Singing from same song sheet

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

QUES­TIONS have been asked about the sub­mis­sions re­ceived by the City of Melville for its re­view of part of the Can­ning Bridge Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre Plan.

The City re­ceived 87 sub­mis­sions as part of its re­view of the H4 area, which in­cluded pro­pos­als re­lat­ing to lot sizes, build­ing height and mez­za­nine lev­els.

At Tues­day’s brief­ing ses­sion, coun­cil­lor Ni­cholas Pa­zolli said 21 of the sub­mis­sions were neari­den­ti­cal to one form and 32 were near-iden­ti­cal to another form.

The sub­mis­sions have been kept con­fi­den­tial, with the City cit­ing pri­vacy as a pri­or­ity.

City strate­gic ur­ban plan­ning man­ager Gavin Pon­ton said some sub­mis­sions were sim­i­lar but they had come from sep­a­rate en­ti­ties.

In his re­port, Mr Pon­ton said there were mixed re­sponses to the pro­posed amend­ments, with 57 of the 87 sub­mis­sions show­ing sup­port for the plan as it cur­rently stood and want­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion on “in­ter­pre­ta­tion of terms and mi­nor amend­ments to im­prove the plan”.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Marten Tiele­man said the in­clu­sion of an ad­dress was not a re­quire­ment to make a sub­mis­sion to an amend­ment to the ac­tiv­ity cen­tre plan but the City would con­sider the value of adding an ad­dress field when invit­ing on­line sub­mis­sions.

“In­di­vid­u­als sub­mit­ting mu­tual or repet­i­tive sub­mis­sions is com­mon dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, so there is no con­cern with the fact that some sub­mis­sions are repet­i­tive,” he said.

“Repet­i­tive sub­mis­sions were re­ceived both in sup­port and in op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed amend­ments.”

Mr Tiele­man said he was con­fi­dent the sub­mis­sions came from dif­fer­ent sources.

The City ad­min­is­tra­tion has rec­om­mended the coun­cil ap­prove in­clud­ing ref­er­ences to nat­u­ral ground level and fin­ished floor lev­els in re­la­tion to build­ing height and adding a def­i­ni­tion of mez­za­nine.

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