Amendment C136 – St Georges Rd Land Use and Urban Design

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Your City’s plan for sustainable development along the St Georges Road Strategic Corridor

St Georges Road is one of two pivotal Strategic Corridors in Darebin. These are the major thoroughfares that connect, feed, sustain and contribute to the character of our community. With a number of areas along their paths ripe for more intensive use, they are under increasing pressure for development.

The St Georges Road Land Use and Urban Design Framework forms the basis of Planning Scheme Amendment C136 – an important update to our city’s overall planning controls that will put the vision of the corridor in place. Continue reading

Your City’s plan for sustainable development along the St Georges Road Strategic Corridor

St Georges Road is one of two pivotal Strategic Corridors in Darebin. These are the major thoroughfares that connect, feed, sustain and contribute to the character of our community. With a number of areas along their paths ripe for more intensive use, they are under increasing pressure for development.

The St Georges Road Land Use and Urban Design Framework forms the basis of Planning Scheme Amendment C136 – an important update to our city’s overall planning controls that will put the vision of the corridor in place. The groundwork for this framework and amendment began several years ago, with work intensifying in recent months in response to:

  • growing pressure for development along the Corridor; and
  • the urgent need for more explicit guidelines and controls for incoming development applications.

Along with Amendment C137 for Plenty Road, this vision for St Georges Road will help us meet the demands of growth while ensuring that development is considered, sustainable and well designed.

The plan has been informed by a host of related Darebin works, including:

If you have any further questions in relation to Amendment C136, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.
Consultation has concluded. If you have questions in relation to Amendment C136, please call 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au
  • Amendment C136 Approved

    6 months ago

    Amendment C136 for the St Georges Road Corridor has been approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect in the Darebin Planning Scheme on 15 September 2016.

    To view the approved documents, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning web site (External link).

    Amendment C136 for the St Georges Road Corridor has been approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect in the Darebin Planning Scheme on 15 September 2016.

    To view the approved documents, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning web site (External link).

  • Amendment C136 submitted to the Minister for Planning for Approval

    11 months ago

    Amendment C136 for the St Georges Road Corridor has been submitted to the Minister for Planning on 12 May 2016. The legal matter that delayed the submission to the Minister was resolved via a Consent Order at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 2 May 2016. As a result of the Consent Order, the material submitted for consideration of approval is based on the exhibited material (including Council changes made on the 7th September 2015) and excludes land at 137 St Georges Road, Northcote, from the proposed Design and Development Overlay 16. Council is working with the Minister's department staff to assist where possible and is hoping that a decision will be made by mid-August. You can view all submitted documents of the Amendment here.

    Amendment C136 for the St Georges Road Corridor has been submitted to the Minister for Planning on 12 May 2016. The legal matter that delayed the submission to the Minister was resolved via a Consent Order at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on 2 May 2016. As a result of the Consent Order, the material submitted for consideration of approval is based on the exhibited material (including Council changes made on the 7th September 2015) and excludes land at 137 St Georges Road, Northcote, from the proposed Design and Development Overlay 16. Council is working with the Minister's department staff to assist where possible and is hoping that a decision will be made by mid-August. You can view all submitted documents of the Amendment here.

  • Amendment C136 delayed

    about 1 year ago

    Due to a pending legal matter, Council has not been able to submit the adopted Amendment C136 to the Minister for Planning to date. Council is currently working on resolving the matter and will provide an update once more information becomes available. In the meantime, C136 will need to be considered alongside the current Planning Scheme requirements. The adopted documents and Council changes are in the Council Minutes from the 7 September 2015.

    Due to a pending legal matter, Council has not been able to submit the adopted Amendment C136 to the Minister for Planning to date. Council is currently working on resolving the matter and will provide an update once more information becomes available. In the meantime, C136 will need to be considered alongside the current Planning Scheme requirements. The adopted documents and Council changes are in the Council Minutes from the 7 September 2015.

