Vic - Wantirna South's Rembrandts site rezoned to allow priority development without public consultation
- REPOSTED FROM: Knox Leader
- August 12, 2013
WANTIRNA South's Rembrandts site has been rezoned without the usual public consultation to allow a development that includes a major hotel and leisure complex.
The decision means the land could be developed into a mix of office, retail, residential, education, leisure and hotel use up to eight storeys high - with no need for public notice and nearby residents having no right of appeal to VCAT.
Rembrandt's new owner, Samuel Sun, who also runs the Golden Pebble hotel and convention centre in Wantirna, said he had "no idea" what plans were proposed for the Burwood Highway site, which is next to the busy St Andrew's Christian College and close to homes in Tyner Rd.
"We haven't decided anything yet," Mr Sun said.
According to a 2011 council report on the rezoning, owners wanted to be able to build up to 12 storeys high but this was rejected by the council as it was "too great a departure" to implement without public consultation.
The council's city development director, Angelo Kourambas, said the rezoning was referred to the State Government because it was consistent with the Knox Central Urban Design Framework which had "already gone through a major consultation process" when it was adopted in 2005.
Mr Kourambas said the council had not received any planning applications since the site was rezoned.
The Rembrandt's Triangle, as it is now known, is only part of the land along Burwood Highway earmarked for major redevelopment as part of the Knox Central plan, which affects land from Stud Rd back to Scoresby Rd.
Other land affected includes Morgan's Paints
and Nelson's 382 Restaurant.