The head of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, VCAT is studying ways to make the tribunal more efficient and a better experience for those who use it.
Here are a few of my thoughts.
Respect the wishes of local people via their council. While aspects of 2030 override local council planning rules, the local council should still be listened to and respected. More importantly where 2030 does not override council planning rules, then that is is the end of the matter and VCAT will throw any developer submission straight out. If it breaches the rules, there is no point in a developer going to VCAT.
Height limits are height limits. End of matter. Height limits that can be breached are wrong, including suggested height limits. Are you reading this too Planning Minister Justin Madden? Do not ruin the eastern end of Bourke and Collins Street with the very inappropriate monstrously tall development behind the Windsor Hotel.
Ensure the scale of a building fits into its surrounds. This proposed one, Maxx Apartments, for the corner of Alma St Kilda Roads appears not to do so. While I am not suggested homogeneity, streetscapes need to be taken into account when looking at proposed buildings or alterations.
Do not allow a a team of barristers hired by a developer to go up against amateur local residents.
Lastly, keep this in mind when making decisions.
Developers are usually before you to maximise their profits.
Local residents are before you to save what they perceive as their local amenity, that is the are where they now live and possibly will for many years. They may suffer the negative consequences of your decisions for as long as they live.
Activists such as those fighting to Save Lonsdale House or Save the Windsor are fighting for the greater good, usually without a personal interest.
Developer profits against altruism, I reckon.