Update 17 February 2017 – Minister for Planning's decision on Advisory Committee report
The Minister for Planning has today released the Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee report and his decision regarding the Victoria Racing Club's (VRC) proposal to rezone and develop two parcels of Flemington Racecourse land.
In summary, the Minister has approved the rezoning of the land to Comprehensive Development Zone. However he has approved substantially reduced scale in terms of building height and density. New Comprehensive Development Plans must be submitted by the VRC and approved by the Minister allowing for:
- Epsom Road site: a single tower of no more than 300 dwellings at a maximum height of 15 storeys.
- Flemington Green site: three towers with a maximum of 520 dwellings and no more than 10 storeys.
The Minister has decided that he will remain the Responsible Authority for approval of the new Comprehensive Development Plans. Once these are approved he will hand back the status of Responsible Authority to Council for consideration of the requisite planning applications in the future.
The Minister has not made any recommendations in relation to the realignment of the municipal boundary between the City of Moonee Valley and the City of Melbourne.
View Questions and Answers from State Government giving more detail about the Minister's decision and what happens next. You can also view the Advisory Committee report.
On initial reading, we are pleased the Minister for Planning has listened to the advice of the Advisory Committee and to community concerns.
We are particularly pleased the height and density of any future development at both the Flemington Green and Epsom Road sites have been substantially reduced.
We support the Minister's decision regarding the amount of open space and affordable housing required within any future development, as well as developer contributions to fund local community facilities and upgrades.
While more analysis will need to be done through an Integrated Transport Study before a decision on final development outcomes is made by the Minister, we will continue to seek a resolution regarding the impacts on traffic, parking and transport.
It will be important that key traffic bottlenecks are addressed, particularly at the Racecourse and Epsom Roads roundabout, and that public transport needs are considered, in conjunction with Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads.
In addition we welcome the Minister's decision to ultimately hand back the status of Responsible Authority to Council for consideration of planning permit applications in the future.
Our focus will continue to be working with all stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcome for the local community, and on keeping the community fully informed throughout the process.
Update 4 April 2016 – advisory committee hearing
Council presented its submission during week two of the Flemington Life Advisory Committee hearings. Council’s submission was presented over two days (21 and 22 March). Council also called expert evidence in relation to traffic and transport issues, development contributions and the potential benefits of a municipal boundary realignment.
Council’s position to the Advisory Committee was that the Flemington Green amendment should be abandoned and that the VRC should undertake a master planning exercise prior to considering any future amendment proposal.
Council also advised the Committee that if the rezoning is to proceed mandatory maximum height, and clear maximum density provisions need to be embedded within the controls.
Council also outlined the need for the entire Flemington Green precinct, bounded by Langs Road, Leonard Crescent and Fisher Parade, to be included within Moonee Valley City Council’s municipal boundary, while the Epsom Road site should remain within the City of Melbourne.
The Hearings will continue through to April 6, with the following organisations to present arguments at the Hearing:
- Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
- Members of Parliament
- Flemington Association
- Ascot Vale Resident Association
- Various private submitters
Closing comments will be heard from Moonee Valley City Council, City of Melbourne, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and the Victoria Racing Club on 6 April.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee is due to submit its final report to the Planning Minister within eight weeks of the last day of its hearings.
Update 9 March 2016 – expert evidence reports
As per the directions given by the Advisory Committee for Flemington Life the VRC has provided the following Expert Evidence reports:
- Statement to the Advisory Committee by Jason Walsh, Traffic Engineer (pdf, 2.48MB)
- Flemington Life Development Sustainability Review (pdf, 5.08MB)
- #1 RASV Expert witness report - Andrew Rogers Noise Consulting and Management Pty Ltd (pdf, 220KB)
- #2 RASV Expert witness report - Andrew Rogers Noise Consulting and Management Pty Ltd (pdf, 9.08MB)
- #3 RASV Expert witness report - Andrew Rogers Noise Consulting and Management Pty Ltd (pdf, 124KB)
- Expert witness report - Dr. Graeme Cecil Gunn (190KB)
- Flemington Life - Social Impact Assessment (536KB)
- Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee - Expert evidence statement - social impact assessment (pdf, 288KB)
- Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee - Independent Urban Design Advice (pdf, 1.12MB)
- Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee - Expert Evidence - Response to submissions (pdf, 1.12MB)
- Flemington Life planning scheme amendments for Melbourne City Council (pdf, 2.43MB)
- Flemington Life Planning Scheme Amendments - Urban Design Expert Witness Statement (pdf, 1.13MB)
Update 2 March 2016 – Flemington Life Advisory Committee Directions Hearing
The Directions Hearing for the VRC proposal at Flemington Racecourse was held on Tuesday 1 March.
