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In Ferntree Gully VIC on “Building and works to...” at 2-8 St Elmo Avenue, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156:

Jess commented

I moved to our area six years ago for the view of mountains and green overlay. Our location is protected from unit and townhouse development, including commercial development such as the proposed (so we thought). I have four young boys (under five years old) that play privately in our backyard. A commercial development that is the height of a four-story residential building (three meters per floor) three meters from my boundary will not only tower over the proposed 1.8-meter metal fence but will tower over every house on underwood road. The skyline will be dominated not by trees and mountain views but by this commercial building for the thousands that use the bike track between Ferntree Gully and Boronia.

The neighbourhood would be forever changed and not for the good of the area. If approved, all the houses bordering this monstrosity sized building will lose their privacy, potentially hundreds of individuals looking into our private spaces, watching our kids play, a complete invasion of privacy. It makes me sick just thinking about it. How would you like strangers looking over your fence at you and your kids and being powerless to stop them.

The last thing St Elmo Av or Underwood Rd needs is more cars.

The timing of this proposal is questionable, no doubt this was calculated to minimise objections. We all need to object, contact counsel to speak to the planner and make sure our councillor listens to our concerns and gets behind us.

Dont forget the first step is to object. You never know, this development maybe forced to remove the top story so we can at least keep some privacy.

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