Plans, guidelines and frameworks

Our Strategic Planning team manages the development process and preparation of structure plans, masterplans, urban design frameworks and specific theme studies, plus research and background study projects.

For information about any of these plans email our City Strategy team or call 8290 1333.

Structure plans and masterplans

A structure plan sets out a vision for the future development of a place, taking into consideration such things as existing buildings and spaces, land uses, activities and transport. Structure plans are developed in consultation with the community, local residents, businesses and the development industry who provide important insight into how the area should evolve.

From research, analysis and consultation a structure plan identifies what is working well, what can be enhanced and how the area can grow and change in the future - and provides clear strategies for how this can be achieved.

Chapel reVision Structure Plan

The Chapel reVision Structure Plan applies to the Chapel Street Activity Centre.

Chapel reVision guides important decisions within the Chapel Street Activity Centre, such as development, land use, movement, public realm/open space, strategic opportunities and economic/social planning and sustainability.

The Chapel reVision Structure Plan was implemented by Amendment C172 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme. Amendment C172 came into effect on 10 August 2017, and introduced permanent planning controls for the Chapel Street Activity Centre in the form of the Activity Centre Zone, Schedule 1 (ACZ1).

For Amendment C172 details and documents visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Structure Plan development timeline 

Date  Activity  Status 
  Community consultation  Complete 
  Stakeholder and internal consultation  Complete 
  Draft Chapel reVision Structure Plan community consultation Complete 
7 July 2014  Council adopt Chapel reVision Structure Plan  Complete 
August 2014  Planning Scheme Amendment C172 exhibited  Complete 
17 June 2015
Panel Report handed down following Panel Hearings in March/April 2015. Complete 
September 2015  Planning authority approval  Complete
September 2015  Department assessment  Complete 
10 August 2017  Chapel reVision Structure Plan - Amendment C172 gazetted  Complete 
30 November 2017

Chapel Street Activity Centre anomalies - Amendment C271 gazetted.

This amendment resolved minor wording, drafting and map errors and inconsistencies. 

Due to the minor nature of this amendment the Minister for Planning agreed to grant approve without notice (under section 20A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).

View details of Amendment C271 on the Department of Enivronment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Complete 
20 September 2019 

Chapel reVision Planning Control improvements - Amendment C276ston gazetted.

This amendment corrected mapping anomalies, increased the area allocated for public open space, revised use and built form requirements and deleted redundant controls.

View details of Amendment C276ston on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

 Complete

 

Supporting documents

Chapel reVision Stucture Plan(PDF, 8MB)

 

Forrest Hill Structure Plan and Streetscape Masterplan

Forrest Hill precinct in South Yarra is a key area in Stonnington for higher density housing, mixed use and intensive built form. 

In December 2005, Council adopted the Forrest Hill Precinct Structure Plan that included an east-west pedestrian link, enhancements to the streetscape and public spaces, and infrastructure to accommodate high-density activity. And, in April 2006, Council adopted a Development Contributions Plan (DCP) to facilitate a planning scheme amendment, to introduce a DCP in the precinct. 

As part of the strategic planning for the precinct, a Streetscape Masterplan was also developed to clearly explain desired design outcomes within the public spaces.

The Masterplan establishes a 'vision' for the precinct, with the following key objectives:

  • reinforce the precinct's role as a mixed use, high density area,
  • improve pedestrian amenity and safety, street legibility/hierarchy, quality of the local streetscape and to create a pedestrian friendly and walkable environment which promotes sustainable transport,
  • provide for day and night operation of streets,
  • provide for current and future growth in the precinct with high quality urban open spaces,
  • assist the implementation of a development contribution scheme, and attract Victorian Government funding opportunities, and
  • guide the redevelopment of the public realm and establishment of partnerships between developers and Council.

Specific features of the Masterplan

  • Wider footpaths and new paving materials, colours and patterns,
  • landscaping treatments in Yarra, Claremont and Daly streets and Almeida Crescent,
  • feature node points in Yarra, Claremont and Daly streets to reinforce pedestrian priority along the east/west pedestrian link,
  • entry threshold treatments throughout the precinct,
  • pedestrian orientated spaces,
  • road resurfacing of Yarra, Claremont and Daly streets and Almeida Crescent,
  • signalising the Yarra Street/Alexandra Avenue intersection,
  • undergrounding power lines,
  • encourage installation of public art and street furniture, and
  • graphically illustrate initiatives and opportunities for the precinct.

Masterplan development timeline

Date Activity Status
December 2005 Council adopt Forrest Hill Precinct Structure Plan Complete
April 2006 Council adopt Development Contributions Plan for the precinct Complete
March 2007
Community engagement including design workshop Complete
October 2007 Exhibition of draft Masterplan Complete
March 2008 Community engagement workshops Complete
October 2008 Final draft Masterplan distributed to key stakeholders and registered parties Complete
November 2008 Council adopt Forrest Hill Precinct Streetscape Masterplan Complete

 

Supporting documents

Forrest Hill Precinct Structure Plan(PDF, 7MB)

Forrest Hill Precinct Streetscape Masterplan(PDF, 20MB)

Forrest Hill Development Contribution Plan(PDF, 720KB)

 

Glenferrie Road and High Street Structure Plan

Council adopted the Glenferrie Road and High Street Structure Plan on 30 November 2015.