The purpose of the Directions Hearing was to make arrangements for the running of the Public Hearings, which will be held during the weeks of 14, 21 and 28 March (excluding public holidays).
Moonee Valley City Council, along with the City of Melbourne, VRC and various authorities, including Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads ,were present at the Directions Hearing.
The following reports were presented as part of the Directions Hearing and provide additional information in relation to the VRC's application to rezone and develop two parcels of land at Flemington Racecourse.
We will continue to ensure the community is kept informed about this important process.
Update 24 February 2016 – Council's submission
The State Government consultation period on the Victoria Racing Club's application to rezone and develop two parcels of land at Flemington Racecourse formally closed on 19 February, with late submissions accepted from the community only up until 1 March.
Our submission was officially endorsed at the Council meeting on 23 February. It outlines our concerns with the proposal, especially the Flemington Green site:
We also issued a media release which summarises what is in our submission and our thoughts on the proposal.
What happens next?
The Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee has set two hearings; a Directions Hearing and a Public Hearing.
The Directions Hearing takes place first to make arrangements for the running of the Public Hearing. It is also an opportunity for:
- submitters to ask questions
- the advisory committee to identify any particular matters that it wants the proponent or other submitter to address in submissions
The directions will be confirmed in writing to those who have asked to be heard or kept informed. A timetable will be issued at the same time.
The Public Hearing will then follow and is where any party who made a submission can present their submission to the advisory committee. We intend to present our submission at the Public Hearing.
The Directions Hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, 1 March 2016. The Public Hearing will be held during the weeks of 14, 21 and 28 March 2016 (excluding public holidays), with a specific timetable to be set following the Directions Hearing.
Update 11 January 2016 - public exhibition starts
The six-week public exhibition of the Victoria Racing Club's (VRC) draft planning scheme amendment documentation to develop two parcels of land at Flemington Racecourse has started today.
We are not the planning authority for this land. The responsible authority is the Minister for Planning. We will be putting in a submission as part of the consultation and encourage residents to get involved and make a submission too.
This could be the only opportunity to have your say on this development.
How to find out more
For full details of the planning scheme amendments and how to make a submission during the public exhibition, visit DELWP's website or the project website.
VRC drop-in sessions
The VRC is holding two drop-in sessions where you can find out more about the proposal and how to have your say:
Dates: Tuesday, 2 February, 3pm-8pm and Sunday, 7 February, 12 noon-5pm
Venue: The Champagne Bar, Flemington Racecourse (parking available in the Betting Ring)
Council information sessions
To help the community stay informed and to understand how to make a submission, we are also holding two information sessions:
Date: Wednesday, 10 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue: Flemington Kensington Bowls Club, Corner Smithfield and Racecourse Roads, Flemington
Date: Saturday, 13 February, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Venue: Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington
Both sessions will commence with a brief presentation about the submission process and Council officers will then be available to talk with residents one on one to answer questions regarding this process.
How to have your say
We will put in a submission as part of the consultation and we encourage residents to get involved and make a submission.
Written submissions must be sent to the advisory committee directly by 19 February, with late submissions accepted from the community only until Tuesday, 1 March.
For full details about how to make a submission and participate in the subsequent hearings, visit DELWP's website.
The State Government has also developed an information sheet (pdf, 360KB) and we have put together some FAQs (docx, 900KB) to help the community make a submission.
What happens next
Following public exhibition, the Advisory Committee has set the Directions Hearing for Tuesday, 1 March, with public hearings scheduled for the weeks of 14, 21 and 28 March 2016.
Update 22 December 2015 – Advisory Committee Stage One report
The Advisory Committee has today released its Stage One report.
While officers are still reading through the report in detail, the report concludes that the Victoria Racing Club's (VRC) draft planning scheme amendment documentation is appropriate to go on public exhibition.
The six-week public exhibition will take place from Monday, 11 January to Friday, 19 February 2016, with late submissions accepted from the community only until Tuesday, 1 March 2016.
The Directions Hearing has been set for Tuesday, 1 March 2016. Public hearings are scheduled for the weeks of 14, 21 and 28 March 2016.
The State Government is the decision making authority for this proposal, not Council. Just like the community, we will be looking at the documents in detail, making a submission to the advisory committee and participating in the public hearing.
The VRC is likely to hold information sessions during the exhibition period.
We will also hold two information sessions to assist community members with the process of making a submission to the advisory committee. We will set dates shortly.
