Councillors Reluctantly Agree to VPA

Bayside Council has accepted a $4.65 million windfall for the local community but it comes at a price.

Councillors have reluctantly voted to sign a letter of offer for a Voluntary Planning Agreement with the Crown Group for 19A Evans Avenue Eastlake.

Before agreeing to comply with the deadline of Friday 18 December 2020, each Councillor made it very clear they were only voting yes because they did not want the community to miss out.

Bayside Mayor Joe Awada said the Council had always opposed the over development of the Eastlakes site which was approved by the State Government under the former Part 3A approval system (now known as State Significant Development).

“If we failed to sign the agreement the community still get the massive overdevelopment but not the money or any benefits,” he said. 

“We are not anti-development and the Eastlakes area certainly needs to be revitalised, but the monstrosity proposed by Crown is not good planning,” he said.

“It was a tough decision, on principle you want to decline it, but S4.65 million will certainly provide some benefits and minor compensation to the community.

“We had no choice.  The State Government has put us in a position where we have no control over the approval process.”

Four modifications to the project have been lodged and approved by the Department which has seen the height and density of the original proposal increased.

The Voluntary Planning Agreement includes:

  • Works in Kind – Public domain upgrades surrounding the site capped at $100,000
  • $1.55 million cash contribution to go towards the upgrade of community facilities and/or public spaces within a 2km radius of the site, allocated at the discretion of council
  • And $3 million cash contribution towards an Affordable Housing Fund in accordance with Bayside Council’s Affordable Housing Program Tenancy Policy.

 

Published on: Thu, 17/12/2020 - 09:37
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