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Bell and Moreland Planning Scheme Amendment Q and A

10 Aug 2018

  • What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?
    • A Planning Scheme Amendment is a change to the relevant Planning Scheme (in this instance the Moreland Planning Scheme) to conduct works in the area.

      This process is commonly used for infrastructure projects and has been used for previous level crossing removal projects in Melbourne.

      Before works commence for the removal of the level crossings at Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick, the Level Crossing Removal Authority will make a request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Moreland Planning Scheme.

  • What does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to?
    • Most of the works taking place to remove the level crossings at Bell Street and Moreland Road can take place without amending the Moreland Planning Scheme. The proposed Planning Scheme Amendment will apply to land within the rail corridor as well as any adjacent land temporarily required for construction, car parking and access to the rail corridor.

      The proposed amendment incorporates site specific controls via an incorporated document, meaning the project can progress without the need for additional planning permits, subject to conditions to be met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

      The conditions may include aspects such as local heritage, urban design and environmental management. Other relevant information about the project is available on the Bell Street, Coburg and Moreland Road, Brunswick page.

  • What designs are being considered for the removal of the level crossings?
    • Initial investigations have identified two feasible designs:

      • a rail over road design: raising the rail line over Bell Street and Moreland Road onto an elevated rail line.
      • a rail under road design: lowering the rail line below Bell Street and Moreland Road into an open trench.

      With either design, it is expected that at least one additional level crossing within the vicinity of Bell Street and Moreland Road will also need to be removed due to their close proximity and to meet the required rail grade levels.

      Other designs have been ruled out because they require significant property acquisition, have permanent impacts on the commercial strip, affect access for the tram depot on Moreland Road and impact on future transport upgrades in the area. View more information about the designs under consideration.

  • How can a Planning Scheme Amendment request be submitted when there is not a final design yet?
    • The Planning Scheme sets out objectives, policies and provisions for the use, development and protection of land during the project.

      Regardless of the final design, the proposed incorporated document would put in place specific conditions that will need to be completed to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

  • Why are you seeking submissions?
    • As part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process, the community and other interested parties have an opportunity to provide feedback or raise issues about the project.

      A summary of submissions and feedback received will be provided to the Minister for Planning as part of the formal request for approval of the Planning Scheme Amendment.

  • How is this different to the community consultation process just held?
    • Submissions for the Planning Scheme amendment will be part of the formal request to the Minister for Planning to amend the Moreland Planning Scheme. In addition to the Planning Scheme Amendment, the Level Crossing Removal Authority is seeking feedback from the community on broader aspects of the project.

      This feedback will help the project team better understand what is important to the community and what is important to consider as part of the project. It may include aspects of the project such as more efficient traffic flow, improved safety and better connectivity in the area.
  • Who can make a submission?
    • Any interested parties can make a submission. Letters and submission forms have been mailed to residents and land owners who live in close proximity to the project area.

      However, anyone with an interest in the project is able to make a submission online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

      Major stakeholders in the area such as Moreland City Council, VicRoads and Melbourne Water will be consulted and have the opportunity to provide input on the Planning Scheme Amendment.

  • What can submissions be about?
    • Submissions may provide feedback on the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment or any other aspect of the project such as amenity considerations or construction impacts.

  • How can I provide a submission?
    • You can provide a submission by completing the hard-copy form or online at your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Submissions close at 5:00pm on 7 September 2018.

  • Does the Planning Scheme Amendment apply to heritage sites or assets?
    • The Planning Scheme Amendment, if approved, would not provide approval for works affecting State heritage listed sites or assets.

      Any change to a site or asset on the State Heritage Register requires a permit from Heritage Victoria. If there are any proposed changes to Moreland or Coburg Railway Stations as part of the project, a heritage permit application will be advertised and you will have an opportunity to provide submissions to Heritage Victoria.

  • Where can I find more information?
    • Information about the project and Planning Scheme Amendment is available on our online engagement hub Your Level Crossing or by calling 1800 105 105.

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