Plans, guidelines and frameworks

Our Strategic Planning team prepares and develops:

  • structure plans
  • masterplans
  • urban design frameworks
  • specific theme studies, and
  • research and background study projects.

For more information, email strategicplanning@stonnington.vic.gov.au or call 8290 1333.

Structure plans and masterplans

A structure plan sets out a vision for the future development of a place.

It considers things like existing buildings and spaces, land uses, activities and transport.

We develop these plans with:

  • the community
  • local residents
  • businesses, and
  • the development industry.

This helps us understand how an area should grow.

We research, study and consult to make a structure plan.

This shows us:

  • what's working well
  • what can be enhanced
  • how the area can grow and change in the future, and
  • how to achieve this.

Chapel reVision Structure Plan

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

This guides important decisions in the Chapel Street Activity Centre, like:

  • development
  • land use
  • movement
  • public/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.

It introduced permanent planning controls for the Chapel Street Activity Centre in the form of the Activity Centre Zone, Schedule 1 (ACZ1).

Find out more at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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. 

Because this amendment was small, the Minister for Planning agreed to approve without notice (under section 20A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987).

Find out more at Department of Enivronment, Land, Water and Planning.

Complete 
20 September 2019 

Chapel reVision Planning Control improvements - Amendment C276ston gazetted.

This amendment fixed mapping anomalies, increased the area for public open space, revised use and built form requirements and got rid of unnecessary controls.

Find out more at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

 Complete

 

Supporting documents

Chapel reVision Structure Plan(PDF, 8MB)

Chapel reVision Neighbourhood Framework Plan(PDF, 73MB)

Chapel-reVision-Discussion-Paper-Sept-2015.pdf(PDF, 6MB)

Chapel-reVision-Transport-Strategy-Sept-2015.pdf(PDF, 3MB)

Re-discover-Chapel-Street-Masterplan-Aug-2013.pdf(PDF, 17MB)

 

Forrest Hill Structure Plan and Streetscape Masterplan

Forrest Hill precinct in South Yarra is a significant area in Stonnington for:

  • higher density housing
  • mixed use, and
  • intensive built form. 

Forrest Hill Precinct Structure Plan

In December 2005, Council adopted the Forrest Hill Precinct Structure Plan.

This includes:

  • an east-west pedestrian link
  • improved streetscape and public spaces, and
  • framework to support high-density activity.

In April 2006, Council adopted a Development Contributions Plan (DCP).

This facilitated a planning scheme amendment to introduce a DCP in the precinct. 

Council developed a 'Streetscape Masterplan' for the public spaces design goals.

This creates a vision for the precinct, with goals to:

  • reinforce its role as a mixed use, high density area
  • improve pedestrian comfort and safety
  • improve the streetscape quality and create an easy walking environment that promotes sustainable transport
  • provide for day and night street use
  • provide for growth with high quality open spaces
  • implement a development contribution scheme
  • attract Victorian Government funding opportunities
  • guide the redevelopment of the public realm, and
  • establish partnerships with developers and Council.

Specific features of the Masterplan

  • Wider footpaths and new paving materials, colours and patterns.
  • Landscape Yarra, Claremont and Daly Streets and Almeida Crescent.
  • Reinforce pedestrian priority along east/west Yarra, Claremont and Daly Streets.
  • Entry threshold treatments through the precinct.
  • Create pedestrian-orientated spaces.
  • Resurface Yarra, Claremont and Daly streets and Almeida Crescent.
  • Introduce signals at the Yarra Street/Alexandra Avenue intersection.
  • Take powerlines underground.
  • Encourage public art and street furniture.
  • 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
Engage community, including design workshop Complete
October 2007 Exhibit draft Masterplan Complete
March 2008 Community engagement workshops Complete
October 2008 Final draft Masterplan given 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) (PDF)

Forrest Hill Precinct Streetscape Masterplan(PDF, 20MB) (PDF)

Forrest Hill Development Contribution Plan(PDF, 720KB) (PDF)

 

Glenferrie Road and High Street Structure Plan

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

The structure plan describes changes to the Stonnington Planning Scheme.

It also sets guidelines for development and land use in the Glenferrie Road and High Street area for the next 25 years.

