Casey Amendment C219: Changes to Cranbourne West
Casey Planning Scheme Amendment C219 (the Amendment) seeks to re-zone approximately 133 hectares of land under the Cranbourne West Precinct Structure Plan. The Cranbourne West Precinct Structure Plan (CWPSP), identifies the PSP land for a mix of industrial and residential uses, with the majority of land being for industrial. The proposed amendment proposes to change the current mix to residential uses. The planning panel report is currently with the planning authority who will review and address any short comings.
The Council propsoed to remove the land north of Central Parkway/Wedge Road and place the Amendment on public exhibition. Council submitted that the Amendment land is unlikely to be developed for employment purposes other than for small-scale development similar to that evident in the northern part of the precinct. A number of state agencies opposed the rezoning on the basis that the changes were not strategically justified and were inconsistent with regional and metropolitan strategies. Submissions from local residents were split equally in favour and against the Amendment. Those supporting the Amendment expressed concern about the amenity impacts of heavy vehicles and pollution from industry. Those in support expressed the need for local jobs and the inconsistency with the planning for the area.
The Panel concluded:
· There is sufficient medium to long-term industrial land supply in the Southern region if the Amendment is approved.
· The approval of the Amendment would have only a minor impact on the supply of industrial land in the Southern region.
· The constraints on the land, particularly its proximity to residential land, will make it difficult to attract some industrial uses.
· The constraints on the land do not make it unsuitable for all forms of employment use.
· The Amendment land is suitable for residential development.
CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG CLAUSE 22.06 ENVIONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
Amendment C201, Environmentally Sustainable Development currently under exhibition seeks to introduce Clause 22.06 Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) into the Local Planning Policy to the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme.
The purpose is to ensure that development achieves best practice in environmental sustainability from the design stage through to construction. The policy aim is to improve sustainable design outcomes and minimise costs associated with poor design including long term operational costs for new residential and non residential buildings.
The ESD Policy proposes to introduce objectives in relation to Energy performance, Water resources, Indoor environment quality, Stormwater Management, Transport, Waste management and Urban Ecology. Planning permit applications will need to include a Sustainable Design Assessment or a Sustainability Management Plan, as determined by the size of a development.
Changing Employment trends Census 2016
The 2016 Census data has revealed a number of changing key trends how we work and how we live within the capital cities. Census Place of Work data reveals the following:
· Over 900,000 new jobs were created in metro Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide between 2011 and 2016.
· Majority were in the Health care & social assistance industry (153,900), Education & training employment (104,200),
· While the major capital cities thrived, the rest of Australia saw a moderate increase of 5,400 jobs.
· Melbourne experienced strong growth in employment, largely in Health care & social assistance (23 per cent) and Education & training (15 per cent). In addition Accommodation & food services and Professional services was also a large contributor to Melbourne’s employment.
· In Adelaide almost 50 per cent of employment growth was in Health care & social assistance. Adelaide’s economy has shifted from manufacturing industries to population serving industries.
Source: ABS Census of Population and Housing (2006, 2011 & 2016)
WHAT CAN WE TAKE AWAY?
Businesses are choosing to locate in high productive inner city areas resulting in increased growth in metro areas of the capital cities. Employment in both Sydney and Melbourne has become more concentrated in the inner city over the last 10 years. The concentration of jobs is creating economic benefits to businesses as they have greater access to higher skilled employees. As more people choose to live close to high quality employment, pressure on housing and transport will only increase. The new economy is also showing sign of change reflecting an ageing population and the lifestyle choices offered.
The new buzz word is ‘Employment and innovation Clusters.’ The VPA has identified seven clusters, which aim to center business activity around medical, research and tertiary institutions. Interlocked with these clusters will be transport options and housing options.