While the centre of Ringwood is earmarked as a Central Activities District, meaning there will be an increase in higher density projects, it is important that these developments are consistent with Council policies and community amenity.
Maroondah City Council recently rejected a planning application for 301 Maroondah Highway, due to concerns over a lack of pedestrian linkages and visual appearance. The Maroondah Leader has reported on this decision and the subsequent VCAT decision, which upheld councils refusal of this application:
Mayor Alex said he was “absolutely delighted” with the tribunal decision
It is encouraging that VCAT upheld Council’s decision and shared concern for the lack of connectivity and amenity. Ringwood’s transformation into a Central Activities District requires a high standard of development that incorporates visual amenity, sustainability and accessibility.