Phase one

The conversation

We are developing a refreshed structure plan for Macaulay. In November 2019 we published a discussion paper to share information about the Macaulay urban renewal precinct, as well as seek feedback on how best to plan for the future of the neighbourhood. Consultation took place from 13 November to 19 December 2019.

Gathering insights

The Macaulay refresh discussion paper was distributed widely and a number of groups were spoken with, including:

  • residents
  • workers
  • neighbourhood associations
  • Traditional Owner groups
  • landowners
  • property and planning groups
  • state agencies
  • local and state government.

People were encouraged to participate through targeted social media posts, emails to local organisations and state agencies, letters to landowners, e-newsletters, pop-up consultation sessions, and through Participate Melbourne. In total, six local events were hosted, six digital platforms were used, over 100,000 people were reached and 269 ideas recorded.

Drop-in session at Kensington Market

Feedback we received

31 online survey responses

7 written submissions

128 in-person comments

What we heard

Key insights that emerged from community feedback included that we want Macaulay to be:

  • A place prepared for the future: Ensuring our housing, transport and employment opportunities can support a growing population and looking ahead to a changing climate, focusing on flood management and increased green spaces.
  • A nice place to live: Making sure Macaulay is a nice place to live, work, play and relax and ensuring employment opportunities, housing and transport options allow for good quality of life.
  • A place for the community: Creating welcoming, accessible and inclusive community spaces that feature green spaces, sports facilities and community buildings to encourage social connection.

You said

Feedback on vision and themes

95% of respondents supported or somewhat supported the vision.

We heard:

  • Height restrictions on new developments should be enforced to maintain a mid-rise character.
  • Green, open spaces, as well as sky views and natural light should be prioritised.
  • The outcome must result in a nice place to live that is sensitive to the needs of those using the Macaulay area.

87% of respondents thought it important that there is a mix of homes and local employment opportunities in a neighbourhood.

We heard:

  • It is important for the area to have a mix of residential and local employment opportunities.
  • Forming and maintaining community connections is crucial and can be facilitated by living and working in the neighbourhood.
  • Retaining a residential feel and reducing the carbon footprint associated with commuting should be considered.
  • It is important to acknowledge, promote and accept community diversity.
  • While we should try and minimise the industrial ‘feel’, there should be sufficient commercial activity in the area, so locals don’t have to go elsewhere to access basic needs and services.

68% of respondents thought it important that new residential developments contribute to increasing the amount of affordable housing.

We heard:

  • There must be opportunities for lower-income people to live in the Macaulay area.
  • It is important that there be a minimum proportion of housing dedicated for low-income use.
  • It is important to have a mix of income groups in the area, including lower and higher income.
  • Housing stock must remain high-quality. It is not OK to encourage cheap housing with a short lifespan.

87% of respondents thought it important that planning controls allow variation in the height and shape of buildings.

We heard:

  • We do not support unfettered high-rise development.
  • It is important that height restrictions are in place to ensure human-scale living is retained.
  • It is important to us that planning controls allow variation in the height and shape of buildings.
  • We value the aesthetics of our neighbourhood.

100% of respondents thought it important to improve public transport in the Macaulay area.

We heard:

  • We all agree, to at least some degree, that walking routes should be improved.
  • Walking route improvement will assist people’s ability to move around within the area.
  • It's important that bike paths are improved.
  • Cyclists should be able to move safely, and separate bike paths are the best way to achieve this.
  • Public transport is, or should be, an integral part of any city.
  • It's important that public transport is regular, reliable and user-friendly.
  • Car parking is a contentious topic. We want the freedom to own and park a car, but we also recognise that too many cars in the area will be problematic.
  • Congestion is an issue and will require a system-wide solution.

29% of respondents selected sustainability as one of their top three activities that outdoor public space should cater for.

We heard:

  • It is important that there are open, green spaces for the community to use.
  • These spaces must be welcoming and easy to access, e.g. sheltered from the effects of wind, rain and sun.
  • It is important for the community to have places to play sport and stay fit.
  • If the area is to be a mix of residential and commercial, it must include more public spaces that cater to the residential population.

23% of respondents wanted indoor community facilities to cater for arts and culture, and childhood programs and services.

We heard:

  • Access to multi-purpose community spaces should be easy and cheap.
  • Space should be made available for sport/fitness, community, social and creative endeavors.
  • The main activities that we want to see community spaces being used for are arts and culture, and programs for children.
  • Easy to book, cheap spaces will encourage community cohesion.
  • Community facilities should be culturally appropriate and inclusive, so that all members of the community feel welcome to use them.

90% of respondents thought it important to allocate space in streets and parks to manage flooding.

We heard:

  • The Macaulay area is susceptible to flooding.
  • Environmental factors and climate change may see an increased risk of flooding in the area in the future.
  • We are concerned about potential social, environmental and economic consequences of flooding.
  • It is important to address flood mitigation in planning, to protect people and property.

Next steps

The ideas and comments gathered through this engagement on the discussion paper will help us identify any further work required. The feedback will also help us develop the refreshed structure plan for Macaulay.

In mid-2020 there will be another phase of consultation on the draft Macaulay Structure Plan.

Phase two

The conversation

In July 2020, the Future Melbourne Committee endorsed the Macaulay Draft Structure Plan Refresh for community and stakeholder consultation.

This phase of community consultation took place from 9 July to 15 September 2020.

Gathering insights

The City of Melbourne heard from Traditional Owner groups, residents, interested community members, neighbourhood associations, landowners, business owners, property and planning groups, and government agencies.

Due to the COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions across Victoria, it was not possible to host planned face-to-face activities. In response to the restrictions, engagement events were hosted online.

In total 12 virtual events were hosted, three digital platforms were utilised, 4,300 people visited the Participate Melbourne page, and the views of 177 people were recorded.

Feedback we received

103 online survey responses

31 written submissions

43 focus group attendees

What we heard

In general, the proposals in all four themes of the draft Structure Plan received a majority of agreement from responses through both the survey and the focus groups.

There were also a lot of ideas for improvement and some questions raised that will be considered in developing the final Structure Plan.

Key feedback themes

Next steps

Feedback we heard on the Macaulay Draft Structure Plan Refresh has been analysed and will inform the final Structure Plan for Macaulay.

The Structure Plan will be presented to Council for endorsement later this year. Follow this page to receive the latest updates.

Macaulay Structure Plan Refresh