Planning Panels

Planning panels are a means of providing public participation in the planning and environmental decision making process. They provide independent assessment of planning proposals through the consideration of submissions, the conduct of hearings and the preparation of reports. Planning panels are advisory and make recommendations, with the final decision making being left to the appropriate statutory bodies or the Minister.

The role of a panel is to:

  • give submitters an opportunity to be heard in an informal, non-judicial manner
  • give expert advice to the planning authority (usually the local council) or the Minister about a planning proposal
  • inquire into all aspects of the proposal and submissions.

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Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C124 – FMAC Structure Plan Stage 2

Following the Panel Hearing held at the Frankston Civic Centre on 13 April 2018, the Panel has recommended that Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C124 be adopted as exhibited subject to the following changes:

  1. Amend Design and Development Overlay Schedule 5 as shown in the Panel preferred version in Appendix C of this report.
  2. Amend zoning maps to correct the incorrect application of the Residential Growth Zone and Design and Development Overlay Schedule 12 to 35R Beach Street and the Fletcher Road Reserve.
  3. Amend the relevant requirements in Clause 2.0 Buildings and Works in the Design and Development Overlay Schedules 12 and 13 to read:

    For buildings of more than 2 storeys above natural ground level, the wall/s of the storey/s above second storey should be setback from the floor below a minimum of 2.5 metres to the street and rear. Balconies may encroach into the setback.

    At grade car parking areas should be located away from street interfaces and not within front setback. Landscaping should be incorporated within at grade car parking areas.

    Utilities and services should not be located within the street frontage and should be screened.

  4. Correct any minor spelling errors within the Design and Development Overlays.

Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C111 - FMAC Parking Precinct Plan and Parking Overlay Implementation

Following the Panel Hearing held at the Frankston Civic Centre on 19 and 20 October 2017, the Panel has recommended that Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C111 be adopted as exhibited subject to the following changes:

  1. Delete the motor cycle parking rates in Clause 3 of Schedule 1 to the Parking Overlay.
  2. Delete the requirement for a Car Parking Management Plan in Clause 4 of Schedule 1 to the Parking Overlay.
  3. Modify the wording in Schedule 1 to the Parking Overlay to accord with the Panel preferred version as shown in Appendix B in Attached Report.

Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C123 - FMAC Structure Plan Implementation Stage 1

Following the Panel Hearing held at the Frankston Civic Centre on Thursday 10 November, the Panel has recommended that Frankston Planning Scheme Amendment C123 be adopted as exhibited subject to the following changes:

  1. Amend the Precinct Map in Clause 5.1-1 of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone, as shown in Appendix B, to designate the western and southern boundaries of Precinct 1B as ‘sensitive interface’ areas.

  2. Amend the Precinct objectives in Clause 5.1-2 of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone, as shown in Appendix B, to include the following: To ensure that development along the western and southern boundaries of Sub-precinct 1B responds to the sensitive interfaces with Kananook Creek and the surrounding foreshore and established residential areas.

  3. Amend the Precinct guidelines in Clause 5.4-1 of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone, as shown in Appendix B, to include guidelines (to be developed by Frankston City Council) that guide development in the sensitive interface areas of Precinct 1B.

  4. Amend the Precinct objectives in Clause 5.2-2 of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone, as shown in Appendix B, to include the following: To ensure that use and development is responsive to current and planned railway operations, having regard to the primacy of the transport purpose of the railway land.

  5. Include the following application requirement in Clause 6.0 of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone, as shown in Appendix B: VicTrack land – potential contamination An application for a sensitive use (residential use, child care centre, pre-school centre or primary school), or the construction or carrying out of buildings and works in association with a sensitive use, on land owned or formerly owned by VicTrack must be accompanied by an Environmental Site Assessment detailing the likelihood of contamination on the land, to the satisfaction of the responsible authority.

  6. Make other policy neutral drafting changes shown in Appendix B to this Report to improve the operation of Schedule 1 to the Activity Centre Zone.

Contact Us

Strategic Planning Unit
Frankston City Council
PO Box 490
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322
E. info@frankston.vic.gov.au

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