Victoria

New planning controls approved for St Georges Road corridor in Melbourne's north

THE Victorian Government has approved new zones and a suite of controls covering the St Georges Road corridor to help guide future development and complement established residential areas.

The changes, which include mandatory height controls for land along St Georges Road between Northcote and Preston, aim to provide certainty to the community and the development industry about the future scale and location of development in the area.

Darebin City Council's St Georges Road Corridor Urban Design Framework 2013 identifies and supports opportunities for development along the corridor.

Route 112 Tram on St Georges Road
Above: Route 112 Tram on St Georges Road / City of Darebin.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said development proposals will be assessed on their merit by the Council, adding that the changes are designed to help guide future growth in the area and do not pre-empt the outcome of any specific proposal.

Mr Wynne said the amendment also provides certainty for the future development on land owned by the Department of Health and Human Services in Preston. This land is to be redeveloped for a mixed-social private project, including approximately 65 new social housing homes.

Amendment C136 to the Darebin Planning Scheme came into effect on 15 September 2016. More information is available from Darebin City Council's website at <http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/Building-and-Business/Planning-and-development/FutureDarebin>.

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