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

Sally Sealey commented

I am a resident of Ferntree Gully. I would like to state clearly that I am not opposed to the aged care facility in general, it is a needed part of our community, instead I object to this planning permit for the following reasons, in no particular order:

1: the design of the building is uncharacteristic to the area. I chose this part of Ferntree Gully for the protective overlays for the area, particularly the vegetation overlay. This planning permit seeks to remove a significant number of mature trees, with no indication as to how many will be replaced and what steps will be taken to rehome the wildlife that live in this vegetation.

2: the fire risk of the area in close proximity to Koolunga Reserve. If there is a significant fire event at Koolunga, the added vehicles required to evacuate this facility will add to the congestion and significantly increase the risk to the other residents of St Elmo and the surrounding streets

3: overdevelopment and the potential to use this site as a precedent for other development in the area.

4: street access. St Elmo is a narrow street. With the extra vehicles required for this facility, parking for existing residents and their visitors will be compromised and access for vehicles such as fire and garbage trucks will be restricted.

5: loss of privacy and views, leading to decrease in property values.

6: loss of amenity due to noise from HVAC and other noises associated with such a large facility, close proximity to existing homes, height of external balconies and the other impacts on existing private property.

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