Glenferrie Road and High Street Activity Centre
The City of Stonnington has prepared Amendment C223 to the Stonnington Planning Scheme which applies to the Glenferrie Road and High Street Activity Centre and adjoining Wattletree Road area.
Glenferrie Road and High Street Activity Centre is an important Centre in Melbourne’s inner south east. The Centre currently provides a range of local retail, commercial and professional services and it is expected to experience a moderate level of population growth over time. Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 requires that future population growth be accommodated in existing Major Activity Centres across Melbourne.
The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C223. The Amendment introduces planning controls to manage built form outcomes such as heights and setbacks to facilitate high quality urban design outcomes within the Activity Centre and adjoining Wattletree Road area.
The approved planning controls will protect the significant heritage buildings in the Activity Centre by applying a preferred upper level setback of 8 metres for new development. The approved planning controls do not apply to Cabrini Hospital (main campus and carpark site) as was originally proposed by Council.
Key features of the approved planning controls are:
- Setback Controls to Preserve Heritage Buildings: A preferred upper level setback of 8 metres to ensure new development is visually recessive when viewed from the street.
- Development Plan Requirement: The requirement for a development plan ensures that the use and development on Malvern Central and VicTrack land is coordinated and respects the surrounding area.
- Building Height Transition Requirement: New development on Malvern Central and VicTrack land to step down in height towards the railway corridor. To reduce potential overshadowing impacts at the equinox (22 September) on the residential areas to the south of the railway corridor.
- Mandatory Height Controls: Mandatory maximum building height of 18m (5 storeys) for development in the Residential Growth Zone 3 on Wattletree Road, between Glenferrie Road and the railway corridor.
- Built Form Controls for Strategic Development Site: Built form controls for the strategic site at the corner of Glenferrie Road and Dandenong Road. Preferred maximum building heights of 6, 8 and 10 storeys.
For further information, background documents and the approved planning controls, refer to the Documentation and Approved Documents area of this page.
The Amendment was exhibited from 21 July to 22 August 2016. At its meeting on 5 December 2016 Council resolved to host a series of focus groups with community members who made a submission in relation to Amendment C223. Six focus groups were held from 15 to 29 March 2017.
Following consideration of submissions at the Council meeting on 21 August 2017, Council adopted a position in support of Amendment C223, with changes, and resolved to refer the submissions to an independent Panel.
A Panel Hearing was held for 8 days, beginning 31 October 2017, at Planning Panels Victoria. The Panel Report has been released and can be found on this webpage.
At its meeting on 9 April 2018, Council considered the Panel report received and resolved to adopt the Amendment with changes. A copy of the adopted documents can be found on this webpage.
For more information about Amendment C223 please contact the City of Stonnington’s Strategic Planning Team on 8290 1395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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