Community to have its say on proposed Mentone Hotel development
23 August 2016
The community will have its say on the proposed Mentone Hotel development during an extended six-week consultation period to take place later this year.
Plans for the proposed development of the historic Mentone Hotel will be on display towards the end of the year.
Due to the strong community interest, Kingston Council will widely advertise the consultation period at the time including writing directly to over 1000 Mentone homes to ensure the community is kept informed.
The consultation period will proceed after Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynn this week gave authorisation for a planning scheme amendment for the site to be prepared. The letter from the Minister to Council made it clear that the “authorisation to prepare the amendment is not an indication of whether or not the amendment will ultimately be supported”.
Following public consultation, Kingston Council will review all submissions received and determine whether or not to refer the submissions to an independent planning panel for further review.
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
- 11 apartments within the existing heritage-protected building
- construction of a four-storey building in the current carpark area behind the hotel (in-line with the current height of the hotel) to include 45 apartments and 12 townhouses.
The proposed development would require a site-specific amendment to the planning scheme to allow construction of a four-storey building at the site.
Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said Council was keen for the community to view the plans during the consultation period and make a submission. “There has been keen community interest in the future of the Mentone Hotel site for some time and this public consultation period will give our residents the chance to have their say,” Cr Bearsley said.
Plans will be available for viewing later in the year.
To view the Mentone Hotel application planning process and its current stage click here.
Interested community members can register to be kept informed about the Mentone Hotel planning process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org