A PROPOSAL for a huge 22-storey building on Young Street will be considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The 89 Young Street development is proposed to stand close to 74 metres tall, around 26 metres more than the preferred height limit for that area outlined in the council’s 2023 FMAC structure plan.
The deadline for a council response to the proposal has passed, and the developer has applied to have VCAT consider the plan instead. At a meeting last week, Frankston councillors unanimously voted to flag their opposition to the proposal. Although the decision has been taken out of its hands, council will notify VCAT of its disapproval.
The motion was passed by council last week without debate.
The planned development will consist of 179 dwellings, three retail premises and nine commercial offices. A report prepared by council officers read that the proposal is “too aspirational for the site.”
“The development fails to meet side and rear setback requirements in the FMAC structure plan (2023) and would not allow for adequate access to daylight and outlook for future dwellings on neighbouring and surrounding land. The FMAC structure plan (2023) envisions Playne Street to be developed as a spacious, green street connecting the arts centre to the foreshore supporting a range of activities including outdoor dining, retail and incidental gathering spaces. The building would cast a shadow over the footpath on the southern side of Playne Street between 10am and 12pm, compromising the future vision for the precinct. While large, the site is not of a scale and location that can support a project of this scale,” council officers wrote.
“The applicant has also sought review of council’s failure to determine the application within 60 statutory days. As previously advised by officers, it is often difficult to determine major or more complex applications within the statutory timeframe, particularly where there is ongoing liaison about potential design issues/changes.”