North Road, Ormond, level crossing (6.12.2016)
Written on the 3 February 2017
6 December 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Planning. The minister has appointed a standing advisory committee the Level Crossing Removal Authority Integrated Development Opportunities Standing Advisory Committee is its name to provide advice and make recommendations on integrated development opportunities created by the removal of level crossings. Of course I am referring to the Ormond level crossing at North Road, Ormond.
As advised on the website of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, draft planning controls to facilitate a mixed-use development on the Ormond station site have been prepared by a group of consultants. This includes a North Road, Ormond, Level Crossing Removal Authority retail need and economic impact assessment dated 5 August 2016. In that assessment is the advice that the 'indicative project', being the development at Ormond station, would be anchored by Ormond's first full-line supermarket.
The secret plans of the Andrews Labor government to value-capture the land at Ormond station and build a 13-storey sky tower were only recently revealed when local residents noticed a concrete deck on the railway line. The local council found out through the media. The member for Bentleigh kept the secret and did not at any stage reveal in the public consultations the plans for the development during the Level Crossing Removal Authority process.
The local community and the businesses in the area have been dismayed by the government's ram-through approach and the disregard for their concerns in relation to this development and what has been undertaken. The government's public consultation prior to deciding on its plans was obviously a farce.
So the action I seek is that the minister provide the date of when the government first briefed the industry consultants who have been working on the development, which also includes this full-line supermarket, which will have impacts on the other supermarket in the area and other businesses that have been struggling due to the government's mismanagement of the North Road level crossing removal.
Written Adjournment Responses - Minister for Planning
North Road, Ormond, level crossing
Raised by: GEORGIE CROZIER
Raised on: 6 December 2016
The government's 2014 election platform included a commitment to actively pursue appropriate development opportunities on newly available land created by the removal of level crossings. Importantly, the proceeds generated from these development opportunities will be reinvested back into further improvements to the public transport system.In September 2015, I gave further effect to the government's commitment by establishing an independent advisory committee to provide a consistent and transparent process for considering these development opportunities.
A consortium of John Holland and KBR was awarded the contract to deliver the North Road, Ormond level crossing removal works in June 2015. The consortium included details of an integrated development opportunity as part of its tender submission. This included an indicative development proposal prepared by the consulting private sector developer, Deal Corporation (DealCorp). This indicative proposal established the viability of an integrated development at Ormond.A proposal for Ormond Station is currently being considered by the independent advisory committee. Submissions on the proposal were invited from 25 October 2016 to 9 December 2016 and a Directions Hearing was held on 20 December 2016. The Public Hearing commences the week of 13 February 2017.
I am responsible for considering the advisory committee report on the appropriateness of the proposal for Ormond Station.