Bills St Community Consultation

Homes Victoria’s community consultation on the Bills Street Housing Project started on 18 March 2021 and closed last Friday, 16 April 2021.

The plans for the development have changed and adapted over a number of years and this latest round of community feedback will help to shape the final project.

The current plans for the project have taken account of previous community and council feedback by:

• Reducing building heights so they are more in line with the surroundings (from 12 storeys maximum to 7 storeys)
• a higher number of social dwellings as part of the total dwelling mix
• aim to incorporate 15% of the dwellings as 3-bedroom dwellings to provide a diverse apartment offering
• no public land sale
• below market rentals to provide housing for the lower income groups
• realigned Bills Street will act as a primary pedestrian and cycling connection to existing paths.

Below is a brief history of the development of the plans for the Bills Street project (adapted from a resource provided by Boroondara Council):

• May 2017 – Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) meets with Boroondara Council, flags intention to redevelop Bills St estate for a mix of social and private apartments (10% increase of social housing)
• June 2017 – DHHS sketch plans propose 400-450 apartments in buildings up to 12-storeys
• July 2017 – Council prepares and adopts Urban Design Framework, approx. 243 apartments in buildings up to 7-storeys
• September 2018 – DHHS hosts on-site walk event, consultation plans propose approx. 250-300 apartments in buildings up to 9-storeys, launches Consultative Committee
• November 2020 – State Government launches “Victoria’s Big Housing Build”. Identifies Bills St as a “fast start site”
• 1 December 2020 – VC190 introduces Clause 52.20, removing need for a planning permit. Makes Minister for Environment responsible authority
• March 2021 – Homes Victoria launches online public consultation. 206 apartments, 50% social, 50% affordable.

For further updates on this project, monitor my Fortnightly Newsletter, my website and social media pages.

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