more homes to bite the dust
Opposite McKinnon Village I found this sign for this proposed development, which has been in planning mode for some time, ever since these three properties sold together some years ago.
Twenty-one flats is what is being proposed here. Can you imagine the traffic chaos, especially being close to shops and the train station?
Last Sunday, the large petrol station at 100 McKinnon Road decided to have a massive fuel sale. They were selling petrol at 84c per litre. The resulting traffic chaos that eschewed cannot be underestimated. I posted a video of it on the McKinnonregrets instagram feed. I even witnessed a car accident because of frustrated drivers who were trying to avoid the traffic standstill. This lasted most of Sunday on McKinnon road, a day which is normally quiet. I didn't dare drive out of my own driveway.
So, imagine what McKinnon Road will be like as more apartments are packed into these small blocks?
You will see that the developers are applying for a reduction in the statutory car parking requirement. Reducing car parking requirements is fine if there was a cultural shift in how Melbourne residents travel. But that hasn't happened yet. According to an ABC article from 2014, two out of three Australians drive to work and only one in ten rely on public transport. Those figures would not have changed much since 2014. And as teh construction begins on the corner of Bent Street and McKinnon Road traffic chaos and congestion is only going to get worse.
And forget about trying to find a parking spot around this area. All you have to do is take a look at Bent Street and the parking mess there.
Let's also take a look at the motor vehicle statistics here, conducted by the ABS on 31 January 2016. As a member of the Glen Eira Residents Action Group on Facebook pointed out, there are 18 million vehicles in a population of 24 million. That is, 3 vehicles for every 4 Australians. When you take out the too young and too old from the equation you are left with a question of, how many people who live in a 2-bedroom apartment have a vehicle? If we factor around 1.5 vehicles for a 2-bedroom home, then it raises the question of how many vehicles will spill out onto the street? From the plans, which you can download below, there are 3-bedroom apartments included in this planning permit. And with the developers requesting reduced parking as part of their submission, my guess is there will be a number of cars spilling out onto the street.
download the plans
Buried in the Glen Eira Council website are the plans for this.
You can download them here:
Save mckinnon village
We are concerned residents who live on McKinnon Road, near McKinnon Village. This website was set up to object to the C143 ammendment to 88-100 McKinnon Road, McKinnon. If this, and the DDO overlay for four storeys goes ahead, it will be a catastrophe.