Mandatory development controls announced for Melbourne's Fishermans Bend precinct

VICTORIAN Planning Minister Richard Wynne has announced mandatory development controls for Fishermans Bend, with a focus on social housing and smart design for the 80,000 people who will one day live there.

In a statement on Sunday, Mr Wynne said the new controls support the State Government's push for development in Fishermans Bend to support new communities, in line with the long-term vision which was released in October.

Map showing the five different neighbourhoods that will form part of the Fishermans Bend precinct
Above: Map showing the five different neighbourhoods that will form part of the Fishermans Bend precinct / Victorian Government.

"We need our new neighbourhoods to have a good mix of small and large apartments with social housing and commercial space," Mr Wynne said.

Fishermans Bend Vision
Above: The Fishermans Bend Vision was released by the State Government in September.

"Developers who want to build projects in properly planned precincts, who want to build neighbourhoods with some longevity, have got the opportunity to be part of the biggest urban renewal opportunity in the country."

Developers wanting permits taller than 12 storeys will be encouraged to include six per cent social housing in their projects, and to make at least 30 per cent of all apartments three-bedroom.

In the Lorimer and Montague neighbourhoods, buildings taller than 12 storeys will be expected to include at least 15 per cent of floor space for commercial and community use.

Interim controls, which included discretionary height limits between four and 40 storeys, were introduced last year. Work on detailed neighbourhood environmental precinct plans is currently under way.

The height limits introduced by the interim controls will now be mandatory and applied to every existing development application under assessment. The controls, which also include new building setbacks, will be in place until final neighbourhood plans are set in late 2018.

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