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Keep Mentone Marvellous

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February 15, 2016

Murray Thompson, Member for Sandringham, today called upon the Victorian Labor Government to reverse its decision to make height limits  discretionary rather than mandatory in the Mentone Activity Centre.

This decision has been made without regard to the historic features of the precinct, existing levels of development, and the differentiated approach to  Mentone Activity Centre planning to protect the area.

Mr Thompson called upon the Victorian government to keep Mentone marvellous and stop high rise development by re-instating mandatory height limits.

In October 2014 then Minister for Planning Matthew Guy announced new rules to limit building heights in central Mentone. This was done to preserve Mentone’s character whilst also encouraging appropriate development.

The height controls supported the City of Kingston’s Mentone Structure Plan, which would see the area reinvigorated with new public spaces, protection of heritage, enhanced commercial opportunities and traffic and transport improvements.

“With a well-established community, a bustling retail strip, numerous local schools and excellent public transport links Mentone is a classic example of the 20-minute neighbourhood outlined by Plan Melbourne” Mr Thompson said.

The recent decision by the Labor Government has the potential to turn Mentone into a planning “free-for-all”.

 

Media Contact: Murray Thompson (03) 9598 2688