Council has been working closely with residents impacted by the June 2021 storm, particularly those who need to rebuild.
The piece of land that the resident’s home is on is covered by a planning control called an Erosion Management Overlay and is an area of pre-existing landslips. This means that a Geotechnical Assessment needs to be undertaken prior to submitting a planning application.
If the result of an erosion management assessment reports a ‘moderate’ landslip risk or higher, that cannot be mitigated on their site, the planning permit cannot be approved by Council as it does not comply with the current Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme.
A geotechnical assessment was undertaken at the property and reported a ‘moderate’ landslip risk. This was peer reviewed by a second geotechnical engineer and agreed with.
Council has not received a planning application from the residents and therefore no formal decision has been made, however it is highly unlikely that an application with a moderate geotechnical risk assessment would be approved.
The resident was advised to further explore options with their geotechnical professional to determine what risk mitigation could be included in the rebuild to reduce the uncertainties and hence the risk.