Glen Eira zoning scheme has homeowners up in arms

Anger is mounting over the Glen Eira Council’s planning scheme with homeowners worried ab

Anger is mounting over the Glen Eira Council’s planning scheme with homeowners worried about the future of the suburb. Picture: Chris Eastman

GLEN Eira residents angry at the pace and density of residential development in their streets are demanding the council review the planning scheme.

Residents used a planning forum in Bentleigh to slam the city’s reformed residential zones and council’s lack of community ­consultation.

They now want councillors to review and amend the planning scheme.

To amend the residential zones the council must approach Victoria’s planning minister.

The four councillors who attended the forum, among them new mayor Jim Magee, were told the State Government and Glen Eira Council’s claims the zones would offer a new era of protection were a farce for those in the higher density General Residential Zone and Residential Growth Zone.

Others in the protected Neighbourhood Residential Zone said they were still adversely affected by three and four-storey developments just doors away.

“Why has Glen Eira Council identified areas even 1km away from transport corridors for this increased density?’’ a resident asked.

A Bentleigh resident of more than 30 years and traffic engineer said: “I can’t see streets coping with traffic and parking levels’’.

Concerns were raised for packed schools and others accused the council of siding with developers.

Cr Magee argued height limits were brought in to protect the city from inappropriate development and was heckled when he said the zones were not to blame for the pace of development in areas such as Carnegie, McKinnon and Bentleigh.

And last week Baysiders blasted their council’s management of residential growth at a special meeting.

About 120 people packed the Brighton chambers to voice concern over residential growth zones. The meeting was held to discuss a recent State Government about-face on zoning of parts of Highett, Cheltenham, Hampton East and Brighton East.

The Liberals have said they would now not demand the council ­include quiet residential streets such as Major St in Highett as areas for intense development. Labor plans to rejig the whole zoning system if they win power next week.

Kingston council has yet to adopt the new zones.

The Glen Eira Residents Association is petitioning the council for change at