The City of Melbourne has been at the forefront of heritage planning in Australia since the 1980s. When the first heritage controls were introduced, more than 30 studies were undertaken to document the city’s heritage.

Now more than 7,000 properties are protected under the Heritage Overlay in the Melbourne Planning Scheme. The municipality has benefited from this commitment to heritage and is renowned as one of the world’s great Victorian-era cities, with a rich diversity of heritage places.

Panel hearing

The Amendment C258 Panel Hearing is currently underway and a Directions Hearing will be held by the Panel at Planning Panels Victoria, Hearing Room 1 (Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne) at 10am on 7 November 2018 to consider how to further progress the remainder of the Panel Hearing.

Panel documents:

Council’s expert witness, Ms Jordan, recommended that ‘Clause 22.04 Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone’ and ‘Clause 22.05 Heritage Places outside the Capital City Zone’ be combined into one policy, ‘Clause 22.05 Heritage Policy’.

For the most recent version of, ‘Clause 22.05 Heritage Policy’, incorporating changes recommended by Council’s expert witnesses Ms Brady and Ms Jordan, see:

For the version of ‘Clause 22.05 Heritage Places outside the Capital City Zone’, that has been modified to incorporate changes recommended by Council’s experts, see: Attachment 4 to Agenda Item 6.4 of Future Melbourne Committee Meeting FMC 20 February 2018.

For a copy of the confirmed minutes from the Future Melbourne Committee meeting held on 20 February 2018 see Future Melbourne Committee Minutes.

For the Management’s report to Council, which included a response to submissions received during the exhibition period for Amendment C258, and Council’s proposed revisions to the exhibited Amendment documents in response to Submissions, see Report to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee.

For Submissions and Expert Witness Statements (Evidence) circulated by Council during the Panel Hearing, see:

Council Submissions

For access to further supporting documents circulated by Council during the Panel Hearing please refer to the Download Directory for documents listed in the Panel’s Document List.

Council Evidence

Amendment background

The City of Melbourne prepared and exhibited Amendment C258 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme to modernise and update heritage practice in the City. Amendment C258 proposes to:

  • revise the local heritage planning policies Clauses 22.04 (Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone) and 22.05 (Heritage Places Outside the Capital City Zone) in the Melbourne Planning Scheme,
  • introduce a new incorporated document ‘Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C258: Heritage Precinct Statements of Significance 2017’ which comprises the statements of significance currently included within clause 22.04 (Heritage Places within the Capital City Zone) and introduces new statements of significance for the six existing large heritage precincts outside the Capital City Zone of Carlton, East Melbourne and Jolimont, North Melbourne and West Melbourne, Parkville, South Yarra and Kensington,
  • replace the ‘A to D’ letter grading system with the ‘Significant/Contributory/Non-Contributory’ grading system,
  • replace the existing incorporated document: ‘Heritage Places Inventory June 2016’ which grades heritage places using the A to D heritage grading system with a new incorporated document ‘Melbourne Planning Scheme, Heritage Places Inventory 2017’ which grades all heritage places within a heritage overlay using the Significant/Contributory/Non Contributory grading system,
  • apply the Heritage Overlay, and incorporate statements of significance, to new places in West Melbourne assessed to be of heritage significance in the West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016.

The land affected by Amendment C258 is all land within the Melbourne municipal area affected by a Heritage Overlay and land in West Melbourne.

All relevant information about Amendment C258, including documents and FAQs can be found in the FAQs section.

Amendment C258 was on public exhibition from 29 March to 12 May 2017. All owners of properties in a Heritage Overlay at that time and all owners of properties in West Melbourne which might be affected by Amendment C258 were notified of Amendment C258 and of the process for making a submission about the Amendment.

Submissions about Amendment C258 were considered by Council’s Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) on 20 February 2018. FMC resolved to refer all submissions to an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning.

The Amendment C258 Panel Hearing is currently underway and a Directions Hearing will be held by the Panel at 10.00am on 7 November 2018 at Planning Panels Victoria to consider how to further progress the remainder of the Panel Hearing.


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