Update 15 December 2015
On 9 and 12 December we held community information sessions about the proposed Flemington Racecourse development.
Thank you to those who came along to find out:
- what is being proposed by the VRC (based on the pre-exhibition documents)
- details of the State Government-appointed Advisory Committee
- Council's role and early issues
- how the community can be involved and stay informed
- to ask questions
View the presentation (pdf, 1.6MB).
Questions received from the community related to issues such as traffic, parking and public transport, the size of the development, planning zones, impact on neighbourhood character and heritage issues.
We are compiling answers to questions and will post them online in due course.
The Advisory Committee is currently engaged in Stage One of the process, the review and consultation stage, to determine whether they recommend to the Minister for Planning that the draft planning scheme amendment documentation is appropriate to go on public exhibition.
The Advisory Committee’s Stage One report is due to be submitted to the Minister for Planning on 18 December.
Further updates will be provided as soon as we receive communication from the Advisory Committee or the State Government.
27 November update - pre-exhibition package of materials
We have been provided with, and are currently reviewing, a copy of the pre-exhibition package of materials for the proposed Flemington Life development.
This package, which the Advisory Committee has made clear may not be the final package released for community feedback next year, was presented by the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) at the second Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, 23 November. View the main documents below.
Also in attendance were representatives from the State Government, Melbourne City Council, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and local community groups.
All parties have been asked to provide initial feedback at a follow-up Advisory Committee meeting, taking place on Wednesday, 2 December.
This initial stakeholder comment will help inform the Advisory Committee’s Stage 1 report, due to be submitted to the Minister for Planning on 18 December 2015. The Stage 1 report will outline whether there is sufficient information to proceed to Stage 2; formal exhibition of the material and consultation with the community (expected in early 2016).
Despite not being the responsible authority, we remain committed to helping the community stay informed. At our information sessions we intend to present detailed information about the issues we will cover in our submission to the Advisory Committee once the final proposal is released for public exhibition. We strongly encourage the community to attend. Please RSVP below to book your place.
Some of the areas we will be considering are:
- Strategic justification for the proposed height and scale of a development in this location
There should be a robust strategic justification for the proposed development, which addresses both the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme and Plan Melbourne.
- Traffic and transport impacts
The surrounding road and intersection network will experience increased car traffic, the impacts of which must be modelled and adequately addressed, as should the increase in demand for good access to public transport.
- Parking impacts
The proposed development could add to on-street parking pressure on Moonee Valley roads and must be addressed in the proposal, as should how the impact of any loss of off-street parking for event patrons would be managed.
- Social impacts
The proposal must consider the social impacts of the development on both the future residents of the proposed development and the wider existing community. This includes issues such as connectivity with the surrounding area, community facilities, liveability, housing affordability and diversity, public transport and community safety.
- Event impacts
The proposal should consider the impact of events at the racecourse and adjacent Flemington Showgrounds on the future residents of the proposed development.
- Open space and streetscapes
The proposal must consider how the proposed development will fit into and impact on the surrounding landscape, including existing residential areas and the Maribyrnong River, as well as the open space and amenity required by the additional residents.
- Planning controls
The planning controls proposed must include a development plan to clearly inform future planning permit applications and provide a level of certainty to both Council and the community.
- Developer contributions
The proposal must consider financial contributions to both Moonee Valley and Melbourne City Councils to assist with the provision of facilities and infrastructure to meeting the additional residents' needs.
Please note we have been provided with pre-exhibition materials. The Advisory Committee has made it clear these may not be the final documents released for community feedback, expected in early 2016.
The lengthy documentation we have been provided with includes plans, technical reports and Planning Scheme Amendment documentation. We have provided the three main documents below. A hard copy of all documentation can be viewed at the Planning Desk, Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds.
We are holding two information sessions to help the community help the community stay updated, understand the advisory committee process and how to make a submission during the State Government’s forthcoming public consultation.
Date: Wednesday, 9 December, 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Flemington Bowls Club, Corner Smithfield and Racecourse Roads, Flemington 3031
Date: Saturday, 12 December, 11am to 12.30pm
Venue: Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds 3039
Both sessions will provide the same information:
- Details of the State Government-appointed advisory committee including membership, its role, the process and timeframes as outlined in the terms of reference.
- An overview of the draft proposal, expected to be made public by the VRC in November.
- Details of Council's role and the issues Council will be considering as part of our submission.
- Details of the community's role, including typically how to prepare a submission during the public consultation and attend the public hearing.
- Public questions
A letter has been sent to all surrounding residents.
