When: July 2011

Client: Residents of Abbotsford / Dr Kate Shaw / CARA

Location: 247-259 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Team: Michelle Emma James, Pete Spence, Ammon Beyerle

In response to a redevelopment application for a 17-storey tower, residents of Abbotsford prepared a community-based proposal with Dr Kate Shaw from the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at The University of Melbourne. The alternative vision puts forward medium density housing, including social and market rate dwellings, car-free apartments, and mixed uses on the ground level including community meeting places and creative spaces.

The community proposal was presented to the City of Yarra Internal Development Approvals Committee on 27th July 2011. It was also part of the 'Johnston St - Imagining the future' exhibition curated by Ian Woodcock and held from Tuesday, 9th August until 13th August at the Chapman and Bailey Gallery, 350 Johnston Street, Abbotsford. This exhibition and community forum subsequently contributed to the Draft Johnston Street Local Area Plan for The City of Yarra.

In February 2012, VCAT upheld Council's decision to reject the 17-storey tower.

"The VCAT decision is a major win for Council and the community against overdevelopment. Council put forward a strong case at VCAT, employing a barrister to argue its position that the development’s scale, height and density was inappropriate. Council had received 87 objections, and a petition with 19 signatures, opposing the development." (The City of Yarra)

(Last update 22/08/12)


When: July 2011

Client: Residents of Abbotsford / Dr Kate Shaw / CARA

Location: 247-259 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Team: Michelle Emma James, Pete Spence, Ammon Beyerle

In response to a redevelopment application for a 17-storey tower, residents of Abbotsford prepared a community-based proposal with Dr Kate Shaw from the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at The University of Melbourne. The alternative vision puts forward medium density housing, including social and market rate dwellings, car-free apartments, and mixed uses on the ground level including community meeting places and creative spaces.

The community proposal was presented to the City of Yarra Internal Development Approvals Committee on 27th July 2011. It was also part of the 'Johnston St - Imagining the future' exhibition curated by Ian Woodcock and held from Tuesday, 9th August until 13th August at the Chapman and Bailey Gallery, 350 Johnston Street, Abbotsford. This exhibition and community forum subsequently contributed to the Draft Johnston Street Local Area Plan for The City of Yarra.

In February 2012, VCAT upheld Council's decision to reject the 17-storey tower.

"The VCAT decision is a major win for Council and the community against overdevelopment. Council put forward a strong case at VCAT, employing a barrister to argue its position that the development’s scale, height and density was inappropriate. Council had received 87 objections, and a petition with 19 signatures, opposing the development." (The City of Yarra)

(Last update 22/08/12)