I am puzzled. Your elected council puts into it's laws a height limit, say four stories. A developer wishes to build something eighteen stories high. It should stop there. The developer needs to look in another city area that allows eighteen stories. But no, the developer lodges the application which the council naturally is obliged to reject.
The developer takes the matter to VCAT and although often VCAT goes against a council decision, in this case they did not. The matter ends up in the Supreme Court which has yet to make a decision. In the meantime, the developer lodges an ammended plan for an eight story building, still above the height limit, but this is his fall back position.
But no matter which way the court goes, why does it get past an automatic rejection by council? I know the legal reasons why, but where is the logic?
We have heard so many promises from our state government about planning issues, but until they stop this nonsense, who is going to believe them?