Update 31/08/2020

The Minister for Planning in June 2019 wrote to the Advisory Committee directing they defer the Directions Hearing and Hearing until after the Minister’s assessment on North East Link Project was issued.

In August 2020, the Minister wrote to the Advisory Committee confirming the assessment on North East Link had been issued and that the Committee may proceed considering this matter subject to a second Addendum to its Terms of Reference.

The second Addendum directs the Committee to consider an updated 2020 consultation draft Land Use Framework Plan and updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment (C125mann) and Development Plan for private development at the Yarra Valley Country Club.

The Minister has asked that the Committee exhibit these updated materials, receive submissions and conduct public hearings before making recommendations to him on the future of this precinct.

You can find more information about how to make a submission (or an additional submission) below.

Introduction

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has prepared an updated (2020) consultation draft of the Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Land Use Framework Plan. The draft plan recommends future land uses and connections for a section of the Yarra River encompassing parts of Bulleen, Heidelberg and Lower Templestowe.

While the 2020 consultation draft is largely the same as the 2019 draft, important updates have been made to reflect the impacts and status of the North East Link, amended plans for the Yarra Valley Country Club site and the findings of the Bulleen-Banyule Flats Cultural Values Study undertaken by the Traditional Owners for the study area - the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people.

Consistent with the 2019 draft, the 2020 consultation draft recommends:

  • a continuous open space connection on the eastern (Manningham) side of the river
  • new pedestrian and cycling links, better connection to the river and improved north-south access
  • new pedestrian and cycling bridges across the river with stronger physical connections to the Heidelberg activity centre
  • an expanded cultural precinct - building on the Heide Museum of Modern Art - and places for new cultural facilities
  • delivery of new open space, recreation and conservation areas, ecological connections and revegetation
  • investigation of road network and access improvements, including the widening of Templestowe Road.

An updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment to the Manningham Planning Scheme (C125mann) and Development Plan for private development at the Yarra Valley Country Club has also been prepared and referred to the Committee.

Yarra River - Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Advisory Committee to provide strategic and statutory planning advice on the the draft Framework Plan and associated draft Planning Scheme Amendment. The work of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference (and the two later Addendums to the Terms), which you can find in the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

The Committee is comprised of the following Members:

  • Con Tsotsoros (Chair)
  • Lorina Nervegna
  • Greg Sharpley
  • Michael Malouf

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies.

You can find more information about the Advisory Committee process below, including how to make a submission and appearing at a Hearing.

Draft Land Use Framework Plan

Proposed Planning Scheme Amendment

Advisory Committee Process

May – June 2019 Exhibition and Submissions

In May 2019, an invitation was extended for the public to make a submission to the Advisory Committee over a 20 day business period on any or all parts of the 2019 draft Framework Plan and Planning Scheme Amendments. Submissions closed on Friday 7 June 2019. You can find the submissions received in 2019 below:

Current Public Exhibition (August 2020)

The updated 2020 consultation draft Framework Plan and updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Development Plan for the Yarra Valley Country Club will be on public exhibition for 20 business days between Monday 31 August and 5.00pm on Friday 25 September 2020.

You are invited to make a submission to the Advisory Committee during this time. Submissions should be made on the online submission form below and must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 25 September 2020.

When making your submission, you can nominate to be heard at the Advisory Committee’s Public Hearing. If you make a submission, you will be notified about the timing and format of the Hearing after the exhibition period has closed.

Anyone seeking to be heard at the Hearing must submit a written submission and indicate on the submission form that they would like to be heard at the hearing.

Previous submitters

If you provided a submission during the May – June 2019 exhibition period, your submission will be considered by the Advisory Committee. While previous submitters can update their previous submission, there is no requirement to do so.

If you would like to comment on the new information, you can make a new submission through the online submission form below by 5.00pm on Friday 25 September 2020.

Submitters who previously requested to be heard at the Hearing will be invited to resubmit their requests and will be notified about the timing and location of the hearing after the exhibition period has closed.

Public Briefing

A public briefing was held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at the Manningham Function Centre (699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster).

The purpose of the briefing was to present an overview of the proposals and information on the Advisory Committee process.