For more information on Amendment C223, visit Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Structure Plan timeline

Date  Activity  Status 
March 2014  Stage 1: Consult community on key features, characteristics, improvements and future vision. Complete 
August 2014  Stage 2: Discussion sessions with community. Complete 
April 2015
Stage 3: Consult community on draft Glenferrie Road/High Street Structure Plan. Complete 
30 November 2015  Council adopt Glenferrie Road/High Street Structure Plan. Complete 
July/August 2016  Exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C223.  Complete
15 December 2017  Panel Hearing meetings October/November 2017, panel report handed down. Complete 
April 2018
Planning authority adoption. Complete 
April 2018  Department assessment.  Complete 
September 2018  Minister approval - Amendment C223 gazetted.  Complete 

 

Supporting documents

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

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

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

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

Hawksburn Village Structure Plan

The Hawksburn Village Structure Plan:

  • provides a framework for land use, built form, movement and open space for the activity centre, and
  • creates goals, plans and guidelines for land use, built form and heritage, access and movement, public realm and open space, and sense of space.

Council adopted the Hawksburn Village Structure Plan on 22 August 2016, and it was updated in October 2020 to reflect modest changes resulting from Stonnington Planning Scheme Amendment C272ston:

The Stonnington Planning Scheme was amended in February 2021 to introduce new planning ‘rules’ for the activity centre, that align with the direction of the Structure Plan.

The new 'rules' will help protect and improve what is good and valued about the village.

They will also guide opportunities to meet existing and future population needs.

Amendment C272ston introduced these changes. 

Structure Plan and Amendment C272ston timeline

Date  Activity  Status 
December 2014  Stage 1: Consult community - collect information Complete 
August 2015  Stage 2: Consult community - key directions Complete 
March 2016
Stage 3: Consult community - draft Structure Plan Complete 
22 August 2016  Council adopt Hawksburn Village Structure Plan  Complete 
June 2019  Council request authorisation to prepare Amendment C272ston  Complete 
September 2019  Council authorised to prepare Amendment C272ston to the Stonnington Planning Scheme  Complete 
November 2019  Exhibit Amendment C272ston Complete 
30 March 2020  Council agree to refer Amendment C272ston to independent planning panel Complete 
9-15 June 2020  Panel Hearing   Complete
30 July 2020  Planning Panel Report   Complete
7 September 2020  Council considered Planning Panel Report and adopted Amendment C272ston   Complete
January 2021 Minister for Planning approves Amendment C272ston   Complete
February 2021  Amendment C272ston comes into effect - Stonnington Planning Scheme updated  Complete 

 

Supporting documents

Hawksburn Village Structure Plan(PDF, 25MB) (PDF)

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

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

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

Toorak Village Structure Plan and Design Guidelines

Council adopted the Toorak Village Structure Plan in February 2008.

It adopted the Design Guidelines in August 2010.

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

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

Supporting documents

Toorak Village Structure Plan(PDF, 8MB) (PDF)

Toorak Village Design Guidelines(PDF, 4MB) (PDF)

 

Urban design frameworks

590 Orrong Road and 4 Osment Street, Armadale

The Stonnington Planning Scheme incorporated 590 Orrong Road and 4 Osment Street, Armadale Urban Design Framework as a Development Plan Overlay (Schedule 2).

This was done through Amendment C153 in October 2014.

Find out more at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

 

Dandenong Road Urban Design Framework

The Dandenong Road Urban Design Framework (Tooronga Road to Bates Street) was prepared in December 2012.

The Stonnington Planning Scheme incorporated it in August 2015 through Amendment C173.

Find out more at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Supporting documents

Dandenong Road Urban Design Framework(PDF, 12MB) (PDF)

Malvern Road-Burke Road Urban Design Framework

Council adopted the Malvern Road-Burke Road Neighbourhood Activity Centre Urban Design Framework in December 2014.

It incorporated it in the Stonnington Planning Scheme through Amendment C212 in July 2016.

Find out more at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Supporting documents

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

Waverley Road Urban Design Framework

Council adopted the Waverley Road Urban Design Framework in 2008.

It incorporated it in the Stonnington Planning Scheme through Amendment C55.

Supporting documents

Waverley Road Urban Design Framework(PDF, 7MB) (PDF)