Arden is an urban renewal precinct in North Melbourne, less than 2km from the Melbourne central city. Located around the Metro Tunnel’s new Arden Station, Arden will be an employment and innovation precinct and a thriving new neighbourhood for Melbourne’s inner north-west. It aspires to accommodate approximately 34,000 jobs and be home to around 15,000 residents.
In 2016, we asked the local community what you wanted to see in this future precinct. Your feedback helped shape the Arden Vision (pdf 6.4MB), a guiding document that sets out the priorities for Arden’s development.
In 2020 the draft Arden Structure Plan was prepared to bring that vision to life.
From 29 June to 23 August we asked the community for feedback on the draft Arden Structure Plan. This feedback will be used to inform the final Arden Structure Plan.
The Arden Structure Plan will guide the development of Arden over the next 30+ years. It plans how things like new buildings, parks, and infrastructure should develop over time. It will also guide future government decisions on things like schools and transport.
The draft Arden Structure Plan is a draft version of the plan for you to read.
Melbourne’s population is predicted to grow to almost 8 million by 2050.
Close to Melbourne’s central city and serviced by three train stations and the new Metro Tunnel, Arden offers a significant opportunity to accommodate the new jobs and residents of a growing Melbourne. Arden’s renewal will also provide schools, infrastructure and services for the growing North Melbourne community.
Innovation precincts are areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. Brought together, these organisations are able to connect and collaborate, spurring economic development.
Arden will be a new epicentre of knowledge and innovation in Melbourne. Arden will complement the neighbouring Parkville biomedical innovation and research precinct, making it a new employment hub for life sciences, health, digital technology and education. It will strengthen Victoria’s position as Australia’s top performing economy.
Urban renewal is the redevelopment of land in established parts of the city from industrial or low-intensity precincts to precincts with more employment, commercial or residential opportunities.
The Victorian Planning Authority is the Victorian Government’s specialist authority for land use and infrastructure planning in growing urban areas across the state. The City of Melbourne is the local government body responsible for the municipality of Melbourne.
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