The Andrews Labor Government has approved new zones and a suite of controls covering the St Georges Road Corridor that will guide future development to complement established residential areas.
The controls strike the right balance between directing change to a designated urban growth corridor and ensuring the liveability of the broader area is considered.
The changes, which include mandatory height controls for land along St Georges Road between Northcote and Preston, provide certainty to the community and the development industry about the future scale and location of development in the area.
Darebin City Council’s St Georges Road Corridor Urban Design Framework 2013 identifies and supports opportunities for development along the Corridor.
Development proposals will be assessed on their merit by Council, with these changes designed to help guide future growth in the area and do not pre-empt the outcome of any specific proposal.
The amendment also provides much needed certainty for the future development on land owned by the Department of Health and Human Services in Preston.
This land is to be redeveloped for a mixed-social private project, including approximately 65 new social housing homes.
The changes have been subject to public consultation and an independent planning panel, ensuring the community was able to have its say.
More information on the changes is available via the Darebin City Council website.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“These controls strike the balance between developing the growth corridor and the need to respond to existing and established residential areas.”
“By encouraging sustainable development in corridors like this, we’ll help meet the needs of Victoria’s growing population, reduce urban sprawl, provide a better mix of housing options and promote jobs.”
“Melbourne recently retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city – and decisions like this will make sure we keep it.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020