Update on changes to the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area announced 17 April 2015

April 21, 2015

On 17 April 2015, the Victorian Government announced important changes to the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. More information is available from the Metropolitan Planning Authority.

The changes include:

  • Designating the 205 hectare industrial and commercial precinct to the west of Lorimer as a new precinct in Fishermans Bend called the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct.
  • Introducing interim mandatory maximum building heights of 40 and 6 storeys for Lorimer. These controls apply to development applications lodged after 17 April 2015 and expire two years after 17 April 2015.
  • Announcement of a review of the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan (released in July 2014, amended 17 April 2015). Fishermans Bend will now be planned as five distinct precincts. Two of the five precincts, the Lorimer precinct and the newly announced Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct, are in the City of Melbourne.
  • Establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee with independent experts and community representatives to provide detailed advice.

The City of Melbourne will work with the Minister for Planning, the Metropolitan Planning Authority and other government departments and agencies to plan for Lorimer as it transitions into a central city neighbourhood. The Lorimer Structure Plan will be a key input in planning for the precinct.