Amendment C137 - Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design

Consultation has concluded. If you have questions in relation to Amendment C137, please call 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au

Our City’s plan for sustainable development along the Plenty Road Strategic Corridor

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

The growth in development applications needs to be met with a clear vision for the future of the Corridor - consistent guidelines and controls - and consideration for those who already live, work and travel along these routes.

Our City’s plan for sustainable development along the Plenty Road Strategic Corridor

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

The growth in development applications needs to be met with a clear vision for the future of the Corridor - consistent guidelines and controls - and consideration for those who already live, work and travel along these routes.

The Plenty Road Urban Design Framework forms the basis of Amendment C137 to the Darebin Planning Scheme – an important update to our City’s overall planning controls that will put that vision in place, and:
  • Plan for growth and development where it’s appropriate.
  • Open up opportunities for diverse housing, mixed use and commercial growth.
  • Stimulate local employment and access to services.
  • Capitalise on existing public transport, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
  • Promote sustainable, high quality development and urban design.
  • Establish clear, unambiguous guidelines.
  • Provide more certainty for our community and the development industry.

Along with Amendment C136 for St Georges Road, this vision for Plenty 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 questions in relation to Amendment C137, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or emailing planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.
Consultation has concluded. If you have questions in relation to Amendment C137, please call 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au
  • Adopted C137 documents submitted to the Minister for Planning for Consideration of Approval

    over 1 year ago

    After the adoption by Council on the 21st Septmeber 2015 all amendment documentation has been prepared as per Council decision and was sent to the Minister for Planning to request approval of the amendment. All documentation can be found here.

    After the adoption by Council on the 21st Septmeber 2015 all amendment documentation has been prepared as per Council decision and was sent to the Minister for Planning to request approval of the amendment. All documentation can be found here.

  • Council adopts Amendment C137 with changes

    over 1 year ago

    At its meeting on the 21st of September 2015, Council adopted Amendment C137 (affecting the Junction & the Plenty Road Corridor). A number of changes were made and the details of these changes are available within the Council Minutes of 21st September 2015. When published, the Council Minutes can be found online here: http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Your-Council/How-council-works/Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes/Council-Meetings
    Officers will now prepare the amendment documentation accordingly. Once the documents have been submitted to the Minister for Planning (approx. towards the end of October 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.

    At its meeting on the 21st of September 2015, Council adopted Amendment C137 (affecting the Junction & the Plenty Road Corridor). A number of changes were made and the details of these changes are available within the Council Minutes of 21st September 2015. When published, the Council Minutes can be found online here: http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/en/Your-Council/How-council-works/Meeting-Agendas-and-Minutes/Council-Meetings
    Officers will now prepare the amendment documentation accordingly. Once the documents have been submitted to the Minister for Planning (approx. towards the end of October 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 C137 planned for August 17th

    over 1 year ago

    At its meeting on 17th August 2015, Council plans to consider the planning scheme Amendment C137 – Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design along with Amendment C136 - St Georges Rd 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 C137, 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 C137 – Plenty Road Land Use and Urban Design along with Amendment C136 - St Georges Rd 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 C137, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.


  • Council consideration of Amendment C137 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 C137 deferred to 16th March 2015

    about 2 years ago

    At its meeting on 16 February 2015, Council deferred making a decision on Amendment C137 (and Amendment C136 relating to St Georges 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 C137 (and Amendment C136 relating to St Georges 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 C137

    about 2 years ago

    Amendment C137, together with Amendment C136 (St Georges 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 C136 and C138. Amendment C138 has already been adopted by Council and has been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

    The Panel generally supported the amendments and has recommended that... Continue reading

    Amendment C137, together with Amendment C136 (St Georges 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 C136 and C138. Amendment C138 has already been adopted by Council and has been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

    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. You can download the full Panel Report here.

    The changes to Amendment C137 and a response to all of the panel’s recommendations will be detailed within the Council report and attachments.

    If you have questions in relation to Amendment C137, please contact Planning Services by calling 8470 8768 or emailing 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: