NORTH Melbourne's Arden precinct will be home to up to 15,000 people and up to 34,000 jobs over the next 30 years, according to draft plans released last week by the Victorian Government.
The plans to seek to create a new commercial and residential precinct across 56 hectares in North Melbourne, between Macaulay Road, Dryburgh Street and the Upfield rail line, with the proposed Metro Tunnel underground train station to form the heart of the precinct.
According to the government, the area will be developed gradually over the next 30 years and will retain North Melbourne's industrial history. A heritage overlay is already in place to protect historic buildings and North Melbourne's character.
The draft plans set out a vision for changing land uses, street and open space design, access for pedestrians and cyclists, and the revitalisation of Moonee Ponds Creek.
The Victorian Planning Authority created the Arden Draft Vision & Framework with the City of Melbourne, and the council is also working on a neighbouring residential precinct, Macaulay.
More information is available from the Victorian Planning Authority's 'Shape Victoria' website at <http://shapevictoria.vic.gov.au/>.