Brimbank,
26
June
2017
|
02:56
Australia/Melbourne

Another step towards best future use of the Sunshine Municipal Office site

Summary

Council has taken another step towards ensuring the best future use of the former Sunshine Municipal Office site with the adoption of modified planning scheme amendment C126 – Part 2, which rezones the land to General Residential Zone, and also applies the Significant Landscape Overlay and Environment Audit Overlay.

Council has taken another step towards ensuring the best future use of the former Sunshine Municipal Office site with the adoption of modified planning scheme amendment C126 – Part 2, which rezones the land to General Residential Zone, and also applies the Significant Landscape Overlay and Environment Audit Overlay.

Brimbank Deputy Mayor Cr Georgina Papafotiou said that Council’s decision takes into consideration the recommendations of an independent Planning Panel convened by the Minister for Planning, to review unresolved community submissions in relation to the amendment.

“Council is committed to facilitating the highest and best future use of the site and to making sure its special features, including the garden area near the flag poles, is protected. We know this is a priority for the community and we’re confident this outcome will be achieved under the revised planning scheme amendment.”

Land Rezoned

The amendment rezones the land at 6-18 Alexandra Avenue, Sunshine to a General Residential Zone, which is consistent with the neighbouring area, and also consistent with the Brimbank Housing Strategy 2014. Under the General Residential Zone, a planning permit will be required for new use and development.

The west wing of the former Sunshine Municipal Office, which sits on Council land, and contains a large mosaic glass window, visible on the façade of the former civic building, is already protected by an existing Heritage Overlay.

When Council sells the site, the heritage overlay will ensure the protection of the mosaic stained glass window and the ‘y’ shape of the building. Any alteration or demolition of the building will require a planning permit and a detailed assessment of the heritage value.

Original Garden Protected

The amendment also applies a Significant Landscape Overlay Schedule to part of the site, recognising and protecting the original rear garden area. An Environmental Audit Overlay is also applied, to ensure an environmental assessment is made before any new sensitive use, such as housing, takes place on the site.

Council has gone a step further than the Panel recommendations to protect part of the front garden area by removing it from the amendment so that it is retained in Council ownership. The Panel recognised its importance in providing a setting for, and views to the mosaic window and the entry to the former municipal offices.

By modifying the amendment to remove the area from the rezoning, Council has ensured the area with the flagpoles between Alexandra Avenue and the entrance to the building will retain its existing Public Use Zoning. This will ensure that this portion of garden remains in Council ownership, is maintained appropriately in the future, and cannot be developed.

Council’s next step is to forward the modified Brimbank Planning Scheme Amendment C126 – Part 2 to the Minister for Planning for approval. Council will be able to proceed with the sale of this land after ministerial approval of the amendment.

For more information, contact Council’s Strategic Planning Unit on 9249 4000.