At its regular meeting on 23 July 2013, Council resolved to abandon the Union Road Activities Area Structure Plan and Amendment C119. The proposal to implement the Union Road Structure Plan and Urban Design Guidelines via the Activity Centre Zone will therefore not proceed.
It is important to note, however, that Union Road will continue to be designated an Activity Centre under the new State Metropolitan Planning Strategy, Plan Melbourne.
View the decision in the Council Meeting Minutes.
Council wrote to the Minister for Planning advising of its intention to abandon the amendment.
Council wishes to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the development of these documents and to those who made submissions during the exhibition period.
Council may re-look at these documents again at a later stage and provide the community with another opportunity to provide input and feedback.
Over that past four years we have been developing long term planning documents to oversee the growth and change of the Union Road Activities Area. These documents are:
A structure plan is a long term strategic plan for an activities area to ensure growth and development is guided and appropriate, while urban design guidelines more clearly articulate how this development should be designed.
The structure plan and urban design guidelines need a corresponding planning tool to allow them to be officially implemented. This tool is called an Activity Centre Zone (ACZ). The ACZ provides guidance regarding what can be built within the activities area as well as how land can be used.
In order to assist the implementation of the Union Road Activities Area Structure Plan and Urban Design Guidelines, changes to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme will be required. This involves rezoning land within the Union Road Activities Area to ACZ.
To rezone this area, we must follow a process stipulated by the State Government. This process is called a ‘planning scheme amendment’. More specifically, this particular process involving the Union Road Activities Area is called Planning Scheme Amendment C119.
The draft structure plan, urban design guidelines and ACZ documentation (Amendment C119) for Union Road were endorsed for the purpose of community consultation by Council on Tuesday 18 September 2012.
These documents were on consultation from 31 January to 15 March 2013.
The amendment documents are available for download as follows:
The structure plan, urban design guidelines and Amendment C119 were consulted on from 31 January - 15 March 2013. This process resulted in 130 submissions being received from the community, providing valuable input into the future vision for the area.
Although Amendment C119 was to be referred to an independent planning panel in late May 2013, Council has requested a deferral of this process from the Minister for Planning through Notice of Motion 2013/02. For further details, view Notice of Motion 2013/02.
For further information on why we have undertaken this work view the YouTube video on the bigger picture – Melbourne, the growth of a city.