  • Council adopts Amendment C136 with changes

    over 1 year ago

    After further considerations on the 5th and 19th of October, Council decided to adopt Amendment C136 (affecting the St Georges Road Corridor) as per its decision from the 7th September 2015. A number of changes were made and the details of these changes are available within the Council Minutes of 7th September 2015.The Council Minutes from the 7th September can be found online here:http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Your-Council/How-council-works/Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes/Council-Meetings(External link)
    Officers will now prepare the amendment documentation accordingly. Once the documents have been submitted to the Minister for Planning (approx. towards the end of November 2015), they will be made available on this website.... Continue reading

    After further considerations on the 5th and 19th of October, Council decided to adopt Amendment C136 (affecting the St Georges Road Corridor) as per its decision from the 7th September 2015. A number of changes were made and the details of these changes are available within the Council Minutes of 7th September 2015.The Council Minutes from the 7th September can be found online here:http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Your-Council/How-council-works/Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes/Council-Meetings(External link)
    Officers will now prepare the amendment documentation accordingly. Once the documents have been submitted to the Minister for Planning (approx. towards the end of November 2015), they will be made available on this website. The Minister then has 40 business days to make a decision on the Amendment. Should the Minister approve the Amendment, it will first be announced in the Government Gazette and then form part of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

  • Council defers decision on Amendments C136 and C137

    over 1 year ago

    At the meeting on 17th August 2015, Council deferred its decision on Amendments C136 and C137. Council is seeking further information on the amendments, which will be provided through a further briefing.

    The Amendments will be considered again on 7th September 2015. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council web site from the afternoon of the 4th of September.

    At the meeting on 17th August 2015, Council deferred its decision on Amendments C136 and C137. Council is seeking further information on the amendments, which will be provided through a further briefing.

    The Amendments will be considered again on 7th September 2015. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council web site from the afternoon of the 4th of September.

  • Council consideration of Amendment C136 planned for August 17th

    over 1 year ago

    At its meeting on 17th August 2015, Council plans to consider the planning scheme Amendment C136 – St Georges Rd Land Use and Urban Design along with Amendment C137 - Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 14th August.

    If you have any further questions in relation to Amendment C136, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.


    At its meeting on 17th August 2015, Council plans to consider the planning scheme Amendment C136 – St Georges Rd Land Use and Urban Design along with Amendment C137 - Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 14th August.

    If you have any further questions in relation to Amendment C136, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.


  • Council consideration of Amendment C136 deferred

    about 2 years ago

    At its meeting on 16 March 2015, Council deferred a final decision to adopt Amendments C136 (St Georges Road Corridor) and C137 (the Junction and Plenty Road Corridor). This is to allow more time to further consider some pertinent issues and receive detailed responses to questions regarding several design elements, such as rear setback requirements. The rescheduled Council Meeting date will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

    At its meeting on 16 March 2015, Council deferred a final decision to adopt Amendments C136 (St Georges Road Corridor) and C137 (the Junction and Plenty Road Corridor). This is to allow more time to further consider some pertinent issues and receive detailed responses to questions regarding several design elements, such as rear setback requirements. The rescheduled Council Meeting date will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

  • Council consideration of Amendment C136 deferred to 16 March 2015

    about 2 years ago

    At its meeting on 16 February 2015, Council deferred making a decision on Amendment C136 (and Amendment C137 relating to Plenty Road) and requested a further report in relation to lowered mandatory heights and further information about the panel’s recommendations.

    Officers have been responding to the Council’s request and will present the Amendments for a decision on 16 March 2015. The revised report will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 13th March 2015.

    Updates will be posted on this web site following the Council’s decision.

    At its meeting on 16 February 2015, Council deferred making a decision on Amendment C136 (and Amendment C137 relating to Plenty Road) and requested a further report in relation to lowered mandatory heights and further information about the panel’s recommendations.

    Officers have been responding to the Council’s request and will present the Amendments for a decision on 16 March 2015. The revised report will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 13th March 2015.

    Updates will be posted on this web site following the Council’s decision.
  • Council to consider adoption of Amendment C136

    about 2 years ago

    Amendment C136, together with Amendment C137 (Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design), will be presented to Council for a decision on 16 February 2015 with a recommendation to adopt C136 and C137. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 13 February 2015 here.

