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News update: 25/11/2014
Box Hill is best known for its cultural diversity with its strong specialisation in Asian cuisine and retail. It is a bustling centre with shops, offices, housing, hospitals, education, transport and services.
It is a popular destination for business in Melbourne’s east and includes a bustling central business district with approximately 146,000 square metres of office space.
In a report commissioned by Council, it was highlighted that ‘Box Hill is firmly established as the pre-eminent growth centre for Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. This growth is spread over housing, jobs, health, education, retail and commercial development’.
Box Hill is a success and could be even better.
Box Hill transport interchange was opened 30 years ago and it is time to make it better.
“Box Hill Central is an impressive complex combining retail shops and commercial office services with a transport centre serviced by trains, buses, taxis and private cars – all under the one roof.”
Whitehorse Council is working with the local community and businesses to build support for an overhaul of the transport interchange.
People travel to Box Hill every day to visit the renowned market and restaurants, to work, to the Box Hill Hospital or Epworth Hospital, to improve their knowledge and skills at Box Hill Institute and Deakin University or just to enjoy the vibrant community.
The feedback that Council has received from residents, public transport users and business is clear. The interchange is hard to use, especially when changing from trams to buses or buses to trains. The bus interchange is old and needs better places to wait. Disability and pram access is poor.
30 years after it was built we can do better.
Fixing the transport interchange is the last big step in the renewal of Box Hill. It would capitalise on the significant investment in new residential and commercial development, the redevelopment of the hospital and the improvement of popular leisure facilities and public spaces.
Over the next year we will be talking to the community and working towards a better Box Hill.
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Over the next year, further community and stakeholder consultation is planned to work together towards a better Box Hill.
News Update: 9/11/2014
Council is conducting a stocktake of all Council-provided business bins between October and December 2014. As part of the stocktake, Council will visit businesses and apply the stickers to all Council-provided bins. The visits will also assist Council in planning the features of the waste and recycling service offered to businesses in the future.
The first step of the process commenced in October with a survey sent to businesses’ street addresses, addressed to the business manager. If your business uses Council-provided bins and you did not receive a survey please contact customer service on 9262 6333 to arrange a visit to your business.
From July 2015, Whitehrose City Council’s rubbish and recycling trucks will only empty stickered Council-provided bins.
Further communications about plans for Council’s business waste and recycling service will be forwarded to your business’s nominated contact after the stocktake is completed.
News update: August 2014
Amendment C158 to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme proposed to introduce a car parking overlay over the central area of Box Hill. Public exhibition of this amendment will commence on Thursday 3 October.
What is it?
The Parking Overlay implements new lower car parking requirements and sustainable transport directions for new developments in the Box Hill activity centre. This responds to the availability of a range of transport options in the area and as recommended in the Box Hill Central Activities Area Car Parking Strategy 2013, which was adopted by Council on 23 June 2014. This strategy was on display for public comment prior to this amendment, and Council considered the submissions received prior to adoption.
Where does it apply?
The land affected by the amendment is within the Box Hill Activity Centre. The amendment area is bound by Severn Street to the north, Watts Street and William Street to the east, Albion Street and Carrington Road to the south, and Elgar Road to the west.
Where can we find out more?
You can inspect the amendment at the Planning Counter at the Civic Centre in Nunawading, at all Whitehorse Libraries and Service Centres or online at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/amendment-c158.html
Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make a submission to the planning authority. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the Amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make. Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions. In accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council must make available for inspection a copy of any submissions made.
The closing date for submissions is Monday 3 November 2014. A submission must be sent to:
Andrea Skraba, Senior Strategic Planner
Whitehorse City Council
Locked Bag 2
Nunawading Delivery Centre VIC 3131
Or via email: email@example.com
Council is now seeking the community’s feedback on the draft Strategy until Friday 11 April 2014.
News update: early 2014
The aim of the project was to study and respond to matters associated with car parking. This included identifying existing and potential future car parking availability, and recommending actions to address any constraints and shortfalls, balanced with broader objectives of sustainability, community enhancement and economic vitality.
The draft Box Hill Car Parking Strategy will work in conjunction with the existing Box Hill Structure Plan. The Box Hill Car Parking Strategy makes recommendations about providing and managing car parking for each of the precincts identified within the Box Hill CAA.
Some of the key findings of the study are as follows:
Existing car parking supply
Meeting car parking needs into the future
The project has made 38 recommendations relating to:
The draft Box Hill Car Parking Strategy is on display until Friday 11 April 2014 at Whitehorse City Council service centres and libraries during opening hours, and online at this link http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Box-Hill-Car-Parking-Strategy.html
How to Provide Feedback
The feedback period closes on Friday 11 April 2014. Feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
Andrea Skraba – Senior Strategic Planner, Whitehorse City Council, Locked Bag 2, Nunawading DC 3131
Please provide your full name and contact details*.
Feedback received will be considered by Council and the final Box Hill Central Activities Area Car Parking Strategy will then form the basis of future actions relating to car parking in the Box Hill Central Activities Area. This includes an amendment to the Whitehorse Planning Scheme to introduce new car parking requirements by development type for new development proposals within the Box Hill Central Activities Area.
If you have any questions about the draft Box Hill Car Parking Strategy, please contact the Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303.