Locals say City Rd needs an overhaul 13 May 2014
The verdict is overwhelming – the public does not like City Rd and thinks it needs a lot of work. The City of Melbourne’s (CoM) consultation process that took place in February and March as part of Participate Melbourne and showed 90 per cent of respondents had had a negative experience on the road. Given its prominence through Southbank, it’s little wonder that 120 of the 182 experiences shared came from local residents, while 21 came from people who work in Southbank. Participants were asked to select the emotion they felt when using the road.
The most popular were unsafe (68 people), frustrated (41) and angry (21).
Just eight people said they were happy when using the thoroughfare at present. The consultation process included an interactive map, which was online for a month, where users of City Rd could pin their comments to any section of the road and a drop-in consultation at Boyd Community Hub where users could talk to CoM staff.
Some of the negative comments included: “This is not some country or suburban highway – left turn slip lanes have no place in a high-density, high pedestrian volume urban area – totally wasted public realm of the first order;” “City Road is not a nice road to walk down.
I wish it could have more of the feel that you get walking down Southbank Blvd;” and “Need to create quality pedestrian link between Kavanagh St and Moray St under the Kingsway overpass.”
Can have your say here: http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/participate-melbourne [b]Council objects to new development
Council objects to new development
13 May 2014
The redevelopment of the historic global television studios on Dorcas St has hit a hurdle, with the City of Melbourne objecting to a planning application for the site.
The proposed development will encompass both 49-61 Coventry St and 26-66 Dorcas St and includes two towers, 76.9 metres and 76.3 metres high respectively.
The development is more than 25,000 sqm, so the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, is the sole authority on its approval. In its submission to the Minister, the council said it objected to both the height and setbacks within the application.
“The height of the towers exceeds the maximum building height under the Design and Development Overlay and the height is inappropriate in the context of existing surrounding buildings in both the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip,” the council report stated.
“The setback from the eastern boundary is insufficient having regard to the development potential of adjoining sites and the requirements of the Design and Development Overlay.” The report did point out that if these two issues were addressed, the council would have no issue with the development.