The C270 review process is still underway and in the meantime developers and their design teams are working hard to prepare schemes that comply with the stringent controls.
Urbis has undertaken a review of major central city projects that have been recently approved or are under assessment. While these projects are delivering design quality and improving amenity, the designs have relied heavily on the discretionary aspects of the planning controls. Without the ability for planners to apply their discretion when assessing certain design elements (e.g. setback distances), it is questionable whether these projects would remain viable.
While calls to tighten planning controls or make them more ‘black and white’ are popular and appealing, the current crop of projects prove that the system’s allowance for discretion is working and should be expanded, rather than further diminished.
Melbourne is a city of great design and we are blessed with talented architects that make a positive contribution to our public realm. Government should acknowledge this by providing a planning framework that truly enables site responsive outcomes and rewards innovation. This is especially important in Melbourne’s central city; the economic engine room of Victoria.
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