Melbourne City Councillor and Deputy Chairman of the Planning portfolio has endorsed the proposed new planning regime and the “as of right use” “No permit required” Gaming venues and Taverns under the new Commercial 1 zones that will replace Business 1 zones
Under a current Business 1 zone Gaming venues and Taverns require a planing permit. Under the new revised Commercial 1 zones Gaming venues and Taverns no longer require a planning permit
Stephen Mayne, who is known to campaign on concerns about the impact of gaming venues, has stood by complacently on his watch as Deputy Chairman of Planning and allowed the establishment of the new planning zones, which come into effect on July 1, 2013 to pass by without comment.
The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle; Steven Mayne, Greens Councillors Rohan Leppert and Cathy Oak and ALP member and Chairman of the Community Welfare portfolio, Richard Foster, stood silent and remained complacent and negligent by not calling for written a detailed report on the new planning changes in particular the new Commercial 1 zones and their effect in Melbourne.
The changes to the planning scheme means that applications for use of premises as a gaming venue or tavern within a commercial 1 zone will not require a planing permit. Neighbouring inner city residents will not have any appeal rights and Councils will not be able to object or refuse the proposed use, instead the Council would have to rely on heritage overlays and built form permits to protect residential amenity.
34.01 COMMERCIAL 1 ZONE
- Retail premises (other than Shop)
- Shop (other than Adult sex bookshop)
The defination of retail premises includes:
- Food and drink premises
- Gambling premises
- Landscape gardening supplies
- Manufacturing sales
- Motor vehicle, boat, or caravan sales
- Postal agency
- Primary produce
- Trade supplies
Previously Business 1 zone (To be phased out on July 1) listed under
34.01 BUSINESS 1 ZONE
34.01-1 Section 1 – Permit not required
34.01-2 Section 2 – Permit required