The City of Melbourne has undertaken a review of the current urban design policies in the Melbourne Planning Scheme, which apply to the central city and Southbank.

Amendment C308 proposes a new approach to urban design including a new Design and Development Overlay Schedule 1, which consolidates the existing planning scheme provisions and brings them into line with best practice.

Amendment C308 also includes the Central Melbourne Design Guide that will assist the community, developers and planners to understand the requirements within the new Design and Development Overlay Schedule 1. The Central Melbourne Design Guide is a graphic representation of the provisions and aims to make clear the elements, which make up a good quality urban design outcome.

We invite you to make a submission on Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C308 by 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Amendment background

Amendment C308 proposes to introduce new urban design provisions into the Melbourne Planning Scheme by:

  • Deleting Clause 22.01 Urban Design in the Capital City Zone policy;
  • Replacing Schedule 1 to the Design and Development Overlay Active Street Frontages with a new Schedule 1 to the Design and Development Overlay Urban Design in the Central City and Southbank. The proposed DDO1 includes development requirements to ensure a high standard of urban design, architecture and landscape architecture in all new development;
  • Deleting Schedule 4 to the Design and Development Overlay (Weather Protection – Capital City Zone) and incorporating the provisions of this schedule into the proposed DDO1;
  • Replacing the schedule to Clause 61.03 with a new schedule to Clause 61.03; and
  • Deleting Map No 8DDO1 and Map 8DDO4 and replacing with a new Map No 8DDO1.

Amendment C308 is supported by a Synthesis Report: Promoting high quality urban design outcomes in the Central City and Southbank and the Central Melbourne Design Guide which will provide developers, consultants and planners with an illustrated guide showing how the proposed DDO1 provisions can be achieved.

Amendment C308 will affect new development in the Central City and Southbank. It includes provisions to foster good design in new development.

The proposed DDO1 will apply to land generally within the Hoddle Grid and Southbank and will inform the City of Melbourne’s assessment of any planning permit application within this area.

It is important to note that the Melbourne Planning Scheme is a detailed document and various planning scheme policies and provisions can apply to land. You can find more information at Melbourne Planning Scheme.

Submission process

To lodge your submission for Amendment C308 complete the ‘make a submission’ form on this page and click ‘submit’ .

A submission can also be sent via email to or posted to, Team Leader – Planning Policy, City of Melbourne, GPO Box 1603, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.

Any person who may be affected by the Amendment may make a submission to the planning authority about the amendment. Submissions must be made in writing giving the submitter’s name and contact address, clearly stating the grounds on which the Amendment is supported or opposed and indicating what changes (if any) the submitter wishes to make.

Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

The planning authority must make a copy of every submission available at its office for any person to inspect free of charge for two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Once the exhibition is completed, all submissions will be considered by Council. Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council can decide whether to make the change requested by submissions to the Amendment or request that the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent panel to review and hear submissions.

Before making a final decision on the Amendment, Council will consider the independent panel’s advice. If the Amendment is adopted by Council, then it will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.

If you would like further information about Amendment C308 or the Planning Scheme Amendment process please contact the Planning Policy team by phone 9658 9658 or email at



Central Melbourne Design Guide