with the Victorian Minister for Planning and this process is expected to take many months,” Cr Bearsley said.

For further details on the Amendment process see the flow chart here.

Interested community members can register with Council to be kept informed about the different stages of the Mentone Hotel planning process.  Register your interest by emailing
 info@kingston.vic.gov.au  or contact the Strategic Planning Team on 9581 4713.

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