Arden is an urban renewal precinct in North Melbourne, less than 2km from the central city. Located around the Metro Tunnel’s new Arden Station, this thriving neighbourhood of the future will be a transport-rich employment precinct that is important to the economic and social recovery of Melbourne. The proposed Amendment C407 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme, which includes the Arden Structure Plan, sets out the objectives, strategies, spatial layout and planning framework that will guide the precinct’s development over the next 30 years. It establishes the framework for delivering new buildings, parks, street networks and infrastructure over time. It will also guide government decisions on future infrastructure including, a government primary school, a proposed health institution and future transport investment.

For more information on what is currently proposed for Arden in the Planning Scheme Amendment and Arden Structure Plan, including what has changed since the draft Structure Plan and FAQs, visit

The City of Melbourne prepared its own submission to the proposed Amendment C407 and the Arden Structure Plan, which identifies a number of key issues to be resolved.

A detailed report was endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee for formal submission to the VPA as part of the Arden consultation period.

There are a number of elements in the Arden Structure Plan that City of Melbourne support, including the provision of new open space to support the growing community, strategies to green the public realm, the proposed transport network which prioritises people walking, riding a bike and using public transport, and a target for zero net emissions by 2040. The proposed future health and education uses will help create a thriving innovation precinct.

However, we submit that the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment and revised Arden Structure Plan further consider:

  • Better alignment of the Arden Vison and key elements of the Structure Plan with the proposed planning controls.
  • Opportunities to deliver significant affordable housing.
  • Proposed development density and built form controls’ capacity to achieve high quality urban design and amenity outcomes.
  • Effective facilitation of innovation and employment uses.
  • The quality of open spaces.
  • The implementation of key strategies such as environmental sustainability.
  • Funding and delivery of future infrastructure projects.
  • Community rights to participate in future planning processes.

Read the full submission.

The 2018 Arden Vision and the 2020 draft Arden Structure Plan were prepared in partnership by the Victorian Planning Authority and the City of Melbourne.

The proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C407 and Arden Structure Plan have been prepared by the Victorian Planning Authority and Department of Transport, in consultation with the City of Melbourne. City of Melbourne is committed to working with the Victorian Government and our community to realise a high-quality, inclusive, climate-adapted, globally competitive innovation district.

City of Melbourne has reviewed the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment, including the Structure Plan and Development Contributions Plan, and made a written submission to the Victorian Planning Authority on 6 October, 2021, identifying a number of issues yet to be resolved.

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  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan


  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Public consultation on Draft Arden Vision and Framework


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Final Arden Vision and Framework endorsed by Council and Minister for Planning


  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Public consultation on Draft Arden Structure Plan

    29 July – 23 August 2020

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Arden Station Construction


  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    ‘What we heard’ community engagement report published

    Early 2021

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Updated Arden Structure Plan and proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C407 published by the VPA

    13 September 2021

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Consultation and submissions on proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C407 and Arden Structure Plan

    13 September - 11 October 2021

  • Timeline item 9 - active

    Advisory Committee hearing commences, if required

    Early 2022

  • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

    Draft Amendment submitted to Minister for Planning for consideration and finalisation

    Mid 2022

  • Timeline item 11 - incomplete

    Arden Station opens with early activation and development around the station


  • Timeline item 12 - incomplete

    Development intensifies


  • Timeline item 13 - incomplete

    Mature precinct with infill opportunities



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