Draft Fishermans Bend Framework released for consultation

THE Victorian Government has launched the draft Fishermans Bend Framework, which it said will deliver on the 2050 vision for the area to become a thriving place that is a leading example for environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity and innovation.

A suite of planning controls has also been released for public consultation to help achieve the objectives and strategies of the draft Framework. The draft planning controls include updates to the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip Municipal Strategic Statements and Local Planning Policies.

Other draft planning controls include new schedules to the Capital City Zone, Design and Development Overlay, Car Parking Overlay, Development Plan Overlay, Environmental Audit Overlay and Environmental Significance Overlay.

Draft Fishermans Bend Framework

The draft Framework was developed by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce, a cross-government body with input from the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee and Melbourne and Port Phillip City Councils. According to the government, key initiatives in the Framework include:

  • New walking and cycling connections, immediate enhancements to bus services and planning for future public transport networks;
  • Significant provision of open space, including 4 AFL size ovals, 6 soccer pitches and 8 outdoor courts;
  • A target of 6 per cent affordable housing;
  • Balancing growth and liveability through planning controls that deliver community benefits such as parks and affordable housing, and stronger height and overshadowing provisions; and
  • Four primary schools including South Melbourne (Ferrars Street) Primary School currently under way, a public secondary school and multi-purpose health, arts and sports community hubs.

Fishermans Bend covers approximately 485 hectares to the south-west of Melbourne's CBD and consists of five linked precincts: Montague, Lorimer, Sandridge, Wirraway and Employment Precinct. By 2050, the area is expected to accommodate 80,000 residents and 80,000 employees.

While public transport to the precinct is currently limited, the draft Framework proposes a new tram route across the Yarra River to connect with Collins Street in Docklands, and protects land for potential future underground rail stations.

Once finalised, the Framework and planning controls will replace the existing Strategic Framework Plan and the interim built form controls. A Planning Review Panel has been established to receive submissions and will conduct public hearings following the close of consultation.

More information about the draft Fishermans Bend Framework is available from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at <>.

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