Tell us what you think of the residential principles

almost 2 years ago
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  • Guthriec almost 2 years ago
    These are a good initiative, but ultimately the guidelines should be enforceable. Some other comments:-Should be more on sustainability, and design for passive heating and cooling-residential and commercial buildings of a certain scale should be required to be designed by registered architect (not a developer and draftsperson)-not sure why flat roofs are discouraged? Caulfield has many fine mid century houses with flat roofs that contribute to its character. Some newer houses are OK too. Design quality is more important than a particular form
  • DeniseU almost 2 years ago
    While the design principles are a good start they don't go far enough on key issues especially overshadowing and height restrictions. Think the new complex going up on Koornang Rd south of Neerim at the end of the row of shops - I feel so sorry for those next door - it is a business but it is also a house -massive overshadowing. Also what about energy reduction, noise reduction, emissions, solar power, water management, green star ratings? This is a great opportunity to encourage or mandate solar through these principles. Especially large apartment blocks with roof space to accommodate powering at least common areas and carparks. I live in a relatively new larger apartment development and as a committee member we have issues related to waste management as the council will not pick up waste. We pay for it ourselves. This includes rubbish and Recycle but NOT green waste. You want these garden principles but green waste also needs to be addressed. Power and waste impacts body corporate costs so if you want to encourage higher density housing these help reduce Body corp fees and ongoing viability of living in such buildings. Ultimately they then need to be enforced or what is the point?!
  • w m almost 2 years ago
    I can't see any mention of sustainable development within the principles - can we have a greater focus on passive design principles to reduce energy use and emissions? Developments ideally need to take into account site orientation, thermal insulation - including continuous insulation, shading, ventilation, window design (including window insulation), solar panels, water management, including recycling capabilities. Rather than expressing a preference for side-by-side developments of standard blocks in res areas, we might ideally be encouraging northern orientation of both units where possible (as an example). Absorbent garden spaces with limited reliance on hard surfaces that re-route water could also be encouraged. None of the many pictures or sketches of housing in the consultation design principles doc include houses with solar panels. This is a real opportunity to encourage and support developments that have a reduced impact on our environment so I hope we can use it well. Numerous other design principles are managed well in the consultation doc.
  • DJD almost 2 years ago
    The overall principles are fine, but there needs to be appropriate planning legislation in place to ensure they are implemented and enforceable so they cannot be challenged and over ruled at VCAT.There also needs to be definitive legislation in place that prohibits loopholes being exploited - such as the application for the 19 storey 'independent living units' / 'retirement village' = apartment tower on the Calvary Bethlehem site on Kooyong Road.The principles will be worthless unless there is some means, and a will by Council, to ensure they are implemented by residents and developers constructing residential dwellings in Glen Eira.
  • RoseAnt almost 2 years ago
    There needs to be a minimum floor area specified for apartments and rules to avoid detriment to balcony open space due to poor location of aircon. units and hotwater services.
  • Kent Brockman almost 2 years ago
    There doesn't appear much to address environmentally sustainable design principles in buildings here, apart from 'Long lasting, integral materials' which might reflect materials that can be re-used. Like others commenting, I'd like to see reference to reducing impact on the environment through energy and water efficiency, and use of materials, and retaining shade trees with a useful life.
  • hihellee almost 2 years ago
    There needs to be 3m height restrictions on boundary trees to prevent shadowing onto neighbouring properties.
  • Isaac Chizik almost 2 years ago
    More detailed and clear requirements are needed for the landscaping and tree protections. A clear regulatory mechanism is needed to enforce these commitments on developer ensuring they can not provide one design to obtain a permit but then execute a different design that ultimately lacks community features including, greenery and landscaping on the street front. Minimum set backs should be enshrined into the law, to ensure increasing density is concentrated towards increasing building height and not filling every inch of the block. I agree with other comments that energy efficiency (PV, insulation, window frontage direction, rain tanks etc) needs to be added. Finally, significant and established canopy trees need protection from developers, with finical penalties which actually present a deter any to multi million dollar development. Green walls/roofs should be mandated on all new large apartment developments.
  • Lorraine almost 2 years ago
    I think developers rule. No eaves, no double glazing. Use every bit of land reduce water table. Trees under stress due to more concrete and less land to absorb water. Cheap walls. Currently we don't have clear requirements or guidelines that can be enforced. Even if you do VCAT will simply overrule. Cheap cladding, cheap materials....the list of the squeeze on quality and the ensuing environmental impact to ensure profit margins is mind blowing. Developers need to pay a fee to improve the local environment. This is the main problem, not the occasional ugly house....
  • Mark K almost 2 years ago
    The report does not adequately address, or not at all, the following issues:1. The quality design principles have totally omitted energy efficiency.2. Service infrastructure necessary for different building types3. Impact of higher density on infrastructure4. Issues of mixed building types sharing the same infrastructure5. Processes and mechanism for compliance with design principles