19
August
2016
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Australia/Melbourne

Future planning for an attractive, sustainable St Albans

Summary

Brimbank City Council has adopted a planning scheme amendment that will help guide the future development of the St Albans Activity Centre as an attractive, vibrant, safe area that provides great opportunities for business, retail, entertainment and housing.

Brimbank City Council has adopted a planning scheme amendment that will help guide the future development of the St Albans Activity Centre as an attractive, vibrant, safe area that provides great opportunities for business, retail, entertainment and housing.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators John Watson said that the amendment introduces a new planning scheme provision to guide the future development within the retail centre and the surrounding residential area is an important step to achieving this vision.

“St Albans Activity Centre is a key strategic development area for Brimbank. Council is working to enhance the amenity, economic performance, infrastructure and environmental sustainability of the precinct.

“Amendment C150 will ensure that all future development in St Albans Activity Centre is well designed, boosts amenity and encourages appropriate development in commercial, retail or mixed use areas,” Mr Watson said.

The amendment will affect the whole of the St Albans Activity Centre, and will:

  • Introduce a new Design and Development Overlay to the St Albans Activity Centre to guide future development within the retail centre and the surrounding residential area.
  • Make minor zoning changes within the Activity Centre to reflect existing land use, and
  • Include the St Albans Activity Centre Structure Plan as a reference document in the Brimbank Planning Scheme.

“The St Albans Structure Plan was adopted last year after community input and provides an integrated plan for the future development of the St Albans Activity Area,” Mr Watson said.

The St Albans Structure Plan helps inform Council’s decision-making about development proposals, public realm improvements and development facilitation. It also aims to influence Council’s resource allocation relating to business development, community facilities and arts and cultural activities for the area.

Planning Scheme Amendment C150 was adopted following a period of community consultation. The two submissions received, from Public Transport Victoria and VicTrack, were both later withdrawn after minor modifications to the overlay addressed their suggestions.

Council will now seek the Minister for Planning’s approval of Amendment C150.