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New planning laws to save the character of Sandringham

A Liberal Government will introduce strict new planning rules within its first 100 days of office, to protect the liveability and character of suburbs such as Beaumaris, Black Rock, Sandringham, Hampton, Cheltenham, Mentone and Highett.

Melbourne can’t keep growing the way it currently is, our city needs to have the right growth in the right places, not a one size fits all free for all.

As soon as they took office, Daniel Andrews and Labor watered down strict planning protections. This has led to a free for all of inappropriate development in many local suburban streets.

Labor’s changes have not only sacrificed strict planning rules and neighbourhood character controls, they have caused more congestion on local roads that is choking our city.

A Liberal Nationals Government will restore the protections to residential suburbs removed by Daniel Andrews and Labor.

We will reverse the damaging aspects of Labor’s changes, specifically:

  • Reintroduce the two dwelling limit on lots in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone
  • Reduce the building height in parts of the Neighbourhood Residential Zone
  • Bring back the 9 metre discretionary height limit in the General Residential Zone
  • Reviewing the ‘Garden Area’ rule to make it more sensible and workable

These changes are so important to protect our quality of life that an elected Liberal Government will introduce them in its first 100 days.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning, David Davis:

“Daniel Andrews has made changes to our planning laws that are now choking our suburbs with unplanned overdevelopment.

Labor’s plan to allow high density development on all parts of Melbourne is creating more pressure on our lifestyles and families.

At the next election, local voters will have a chance to send Daniel Andrews a strong message and reject Labor’s rules that allow this sort of unplanned overdevelopment in Bayside.

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Sandringham, Brad Rowswell:

“Only a Liberal National Government will introduce strict planning rules to protect suburbs like ours from inappropriate overdevelopment.
A Liberal Government will put the brakes on this unplanned overdevelopment and give control back to local residents and local councils.
Victoria needs the right growth in the right places, not allowing anything to be built anywhere.
The unique character of Bayside is what makes living in Melbourne and Victoria so great, but at the moment all of that is at risk with Daniel Andrews’ unplanned overdevelopment.
That’s why I am working hard to make sure an elected Liberal Government will introduce these rules to restore protections from the overdevelopment of our local area.”

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