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Mentone protected by new development controls

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October 13, 2014

• New rules to limit building heights in central Mentone
• Preserves Mentone’s character while encouraging appropriate development
• Supports Kingston Council’s Mentone Structure Plan, developed in consultation with local community

Central Mentone will be protected from inappropriate development following the approval of new height controls by the Napthine Coalition Government.

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

“Mentone Activity Centre is already a place of local significance, with its magnificent heritage buildings and beautiful railway gardens,” Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.

“This planning scheme amendment will give clear direction to the types of development residents and businesses can expect to see as part of the revitalization.”

Local Members of Parliament, Murray Thompson MP and Lorraine Wreford MP, emphasised the importance of maintaining local neighbourhood character.

“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, Member for Sandringham, said.

Ms Wreford praised the protection of the important local hub.

“Maintaining and protecting Melbourne’s famed liveability involves important local measures like the protection of Mentone’s character,” Ms Wreford, Member for Mordialloc, said.

The new amendment introduces permanent building height and setback controls for the Mentone Activity Centre in keeping with the existing character of the centre.

“The vision for Mentone as a vibrant modern day village is now a step closer. We are doing this while ensuring inappropriate development in central Mentone is ruled out,” said Ms Wreford.

Ms Wreford warned against Labor’s planning free-for-all.
“Labor would take us back to their anything-goes Melbourne 2030 policy,” Ms Wreford said.

“Only the Napthine Coalition Government will protect Melbourne’s unique suburban character.”

The new amendment introduces permanent building height and setback controls for the Mentone Activity Centre in keeping with the existing character of the centre.
City of Kingston Planning Scheme Amendment C160 will be gazetted shortly.