Directions Hearing

The Advisory Committee will conduct a Directions Hearing by video conference on Wednesday 14 October 2020. Further information will be provided after the exhibition period.

The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:

  • consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
  • make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
  • answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.

Public Hearing

The Hearing will be held in the week commencing Monday 9 November 2020 and will run for approximately five days. A timetable for the Hearing will be produced after the Directions Hearing.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Hearing is open for anyone to watch.

Report

The Advisory Committee is required to submit its written recommendations to the Minister for Planning as soon as practicable but no later than 30 business days from the completion of its Public Hearing

Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au

Make your submission

You are invited to make a submission to the Advisory Committee on the updated 2020 consultation draft plan and updated draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Development Plan for the Yarra Valley Country Club. Submissions are invited between Monday 31 August and 5.00pm on Friday 25 September 2020 and should be lodged using the submission form below.

Each submission is a public document.

You must read the Privacy Collection Statement provided below prior to lodging your submission.

You must make a written submission if you wish to make a presentation at the Public Hearing and indicate on the submission form that you would like to be heard at the hearing.

Please contact Planning Panels Victoria at 03 8624 5714 if you need to make a hard-copy submission or have issues lodging your submission on the form below. Please note that electronic submissions are preferred.

This Privacy Collection Statement relates to all submissions collected in relation to the Yarra River – Bulleen Precinct Advisory Committee (“the Advisory Committee”). Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative services to the Advisory Committee.

PPV is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and submissions will be managed in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy. The Department’s Information Privacy Policy is online at https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/doing-business-with-us/information-privacy.

Use of your submission

Your submission has been collected by the Advisory Committee for the purpose of helping to develop its advice to the Minister for Planning in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

Natural justice to participants and transparency are important parts of the Advisory Committee process. In meeting its legislative requirements and complying with the Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee may do the following with your submission:

  • Publish a copy of your submission, in its entirety, on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website as required
  • The name of the submitter
  • The submitter’s name and address as required.
  • Provide a copy of your submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Local Councils, Government Agencies and other parties (submitters) to the process
  • Provide a copy of your personal contact details to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning if needed for notification of Ministerial decisions
  • Display a copy of your submission in the Planning Panels Victoria Office
  • Display a copy of your submission at relevant Local Council, Local Library or Government Offices as appropriate
  • If a Public Hearing is to be held, display a copy of your submission in the Hearing room.

Publication of your personal information on the Internet

The Advisory Committee Report will be published on the internet and may include:

  • The name of the submitter
  • The submitter’s name and address as required.
  • Direct quotes from some of the submission

Planning Panels Victoria will remove your submission from the web pages that it controls within three months after the Advisory Committee has reported. Planning Panels Victoria cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.

Hearing of submissions

If a Hearing is required it may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video link or a combination of these. You should be aware the Advisory Committee may:

  • broadcast submissions and proceedings live on the internet
  • record submissions and proceedings
  • make the recording available on request to submitters and parties to the Hearing and third parties
  • publish the recording on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website
  • use your phone contact details to contact you during a telephone/video hearing as is necessary.

The Advisory Committee will direct that parties do not record online hearings or use them for any other purpose. However, the Advisory Committee is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online Hearings, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing context cannot be regulated by the Advisory Committee.

All participants are reminded that during the Advisory Committee process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.

After the Inquiry and Advisory Committee has reported

After the Advisory Committee has reported to the Minister for Planning your submission will be removed from all public display within three months.

Your original submission and any additional material provided to the Advisory Committee will be held at Planning Panels Victoria for two years and then sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submission and other material held by Planning Panels Victoria will be securely destroyed.

If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact Planning Panels Victoria on Planning.Panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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NOTE: Expert Witness Reports are due at least five business days before the Hearing commences. What is an expert witness? An expert witness gives evidence in a particular field of expertise. They are required to circulate Expert Witness Reports and may be subject to cross examination at the Hearing

More information

For information on the draft Framework Plan or associated planning scheme amendment, please contact:

Planning Implementation, DELWP
Phone: (03) 8683 0920
Email: planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au

For information on the Advisory Committee and Public Hearing Process and making a submission, please contact:

Amy Selvaraj, Planning Panels Victoria
Phone: (03) 8624 5714
Email: planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au