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Submissions for Planning Scheme Amendment C245 have now closed.

An independent panel has been appointed to consider submissions in May 2016. Updates are provided below.


On 8 March 2016, the Future Melbourne Committee resolved to request the Minister for Planning appoint an Independent Panel to consider the submissions to Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C245.

View the Future Melbourne Committee 8 March 2016 committee report and minutes.

A three person panel has now been appointed. A directions hearing was held on Tuesday 12 April 2016 with the Panel Hearing to commence on Monday 2 May 2016. The panel members are Trevor McCullough, Lorina Nervegna and Tania Quick.

All submitters to amendment C245 have been notified of the resolutions of the 8 March 2016 Future Melbourne Committee meeting and panel hearing dates.

Anyone who made a submission during the formal public consultation period has been invited by Planning Panels Victoria to present their submission at the panel hearing. Members of the public can attend the panel hearing to listen to the discussions.

Planning Panels Victoria will provide a timetable of speakers and the running order for the panel hearing. This will be made available on the City of Melbourne website.

Documentation relevant to the panel hearing will also be made available on the Planning and Building page.

April 14, 2016

The exhibition of Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C245 has closed. All submissions received to Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C245 will be presented to the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 5.30pm. A copy of the committee report will be available on the City of Melbourne website from Thursday 3 March 2016. Members of the public are invited to attend this meeting. Once this report has been presented to the Future Melbourne Committee a request to the Minister for Planning will be made to appoint an independent panel to review the planning scheme amendment and the submissions received.

March 2, 2016


The City of Melbourne has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C245 as an important step in progressing the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal project.

Planning Scheme Amendment C245 will help us deliver on the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Master plan by better connecting the city with the market precinct: allowing us to create better streets, new laneways and improved public space.

Since the introduction of the current built form controls for the area surrounding the Queen Victoria Market, the city has undergone significant change. Development controls need to be updated to recognise that the market precinct is now very much a part of the growing central city.

In addition, current height limits in the area surrounding the renewal precinct are discretionary and have not been effective in controlling height limits around the market site.

The amendment seeks to balance the heritage of the market precinct with ensuring the right type of new development within the market precinct.

It will also allow Council to meet the obligations set out in its agreement with the State Government for the future development of the precinct.

View the amendment, built form report and supporting information in the Document Library.

Planning Scheme Amendment C245 proposes to:

  • Rezone the market site to Public Use Zone to reflect its on-going public use.
  • Rezone the new public open space proposed for part of the existing car park to Public Park and Recreation Zone.
  • Include the land directly along the south of the market site in a Development Plan Overlay (DPO 11) that defines the allowed building envelope of street frontage heights and setbacks, and the wind and weather protection requirements of new development. The remainder of the area will be in a Design Development Overlay 14 (DDO 14) this includes built form controls to promote comfortable pedestrian conditions at street level, similar to those in the DPO 11.