Issued Monday 20 November 2017
The City of Casey is proposing significant changes to the Casey Planning Scheme to make way for more diverse, well-located housing and help meet the future housing needs of Casey.
Council has put on public exhibition Amendment C198 to the Casey Planning Scheme, which guides future residential development in Casey's established suburbs. The amendment proposes three main changes related to the following:
- Allow and encourage higher density residential development close to activity centres
The amendment proposes to change planning controls on land close to Casey’s activity centres (i.e. shopping centres) to allow for higher density housing.
- Recommend where 2,000m2 (half acre) lots can be created in the Low Density Residential Zone
In certain areas of Low Density Residential Zone land, an application to subdivide and create 2,000m2 (half acre) lots will be allowed, other areas will keep the existing control that only allows a minimum 4,000m2 (one acre) lot to be created.
- Protect the character of the ‘Hoddle grid’ to the north-east of Berwick Village
The area to the north-east of Berwick Village (generally bounded by the Princes Highway, Brisbane Street and Cardinia Street) has a recognised neighbourhood character that Council is seeking to preserve through application of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said the amendment seeks to implement the recommendations of Council’s Housing Strategy, which was developed in consultation with the community.
“The Housing Strategy identifies current and future housing needs and sets the direction to ensure the municipality has more diverse, well-located housing for residents over the next 15 years and beyond,” Cr Ablett said.
“Through the development of the Housing Strategy, we know that more diverse housing options will be needed in the future including townhouses, units and apartments.
“Council strongly believes this type of housing should be in locations with convenient access to shops, services, transport and open space, where it is easy to walk or cycle. As such, this amendment seeks to allow for higher density residential development close to activity centres.
“Council will continue to advocate and work with developers and relevant state agencies to secure more diverse housing in new developments, but this amendment seeks to make way for more diverse housing into the future in our established communities.”
Council has contacted all properties affected by the amendment. Council recognises that planning matters can be very technical and has a range of tools available to help those concerned to better understand the potential impact of the proposed changes on their neighbourhood.
Council has a dedicated online hub, which includes a tool where residents can search their address to see if their property is affected and how, at the Casey Conversations website.
Community information sessions are being held in each Ward between 20 November and 7 December 2017, and residents are welcome to come and talk to Council officers about what the changes might mean for their property.
Council officers are available to speak with residents during working hours at Bunjil Place and those who can't attend a community information session are encouraged to contact Customer Service on 9705 5200 to make an appointment with Council's planning staff who can help explain the proposed changes.
Residents can have their say on the amendment until 15 December 2017.