The structure plan will inform changes to the Stonnington Planning Scheme, and set parameters for development and land use in the Glenferrie Road and High Street area for the next 25 years.

For Amendment C223 details and documents visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Structure Plan development timeline

Date  Activity  Status 
March 2014  Stage 1 - Community consultation on key features, characteristics, improvements and future vision. Complete 
August 2014  Stage 2 - Community consultation through discussion sessions. Complete 
April 2015
Stage 3 - Community consultation on draft Glenferrie Road/High Street Structure Plan  Complete 
30 November 2015  Council adopt Glenferrie Road/High Street Structure Plan  Complete 
July/August 2016  Planning Scheme Amendment C223 exhibited  Complete
15 December 2017  Panel reported handed down following Panel Hearing meetings in October and November 2017 Complete 
April 2018
Planning authority approval  Complete 
April 2018  Department assessment  Complete 
September 2018  Amendment C223 gazetted  Complete 

 

Supporting documents

Glenferrie Road and High Street Structure Plan(PDF, 37MB)

March 2014 - Stage 1 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 162KB)

August 2014 - Stage 2 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 243KB)

April 2015 - Stage 3 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 10MB)

Hawksburn Village Structure Plan

 The Hawksburn Village Structure Plan was adopted by Council on 22 August 2016. The structure plan:

  • provides a framework for land use, built form, movement and open space for the activity centre, and
  • establishes objectives, strategies and guidelines relating to land use, built form and heritage,  access and movement,  public realm and open space, and sense of space.

To implement some of the structure plan strategies, the Stonnington Planning Scheme needs to be changed to introduce new planning ‘rules’ for the activity centre. The new rules or planning controls will help protect and enhance what is good and valued about the village and guide opportunities for change in order to meet the needs of the existing and future population.

Amendment C272ston has been prepared to introduce those changes. 

For Amendment C272ston information visit the Hawksburn Village webpage.

Structure Plan development timeline

Date  Activity  Status 
December 2014  Stage 1 - Community consultation - information gathering Complete 
August 2015  Stage 2 - Community consultation - key directions Complete 
March 2016
Stage 3 - Community consultation - draft Structure Plan Complete 
22 August 2016  Council adopt Hawksburn Village Structure Plan  Complete 
June 2019  Council agree to request authorisation to prepare Amendment C272ston  Complete 
September 2019  Council authorised to prepare Amendment C272ston to the Stonnington Planning Scheme  Complete 
November 2019  Amendment C272ston exhibited  Complete 
30 March 2020  Council agree to refer Amendment C272ston to an independent planning panel.  Complete 
1 May 2020  Proposed date of Directions Hearing   
9 June 2020  Proposed date of Panel Hearing   
Late-2020  Planning Panel Report   
Late-2020  Council consider Planning Panel Report and adopt Amendment C272ston   
 Late-2020 Minister for Planning approves Amendmnt C272ston   
Early-2021  Amendment C272ston comes into effect   

 

Supporting documents

Hawksburn Village Structure Plan(PDF, 27MB)

Stage 1 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 1MB)

Stage 2 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 8MB)

Stage 3 - Community Consultation Summary Report(PDF, 27MB)

Toorak Village Structure Plan and Design Guidelines

Council adopted the Toorak Village Structure Plan in February 2008 and the Design Guidelines in August 2010.

The Structure Plan and Design Guidelines were introduced into the Stonnington Planning Scheme via Amendment C077 in June 2013.

View the scheme amendment details on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Supporting documents

Toorak Village Structure Plan(PDF, 8MB)

Toorak Village Design Guidelines(PDF, 4MB)

 

Urban design frameworks

590 Orrong Road and 4 Osment Street, Armadale

The 590 Orrong Road and 4 Osment Street, Armadale Urban Design Framework was incorporated into the Stonnington Planning Scheme as a Development Plan Overlay (Schedule 2) via Amendment C153 in October 2014.

View details of the Amendment C153 on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

 

Dandanong Road Urban Design Framework

The Dandanong Road Urban Design Framework (Tooronga Road to Bates Street) was prepared in December 2012 and incorporated in the Stonnington Planning Scheme via Amendment C173 in August 2015.

View details of the Amendment C173 on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Supporting documents

Dandanong Road Urban Design Framework(PDF, 12MB)  

Malvern Road-Burke Road Urban Design Framework

The Malvern Road-Burke Road Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Framework was adopted by Council in December 2014 and incorporated in the Stonnington Planning Scheme via Amendment C212 in July 2016.

View details of Amendment C212 on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Supporting documents

Malvern Road-Burke Road Urban Design Framework(PDF, 4MB)

Waverley Road Urban Design Framework

The Waverley Road Urban Design Framework as adopted by Council in 2008 and was incorporated in the Stonnington Planning Scheme via Amendment C55.

Supporting documents

Waverley Road Urban Design Framework(PDF, 7MB)