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Submissions for Planning Scheme Amendment C173 have now closed. Project updates are provided below.

The City of Melbourne has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C173 to enable the development of a sustainability and innovation hub, known as Carlton Connect. Carlton Connect is to be located on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site– bounded by Swanston, Grattan and Cardigan Streets, Carlton.

The land and the Carlton Connect Initiative are owned by the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne has prepared this planning scheme amendment at the university’s request.

The University of Melbourne is seeking to create Australia’s largest sustainability and innovation hub that supports education, research and engagement activities.

Updates

On 15 October 2015, the Minister for Planning’s approval of Amendment C173 was gazetted and the Melbourne Planning Scheme was amended accordingly.

The approved version of the amendment is available on the Planning Scheme Amendments Online page.

October 20, 2015


As recommended by the Future Melbourne Committee, Council formally adopted Amendment C173 as at 28 July 2015. It has been sent to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Further information is available on the Council 2015 meetings page.

August 6, 2015


The Future Melbourne Committee resolved Council adopt changes recommended by the panel and send the adopted amendment to the Minister for Planning for his approval. View management’s report and the minutes on the Future Melbourne Committee meeting documentation page.

Formal adoption of the amendment will be considered by Council at its 28 July 2015 meeting. View the 2015 meeting dates.


July 17, 2015


The Panel appointed to consider the amendment and the submissions on the amendment has provided its report to the City of Melbourne. You can view the report below.

In summary:

  • The Panel supports the amendment and recommends Council adopt it with some changes.
  • The Panel found that the Public Use Zone 3 (the current zone), the Comprehensive Development Zone and the Mixed Use Zone were not appropriate zoning options. The panel is satisfied that the proposed zone, the Capital City Zone (CCZ), is the most appropriate zone for this site.
  • The Panel found that the Development Plan Overlay (DPO) is a suitable planning tool for the site and they recommend adopting the proposed new Schedule 10 (DPO10) with some revisions, including lowering the preferred maximum street wall height from 40 metres to 25 metres at the corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets.
  • In addition, rather than applying Clause 22.17 Urban Design outside the Capital City Zone to the site, the Panel recommends applying Clause 22.01 Urban Design within the Capital City Zone.

It is anticipated that the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) will consider the Panel’s findings in July 2015.

May 18, 2015


The Public Hearing is open to all submitters and the public to attend. This hearing will take place on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April 2015 at Planning Panels Victoria.

The current timetable is as follows:


Day 1: Tuesday 7 April 2015

Venue: Planning Panels Victoria, Hearing Room 1 (Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne)

Time

Party

Allocated time

10.00am – 10.15am

Panel opening

15 min

10.15am – 11.45am

City of Melbourne, represented by Gisele Pratt, Senior Strategic Planner

1.5 hours

11.45am – 12noon

Tea break

12noon – 1.00pm

University of Melbourne, represented by John Carey of Minter Ellison

Calling evidence in Urban Design and Planning

4 hours

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Lunch Break

2.00pm -4.30pm

University of Melbourne, continued


Day 2: Wednesday 8 April 2015

Venue: Planning Panels Victoria, Hearing Room 1 (Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne)

Time

Party

Allocated time

10.00am – 11.30am

Accompanied site inspections (meet at corner of Swanston and Grattan Streets)

1.5 hours

1.00pm – 1.05pm

Lynette Cracknell

5 mins

1.05pm – 1.35pm

The Carlton Residents Association, represented by Ewan Ogilvy

30 mins

1.35pm – 1.50pm

Ian and Greta Bird

15 mins

1.50pm – 2.05pm

Wayne Fitzgerald

15 mins

2.05pm – 2.20pm

Tea break

2.20pm – 2.50pm

Right of reply – City of Melbourne

Up to 30 mins

2.50pm – 3.20pm

Right of reply – University of Melbourne

Up to 30 mins

If you have any queries regarding the Panel process, please contact Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 6397 or planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

March 4, 2015


A Panel has been appointed to consider the Amendment and the submissions made in response to it. The appointed members of the Panel are Kathy Mitchell (Chair) and Brett Davis.

The role of the Panel is to:

  • Give submitters an opportunity to be heard in an independent forum in an informal, non-judicial manner
  • Give independent advice to the Planning Authority and the Minister about the proposed Amendment.

The hearing process has two stages: the Directions Hearing and the Public Heating

Stage 1: Directions Hearing

The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:

  • Consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
  • Make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
  • Answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.

A directions hearing will be held at:

10.00am, Monday 2 March 2015

Hearing Room 1

Planning panels Victoria

Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne

Stage 2: Public Hearing

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission.

The Public Hearing is open to all submitters and the public to attend. This hearing is scheduled for Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April 2015 at Planning Panels Victoria.

Planning Panels Victoria has advised all submitters of the directions hearing and panel hearing dates and submitters will have an opportunity to make a verbal presentation to the Panel.

If you have any queries regarding the Panel process, please contact Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 6397 or planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

February 17, 2015


On 3 February 2015, the Future Melbourne Committee considered the submissions received and resolved to request the Minister for Planning appoint an independent Panel. Whilst the Panel will consider all matters raised in the submissions, the Future Melbourne Committee specifically requested the Panel consider whether the purpose and objectives of the new development can be fully achieved utilising a land use zone other than the Capital City Zone.

It is anticipated that a directions hearing will take place in early March 2015 and the panel hearing in early April 2015.

Once the Panel has been appointment, Planning Panels Victoria will advise all submitters of the directions hearing and panel hearing dates and submitters will have an opportunity to make a verbal presentation to the Panel.

February 12, 2015


A report on public submissions will be presented to the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

For further information about this meeting, including the agenda, reports and how to make a written or verbal presentation to the Committee, visit the Council and committee meetings page.

January 29, 2015


Submissions for Planning Scheme Amendment C173 have now closed.

The Future Melbourne Committee will consider all submissions in early 2015 and is likely to request that the Minister appoint an independent panel to review this community feedback.

We will continue to provide updates on Participate Melbourne.

November 25, 2014


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