Melbourne municipality

Municipal Strategic Statement

The Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) has been of ongoing concern. Residential zoning, 25,000s.m cut off point for ministerial referral, high VCAT fees, number of high towers and overshadowing. Population densification without regard to infrastructure is a continuing concern.

Of particular concern, which links planning, good governance with electoral reform is the fact that a planning application may see several councillors unable to vote due to “conflict of interest” having accepted campaign funds from developers or other bodies. Thus leaving the Council without a quorum! Matters are then decided under delegation effectively sidelining our elected representatives. This has occurred 4-5 times already this term.