    An independent panel considered this Amendment in conjunction with Amendments C137 and C138. Amendment C138 was adopted by Council on 15 September 2014 and has been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

    A number of changes were made in response to... Continue reading

    Amendment C136, together with Amendment C137 (Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design), will be presented to Council for a decision on 16 February 2015 with a recommendation to adopt C136 and C137. The report and all amendment documentation will be available on the Council website from the afternoon of Friday 13 February 2015 here.

    An independent panel considered this Amendment in conjunction with Amendments C137 and C138. Amendment C138 was adopted by Council on 15 September 2014 and has been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

    A number of changes were made in response to the recommendations of the independent panel. The Panel’s key recommendations and suggested changes are summarised in the Executive summary which you can download here. You can download the full Panel Report here.

    The changes to Amendment C136 and a response to all of the panel’s recommendations will be detailed within the Council report and attachments.

    If you have any further questions in relation to Amendment C136, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

  • Panel Report received for Amendments C136, C137 and C138

    over 2 years ago

    Darebin City Council has received the report of the independent planning panel regarding the new Municipal Strategic Statement and local planning policies (Amendment C138) and the proposed planning controls for St Georges Road Corridor (Amendment C136) and Plenty Road Corridor (Amendment C137).

    The Panel generally supported the amendments and has recommended that the Council adopt them subject to a number of changes. The Panel’s key recommendations and suggested changes are summarised in the Executive summary which you can download here.

    To download a copy of the full report, click here.

    The Panel commended the Council in the detailed... Continue reading

    Darebin City Council has received the report of the independent planning panel regarding the new Municipal Strategic Statement and local planning policies (Amendment C138) and the proposed planning controls for St Georges Road Corridor (Amendment C136) and Plenty Road Corridor (Amendment C137).

    The Panel generally supported the amendments and has recommended that the Council adopt them subject to a number of changes. The Panel’s key recommendations and suggested changes are summarised in the Executive summary which you can download here.

    To download a copy of the full report, click here.

    The Panel commended the Council in the detailed work underpinning the amendments and Council’s approach to leading change in Darebin. The Panel noted that:

    “Council presented an extensive submission responding to the strategic basis of the Amendments as well as issues and concerns of the 253 submissions...

    …The Panel supports the strategic direction of the review of Council’s MSS and the idea of managing development along public transport corridors….

    ...The Panel considers that Amendments C136, C137 and C138 will provide Council with a robust policy and development control platform to respond to the development pressures in inner and middle Melbourne over the years to come.”

    In regards to the strategic corridors, the Panel Report accepted ‘that managing the built form of development along the corridors is a key driver for the Amendments’ and ‘that different planning controls will be needed depending on the local conditions.’ Many of the changes put forward by Council at the Panel hearings (after exhibition) were also accepted, in particular the requirements for greater transition between taller built form and the surrounding lower scale residential areas.

    Notably, as part of Amendment C136 and C137, a number of mandatory controls were sought to be applied to St Georges Road and Plenty Road properties. Following the hearing, the Panel has supported Council’s mandatory height limits along these strategic corridors. These height limits are binding to all parties, including VCAT, and will provide greater certainty to the community and development industry alike.

    The Panel recommendations in relation to these two amendments suggest several changes to the land use zones and suggest the Design Development Overlays (DDOs) be redrafted for greater clarity.

    The next phase of the amendment process involves Council reaching a decision that considers and responds to the Panel recommendations. The amendments will be presented to Council for a decision in a two stage process with Amendment C138 to be decided first at the Council Meeting of 15 September 2014 due to its strategic importance to other current and proposed projects. The Plenty and St Georges Road amendments have greater complexity involved and will be presented at a later Council Meeting.

    There will be no further formal consultation for this final stage of the three amendments, but submitters will be kept informed by the Strategic Planning Unit. Further updates will also be posted on this website as the Amendments progress.

    For more information on any of the Amendments, please click on the relevant link below:

    C136

    C137

    C138