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    New mandatory controls means back to the drawing board for Fishermans Bend architects

    Nathan Johnson

    New mandatory development controls placed on Fishermans Bend in Melbourne could mean some projects under assessment will need to be redesigned.

    The Victorian government has made the precinct’s interim height limits of between four and 40 storeys mandatory for all developments along with a host of other controls designed to preserve amenity and liveability.

    The interim controls were introduced last year, at the same time as the Victorian Government revealed its plans to significantly expand the Fishermans Bend development, but they’re now mandatory and retrospective.

    Other controls, like the inclusion of six per cent social housing and 30 per cent three-bedroom apartments for buildings over 12 storeys, are discretionary but the language in the government’s media release suggests that they, as the responsible authority for Fishermans Bend,  will look more favourably on proposals that include these components.

    “Developers wanting permits taller than 12 storeys will be encouraged to include six per cent social housing in their projects, and to make at least 30 per cent of all apartments three-bedroom,” it reads.

    “In the Lorimer and Montague neighbourhoods, buildings taller than 12 storeys will be expected to include at least 15 per cent of floor space for commercial and community use.”

    The mandatory controls, which also include new building setbacks, will be in place until final neighbourhood plans are set in late 2018.

    There are currently 21 proposals under assessment in Fishermans Bend.

    Let’s hope that the architects designing the buildings are charging by the hour.

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