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 proposed 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.

The Amendment 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.

Consultation closed



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation

    28 June to 10 August 2018

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Submissions to the 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 3 - complete

    Submissions to the independent panel

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

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Recommendation of panel report to the Future Melbourne Committee

    Future Melbourne Committee considers the panel report and changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment. Council submits final amendment to Minister for approval.

Amendment overview

Find out more about Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C308.

Melbourne Design Guide

Raising the bar on design quality of development outcomes in the central city and Southbank.

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