Where is Spencer?

Spencer is located in the centre of West Melbourne, bounded by Roden Street, King Street, Dudley Street, Rosslyn Street, and Spencer Street. It includes properties on both sides of Spencer Street between Hawke Street and Stanley Street, but is generally defined by major streets.

Spencer map

What is the vision for Spencer?

Spencer will be a vibrant inner-city area with a mix of retail, commercial, residential, community, and creative uses spilling out onto its streets. Spencer will be distinct from the central city and North Melbourne with its mix of converted warehouses, contemporary developments, heritage corner pubs, and Victorian shop fronts.

High quality design will be at the forefront of new developments in Spencer. In contrast to the central city, tower and podium developments will not be supported. Instead, alternative building types that respond to the characteristics of individual sites will be expected.

The large sites in Spencer will enable courtyard and perimeter block developments. Former warehouses will be reused or sensitively redeveloped to retain a sense of history and character. A maximum floor area ratio of 4:1 is proposed for Spencer (mandatory), in combination with proposed design objectives and maximum building heights of eight storeys fronting Spencer Street, King Street and Dudley Street, and six storeys on other local streets (discretionary).

Spencer will be a mixed use area focused around the busy local high street on Spencer Street, lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars south of Hawke Street. Some of these uses will turn the corner into the quieter, greener side streets.

Mixed use will be achieved through rezoning Spencer to a special use zone, with a commercial zone along Spencer Street and minimum requirements for employment floor space. See Part Two: The Framework (draft West Melbourne Structure Plan) for more information.

Destinations on Spencer Street will be supported by high quality public transport, and walking and cycling facilities.

Regular bus and tram stops will provide safe access to public transport services. Spencer Street will be safer and more pleasant for all users due to reduced vehicle speeds and lower volumes of traffic.

Open space in Spencer will be located in Rosslyn Street and Stanley Street, including tree planting, water sensitive urban design, small plazas, seating areas, and on-street dining.

Pedestrian safety and access will be improved across King Street to Eades Park.

The Spencer Street Master Plan will transform Spencer Street from a low amenity arterial traffic route into a lively, attractive and welcoming street.

Before and after view of Spencer

Before After