Sunday, 15 September 2013

WA Monash Council gives support to zoning reforms for former school sites


WA Monash Council gives support to zoning reforms for former school sites

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Monash councillor and Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance member Jieh-Yung Lo says the former Clayton Primary School site should be rezoned for housing. Picture: Stuart Milligan. Source: News Limited

THREE former school sites could be turned into mixed-use housing developments after Monash Council gave its support to State Government zoning reforms.
The council tabled its submission to the Government's Surplus Land Rezoning Project, supporting residential development plans for the former Brandon Park Secondary College, Clayton West Primary School and Monash Special Developmental School sites.
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But any development may be delayed at the Oakleigh South Primary School site because of "minor contaminants", while the council has asked the Government to defer rezoning of the former Clayton Primary School land until it is proven to be safe for residential use.
Cr Jieh-Yung Lo, a member of the Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance, said he hoped the Government would reserve at least one of the sites for affordable and social housing.
He said the sites had the potential to cut public housing waiting lists in Melbourne's east.
"Residential development makes a lot of sense given a lot of the school sites are close to public transport and close to a lot of other services," Cr Lo said.
"I, for one, would like to see affordable and social housing, where there's a partnership between Government and council."
In June, there were more than 4000 people on the public housing waiting list in the eastern metropolitan region.
The council's report noted the Monash Special Developmental School site could be appropriate for student accommodation and said a four-storey development would be suitable on the Clayton West land.
One resident submission asked the council to buy the Oakleigh South site, while a petition called for the site to be maintained as public open space.
Works to remove the contaminants at the site are ongoing, with a further report to be presented to the council soon.
Cr Robert Davies said he hoped open space would be preserved on some of the sites, saying "just because we have the land, it doesn't mean we have to have development on it".
The council expects the Government will try to achieve the best financial return possible for the land.
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