When the original development proposal came out for 2 Bowen Cres, I lodged a ‘complaint’ with the City of Port Phillip. My major concerns were
- They had asked for exemption for full number of parking bays required by Council
- Apartment sizes were very small but within Council requirements
- Traffic flow during construction would be an issue
- The developer’s wind expert had recommended some treatments to reduce the wind tunneling impact. I requested that those recommendations were adopted.
I also requested that the developer make a contribution towards improving the park.
Tonight I attended a ‘mediation session’, attended by around 7 residents, the developer, the developer’s team and City of PP members.
- Bays have been increased from 206 to 223 – now meeting council minimum
- Apartment sizes unchanged
- Traffic flow is not a planning issue but is an issue that must be addressed if / when they get their planning permit. At that time they need (with other things) a traffic management plan
- They had incorporated all recommendations by wind expert.
Developer also said that most optimistic start time is mid-2017 and most optimistic development time is 2 years, but all is dependent on selling apartments. He didn’t comment on the park and City of PP said it is not mandatory.
He also said that the car park now only has 215 bays operational
Guy that owns the TAB building was also there and not happy about 18 storey building being built – but again it is within council guidelines.
Next step is Planning Committee mtg on September 20.