By Cam Lucadou-Wells
Residents are annoyed by a council recommendation to introduce townhouses in their idyllic one-story neighborhood in Endeavor Hills.
A Casey Council planning officer recommended the proposal for three two-story townhouses at 10 Haverstock Hill Close, despite 16 public objections.
One of the opponents Ranleigh Moldrich lives on the quiet street, mostly on one floor.
The district, lined with native trees, gardens and public reserves, has so far been spared by townhouses or housing estates.
But approval of this project may be the “thin edge of the corner,” Moldrich says.
He and his neighbors fear that more houses will block the streets with cars as well as an already overloaded sewer that has spilled into his backyard.
“The sewers had to be cleaned three times in five years. I don’t think he’ll be able to take it.
His son Matthew Moldrich claims that the developer’s request was riddled with errors, in particular by repeatedly referring to the proposed accommodation as being on one level.
He argued that the council had misapplied its own housing guidelines.
The neighborhood is over half a mile from the major Endeavor Hills hub of activity – an area set aside for “gradual change” in Casey’s housing strategy.
In its planning report, Casey Council says the site is “within walking distance” – less than a mile – of the Endeavor Hills shopping center.
It also notes bus lines in “reasonable proximity”, as well as the Chalcot Lodge Primary School about 300 meters away.
According to council, the proposal was in line with Casey’s master plan, including General Residential Zone 1.
“As such, it is not seen as overdevelopment of the pitch.
“The proposal aligns with the anticipated change in character (of the neighborhood). “
The report noted only three multi-unit developments within 180 meters. They were in the surrounding streets but not in Haverstock Hill Close.
The council report dismissed concerns about setting a precedent for medium and high density development on the streets.
“An application must be considered on its own merits taking into account the context of the site and the requirements of the urban plan at the time.
“The Council cannot comment on sewer issues as it is under the authority of South-East Water.”
According to the council’s town planning register, it issued a decision notice in favor of townhouses.
Final approval has yet to be granted.