What is the issue?
»Residents of Berwick Springs Estate in Narre Warren South have been voicing their concerns to Council and Council officers opposing the location of an upgraded roundabout at the corner of Greaves Road, and Berwick Springs Promenade in Narre Warren South.
»Residents aired a lack of community consultation as one of the grievances relating to the roundabout upgrade project.
What’s Council’s role?
»The Minister for Planning (through the Victorian Planning Authority) was responsible for the preparation of the Berwick Waterways Precinct Structure Plan (Berwick Waterways PSP).
»Council is responsible for the implementation of the Berwick Waterways PSP through the issue of Planning Permits which are generally in accordance with the Berwick Waterways PSP.
»The VPA undertook public consultation on the Berwick Waterways PSP, and the Developer Contributions Plan (DCP), including on the general location of the roundabout. However the full extent, detailed design and final location of the roundabout were not consulted on, nor did the State Planning Authority give Council the opportunity to review and provide formal comment on the gazetted version of the Berwick Waterways PSP.
»The Draft Berwick Waterways PSP amendment was made available on the VPA (then MPA) and City of Casey websites. Printed versions of the amendment documents were also available at both the VPA and City of Casey offices throughout the submission period.
»The Amendment Notice was published in The Star community newspaper on Tuesday 17 July 2014 and the Cranbourne Leader on Wednesday 16 July 2014.
»Owners and occupiers within and adjoining the PSP area were sent letters by the VPA with a newsletter (dated 15 July 2014) explaining the amendment and outlining how submissions could be made.
»A public consultation process was undertaken by the VPA in late July 2014. Council officers attended a community information session held on 29 July 2015 to support VPA’s consultation.
What’s Council’s position?
»Council officers had limited involvement in the final discussions that the VPA was holding, as the VPA was finalising the Berwick Waterways PSP and supporting documentation to a tight timeframe.
»There was no mechanism or opportunity afforded to Council officers for a review of the amended roundabout proposal nor any formal mechanism for the Council to consider the final Berwick Waterway PSP or the Development Contributions Plan.