Heritage Policies Review
Applies to all properties within an existing Heritage Overlay.
Amendment C258 proposes to:
The land affected by Amendment C258 is all land within the Melbourne municipal area affected by a Heritage Overlay and land in West Melbourne.
Council adopted Planning Scheme Amendment C258 Heritage Policies Review and West Melbourne Heritage Review at its meeting on Tuesday 25 February 2020.
The Future Melbourne Committee of Council considered the independent Planning Panel Report and revised Amendment documents at its meeting on Tuesday 18 February 2020.
Find out more about the amendment adoption in the FAQ below.
Amendment C258 has been approved by the Minister for Planning.
Notice of approval of Amendment C258 was published in the Government Gazette on 10 July 2020.
The Amendment C258 Panel Hearing has concluded. The Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C258 Panel Report was issued on 21 May 2019. Read the Panel Report.
The documents listed below are the exhibited documents of Amendment C258:
For Expert Witness Statements (evidence) circulated by submitters during the Panel Hearing, see:
For access to submissions and supporting documents circulated by submitters during the Panel Hearing, refer to the Download Directory for documents listed in the Panel's Document List.
For Submissions and Expert Witness Statements (Evidence) circulated by Council during the Panel Hearing, see:
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.
The Heritage Overlay identifies places which are of heritage importance. The overlay seeks to conserve and enhance places of natural and cultural significance, and ensure that new development does not adversely affect the significance of the heritage place.
A planning scheme is a legal document that sets out planning policies, zones, overlays and other rules affecting how land can be used and developed in the municipality. It sets out what we can and cannot do on different areas of land in the city; for example, whether the land can be used for housing or a shop or business, what the height of a building should be, and how much open space should be provided.
As our city grows and changes, planning controls may be changed or updated to reflect the new circumstances. A change to the planning scheme is known as an amendment.
The process for an amendment is set out in the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The amendment process has a number of steps.
The Amendment proposes to:
Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C258 modernises and updates heritage policy and protection in the City of Melbourne.
The Victorian Government required the shift to the contemporary category system in line with modern heritage practice.
One policy (Clause 22.04) applies to heritage places in the Capital City Zone and the other (Clause 22.05) applies to heritage places outside the Capital City Zone.
Part A contains the new heritage planning policy introduced by Planning Scheme Amendment C258 and applies to places with the Significant/Contributory/Non-contributory category system.
Part B contains the existing heritage planning policy and applies to places that retain the existing A-D grading system.
The majority of properties in the Heritage Overlay have been converted to the new Significant/Contributory/Non-contributory system. However following consideration of the Planning Panel Report and a further check of the Heritage Places Inventory it was determined to remove a limited number of properties from Amendment C258 as follows:
These properties will all retain their existing gradings while Council undertakes a separate amendment to convert them to the Significant/Contributory/Non-contributory system.
The Heritage Places Inventory Part A contains properties that have been converted to the Significant/Contributory/Non-contributory system through Planning Scheme Amendment C258.
The Heritage Places Inventory Part B contains properties that retain the existing A-D grading system.
Yes, it is intended that a further amendment will be undertaken to convert the remaining properties with the A-D grading system to the Significant/Contributory/Non-contributory category system and that all the heritage properties in the City of Melbourne be in one Heritage Places Inventory.
A Statement of Significance describes the main heritage characteristics of a place and contains information on:
Planning Scheme Amendment C258 introduces two new incorporated documents containing Statements of Significance.
These are the West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016: Statements of Significance 2019 and the Heritage Precincts Statements of Significance 2019. Other Statements of Significance can be found in other incorporated documents.
Not all heritage places have a Statement of Significance. New places introduced through Planning Scheme Amendment C258 and places introduced through other recent amendments have a Statement of Significance.
The Victorian Government now requires all new heritage places to have a Statement of Significance so in the future all new places will have a Statement of Significance.
A Heritage Data Project is being undertaken to digitise the Heritage Places Inventory so that it can be mapped.
Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection the Wurundjeri, Bunurong, Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and Wadawurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin have to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.
We are committed to our reconciliation journey, because at its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, for the benefit of all Victorians.
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