Please RSVP through the links above.
Update 6 November 2015 - Advisory Committee inception meeting and indicative dates
In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee held an inception meeting on Tuesday, 20 October.
Council officers were invited to attend along with representatives from the Victorian Racing Club (VRC), State Government, Melbourne City Council, Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
The committee agreed indicative dates for the process moving forward, including:
- A second Advisory Committee meeting, at which the draft proposal will be presented by the VRC, will take place on 23 November 2015.
- The Advisory Committee intends to submit its Stage 1 report to the Minister for Planning on 18 December 2015.
- The Advisory Committee proposes to move the six-week public exhibition period for the proposal to avoid the Christmas and school holiday period. Consultation on the proposal will now start from late January/early February and run to mid-March 2016.
- The Directions Hearing for the project is likely to take place from early April 2016.
- The Committee Hearings for the project are likely to take place in late April/early May 2016.
We are in the process of finalising the dates of our information sessions and details will be available shortly.
Update 19 October 2015
As part of our commitment to keeping the community informed, we have written to Moonee Valley households and businesses surrounding both proposed development sites. View the letter (pdf, 500KB) .
We will be holding two information sessions as part of this commitment. At these sessions we will outline the information we know so far about the proposed development, and details about the Advisory Committee process recently announced by the Minister for Planning, including how you will be able to make a submission during the forthcoming public consultation.
The information sessions are likely to be held in mid-November and details will be available shortly.
Update 8 October 2015 - Advisory Committee appointed
We have received a letter from the Minister for Planning confirming he will formally appoint an independent advisory committee in relation to the proposed development at Flemington Racecourse.
The letter advises that the Flemington Hill and Epsom Road Advisory Committee will provide advice on the entire proposal including: proposed planning controls; the built form of the development; traffic and transport issues; the alignment of the municipal boundary for the Flemington Hill site; Responsible Authority status of the sites; and the most appropriate form and process of the amendments to introduce the planning controls into the respective planning schemes.
Further details, including the terms of reference for the advisory committee, are available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
In September 2014 we wrote to the Minister for Planning requesting that any planning scheme amendment is undertaken via an independent panel or advisory committee process to ensure the views of affected communities and other stakeholders are considered.
We will update the community as we find out more about the proposal, including timelines for community consultation.
Update 4 September 2014
There has been no update from the Minister for Planning regarding this proposed development.
At its meeting on 26 August, Council resolved to write to the Minister for Planning on the following points:
- requesting a formal review of the boundaries between the City of Moonee Valley and the City of Melbourne,
- urgently seeking Moonee Valley become the Planning Authority for the Flemington Racecourse and Showgrounds sites
- further requesting that any planning scheme amendment is undertaken via an independent panel or advisory committee process
For details read the full Notice of Motion (see pages 25 and 26).
Update 30 July 2014
At this stage we understand that the VRC and Greenland propose to undertake a planning scheme amendment to rezone the land, which would then facilitate subsequent applications for this proposed development.
There has been no update from the Minister for Planning, the responsible authority for all planning decisions regarding the racecourse land, with details of the planning scheme amendment or timings for consultation.
We will continue to keep the community informed as we find out more and remain committed to holding our own information session during the consultation period.
Update May 2014
In October 2013 the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) and Greenland announced their plan to develop two parcels of land at Flemington Racecourse.
The sites are on Epsom Road, which sits in the City of Melbourne, and on Leonard Crescent and Fisher Parade, which sits across both Moonee Valley and Melbourne.
The VRC and Greenland have been working on a development concept for the two sites and are expected to submit this to the Minister for Planning shortly.
It was announced in August 2013 that the Minister for Planning would be the responsible authority for planning decisions regarding the land within Moonee Valley, as he already is for the land within Melbourne.
This means we will not be the decision-making body for any planning applications to develop this land.
Development at both of these sites will have a significant impact on Moonee Valley residents, particularly in relation to traffic, parking, community services and open space.
We continue to advocate to the Minister for Planning and the VRC on behalf of our residents in an effort to ensure that any development is well-planned and takes into account the potential impacts on the current community, as well as those on cultural heritage, transport and the environment, plus social and recreation impacts.
We have been reassured by the Minister for Planning that we will be consulted and kept informed.
We also expect residents will have the opportunity to have their say and attend information sessions organised by the VRC and Greenland during a forthcoming consultation period.
We will provide a submission to this consultation on behalf of the Moonee Valley community and we are committed to helping residents stay informed, ensure they understand the process and how to have their say.
This webpage will be updated as and when we receive information.
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