The City of Melbourne has developed a West Melbourne Structure Plan, endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee in February 2018.

West Melbourne is a long-established area with a strong community, diverse mix of housing, warehouses and businesses, and a rich cultural and architectural heritage. The new structure plan guides the development of future growth in West Melbourne.

The plan outlines:

  • tailored planning controls to protect character and heritage buildings
  • creation of a new high street at Spencer Street
  • unlocking 10,000m2 of new open space.

Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C309, which implements the West Melbourne Structure Plan by introducing new tailored planning controls in the Planning Scheme, was on public exhibition until 4 February 2019. It was approved by the Minister for Planning in May 2022.

For more information about the amendment, visit Amendment C309.

Consultation closed

Artist’s impression of four West Melbourne areas

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West Melbourne Structure Plan



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    27 March to 18 May 2015

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    18 February to 27 March 2017

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Community consultation - phase three

    Early July to 20 August 2017

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Finalise structure plan and begin planning scheme amendment

    Early 2018

Amendment C309 public exhibition

We proposed new planning controls to guide the development and use of land in West Melbourne.

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