LATEST NEWS - COPTIC CHURCH REQUEST MINISTERIAL AMENDMENT FOR DONVALE SITE
December 2011 – DRPA met with the Planning Minister Matthew Guy to discuss our concerns with the project. Minister Guy would make no commitment either way but DRPA were at least given a fair chance to present our case. During the discussion with the minister DRPA were able to present photos of a pair of endangered Powerful Owls which roost on a property near the Coptic Church site. DRPA were also able to hand over a petition signed by 426 people opposing the development. At this time we are still waiting to on a decision by the Planning Minister
October 2011 - The Coptic Church have again ignored the concerns of its neighbours and are seeking the application of an Incorporated Plan Overlay (IPO) for their Park Road, Donvale site. The Coptic Church have applied directly to the State Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, instead of applying through the local planning authority, Manningham City Council.
We believe this approach is being pursued to avoid a formal community consultation process that should be undertaken with residents and the Manningham Council
Click on the following links to view the documents that have been sent to Minister Guy and supplied to Council :
November 2011 - DRPA has sent a letter, and a comprehensive analysis of the proposal, to the Planning minister requesting any development of the site be referred back to the local planning authority, Manningham City Council, wherby proper community consultation can occur.
COPTIC CHURCH VCAT HEARING
VCAT Reference No: P3135/2010
On March 16, 2011 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal delivered their decision in relation to the Coptic Church permit application for the amended plans of a Multi-puropose Sport and Function Venue at 88-154 Park Road in Donvale. The tribunal's decision was:
NO PERMIT IS GRANTED
Click here to view a full copy of VCAT's decision
The Coptic Church VCAT hearing was held over 3 days from Monday 31st January to Wednesday 2nd February, 2011. During the proceedings the Coptic Church submitted their proposed draft permit conditions which included operating hours for the multi-purpose sports venue to be 6am to 11 pm, 7 days a week and the function centre operating hours to be 6am to midnight, 7 days a week.
Manningham Council and DRPA were required to lodge their "right of reply" and responses to the draft permit conditions by 16th February 2011 and the Coptic Church had until 21st February 2011 to respond to these submissions.
THANK YOU to all 114 residents who sent an objection to VCAT.
The Coptic Church continued to ignore the concerns of its neighbours. After the Manningham City Council refused to grant a planning permit for the multi-purpose function centre at it's August 31 2010 Council meeting the Coptic Church applied to VCAT for an Application for Review. The Coptic Church then submitted amended plans to Manningham Council. To view the amended plans please click here.
The amended plans were subsequently approved at the December 14 2010 Manningham Council meeting with only one of the original reasons for refusal being addressed fully. So now our Council are supporting this application for an inappropriate commercial development in a low density residential zone.
DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
The proposed function centre would be one of the biggest buildings in Manningham and by far the largest in a Low Density Residential Zone. This appeal has been fast-tracked during the Christmas/ New Year period.