Sunlight is important for our well-being and particularly important in the winter months.

Parks in Southbank and the central city have existing planning controls protecting them from overshadowing in winter. We want to extend this to all City of Melbourne parks, which currently do not have the same level of protection.

In 2016 we consulted with the community and found that sunlight in public parks is valued throughout all seasons and at different times of the day for a range of uses.

Amendment C278 (now Amendment C415) proposes new planning controls, which will protect winter sun in all our parks, whether small or large.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    7 April to 6 May 2016

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Digital modelling to understand park sunlight levels


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Prepare technical and background report to inform a new Sunlight to Public Spaces Policy

    2017 to 2018

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Prepare draft planning controls


  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Request approval from the Minister for Planning to formally consult on Amendment C278


  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    30 July to 5 September 2019

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Report on public submissions to Future Melbourne Committee. Council requests Minister to appoint an independent panel to review and hear submissions.

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Submissions to the Independent Panel

    An independent panel considers written submissions lodged during the statutory period, hears verbal submissions in support of the written submissions and makes recommendations.

    March 2021

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    The Amendment C278 Sunlight to Parks Committee considers the panel report and changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment. Council submits final amendment to Minister for approval as a new 20(4) amendment.

  • Timeline item 10 - active

    Final amendment submitted to the Minister for Planning

    Council submits final amendment (now Amendment C415) to the Minister for approval under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

    20 September 2021

Amendment overview

Find out more about Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C278 (now Amendment C415).

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