Overview

Background

Golf is one of Australia’s most popular organised recreational activities. The sport is experiencing big changes in demand. Overall, traditional golf club membership is in decline and clubs are facing changing leisure patterns and increasing operating costs. Some golf clubs have been forced to merge or close. This trend has drawn developer interest in golf course land.

Recognising that golf course land, especially within Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) can be considered for rezoning, the Victorian Government wishes to ensure new proposals for redevelopment are assessed according to consistent criteria outlined in a planning decision-making framework.

This Standing Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to:

Part 1

Review and provide advice on the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. This includes a decision­ making framework used to assess proposals for the future redevelopment of surplus golf course land, primarily within metropolitan Melbourne. Plus advise how the guidelines can be given effect in the Victorian Planning System.

This work has been completed.

Part 2

Advise whether proposals that are referred to the Committee from the Minister for Planning (or delegate) for the rezoning of golf course land within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) of metropolitan Melbourne, to facilitate redevelopment for urban purposes satisfy the planning guidelines and are consistent with state and local policy.

Part 2 - Current Referrals

Proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment

On 9 May 2021 the Minister for Planning referred the proposed redevelopment of the Kingswood Golf Course to the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) for consideration and advice.

Information on the referral and details of the proposal (a draft combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application, their supporting documents and a draft Development Plan can be found in the ‘Referral’ Tab above.

Exhibition period and submissions

The Proposal was initially placed on public exhibition for 30 business days between Monday 28 June and 11.59pm Friday 6 August 2021.

On 2 August 2021, the Advisory Committee was advised by letter of the Minister for Planning's decision to extend the public exhibition period by two weeks until 20 August 2021.

On 19 August 2021, the Advisory Committee was advised by letter of the Minister for Planning's decision to provide an additional two week extension of the public exhibition period from 20 August 2021 to 3 September 2021.

You can view the submissions received on the proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment by visiting Engage Victoria.

Information about the process following the conclusion of the public exhibition period can be found in the Referral tab.

Standing Advisory Committee Part 1 Report, finalised guidelines and Ministerial response

The Advisory Committee provided its report to the Minister for Planning on 22 November 2019. The Minister for Planning’s consideration of the Advisory Committees Part 1 report is now complete.

On 25 June 2020, the Minister for Planning released:

  • The Advisory Committees Part 1 Report.
  • The final approved version of the draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment. (Which has been re-titled to “Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes”.)

In response to the recommendations in the Advisory Committees Part 1 Report, the Minister has prepared a Ministerial response. The Ministerial Response outlines what recommendations the Minister supported, partially supported or did not support.

The Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes will be given effect to in the Victorian Planning System through a ministerial direction that will be published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

You can access the following through the documents tab:

  • The Advisory Committees Part 1 Report.
  • The final Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes.
  • Ministerial response.

More information

Referral of proposals to the Advisory Committee and notice of the proposal enquiries:

State Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning  
☎ Phone: 1300 366 356
✉ Email: stateplanning.services@delwp.vic.gov.au

Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee Process enquiries:

Planning Panels Victoria
☎ Phone: (03) 136 186
✉ Email: Golf.SAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

Panel or Committee

The Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) was appointed in August 2019 to review and provide the Minister for Planning advice on draft Planning Guidelines for Golf Course Redevelopment and advise on proposals for redevelopment of golf course land within the Urban Growth Boundary of metropolitan Melbourne.

The work and scope of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference found below.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Standing Advisory Committee Members

The Advisory Committee is comprised of the following Members:

  • Lester Townsend (Chair)
  • Geoff Underwood (Deputy Chair)
  • Michael Malouf
  • Shelley McGuinness
  • Gabby McMillan
    Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (PDF, 111.4 KB)

Have your say

Have your say and make a submission to the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee

Status: Closed

Proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment

Submissions have now closed.

Submissions opens on

12.00am - Monday 28 June 2021

Submissions close on

11.59pm - Friday 03 September 2021

You can view the submissions received on the proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment by visiting Engage Victoria.

Documents

More information on the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee can be found at Engage Victoria.

Supporting Documents

Part 1

Referrals

Referral 1 – Proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment

The Minister for Planning (The Minister) has received a request from Australian Super Residential Property No.1 Ltd to consider a draft combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application to facilitate the redevelopment  of the  former Kingswood Golf Course at 179 - 217 Centre Dandenong Road, Dingley Village, VIC 3172 for residential purposes.

The Minister referred the proposal to the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee on 9 May 2021 for consideration and is undertaking consultation of the proposal in accordance with the Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.

The Advisory Committee will consider the submissions received and will consider and advise the Minister if the Proposal satisfies the Planning Guidelines for the Conversion of Golf Course Land to Other Purposes and is consistent with state and local policy. As requested by the Minister, the Advisory Committee will also consider the draft Former Kingswood Golf Course Development Plan and the draft planning permit application.

Background

A combined planning scheme amendment and planning permit application under section 96A of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 seeks to facilitate the redevelopment of the former Kingswood Golf Course for residential purposes.

The draft planning scheme amendment seeks to amend the Kingston Planning Scheme by rezoning the land to enable residential development and applying several overlays to manage development in accordance with the draft ‘Former Kingswood Golf Course Development Plan’.

The draft planning permit application is for the staged subdivision of land, construction of dwellings on each lot less than 300 square metres, alteration of access to a road in a Road Zone Category 1, removal of native vegetation, removal of vegetation, use of the land and buildings and works for a display home centre, reduction in car parking, construction and display of signs and use of the land to sell or consume liquor.

18.Planning Assessment Report (prepared by Tract Consultants, November 2020) (PDF, 15.2 MB)
19.Land Budget Plan (prepared by DKO Architects, November 2020) (PDF, 486.8 KB)
20.Landscape Masterplan Report Revision 2 (prepared by Tract Consultants, November 2020) (PDF, 9.7 MB)
21.Servicing Report (prepared by SMEC, October 2020) (PDF, 10.9 MB)
22.Flood Management Strategy (prepared by Cardno, October 2020) (PDF, 8.3 MB)
23.Traffic Impact Assessment (prepared by OneMileGrid, November 2020) (PDF, 15.3 MB)
24.Sustainability Management Plan  (prepared by SDC, October 2020) (PDF, 9.8 MB)
25.Green Travel Plan (prepared by SDC, October 2020) (PDF, 4.5 MB)
26.Golf Demand Assessment (prepared by GBAS, September 2020) (PDF, 3.5 MB)
27.Community Engagement Report (prepared by HJM, October 2020) (PDF, 9.1 MB)
28.Community Infrastructure Assessment (prepared by ASR Research, November 2020) (PDF, 3.9 MB)
29.Affordable Housing Assessment Report (prepared by Urbanxchange, October 2020) (PDF, 1.5 MB)
30.Preliminary Site Investigation (prepared by Senversa, May 2014) (PDF, 10.7 MB)
31.Targeted Soil Contamination Assessment (prepared by Senversa, July 2014) (PDF, 3.9 MB)
32.Preliminary Landfill Gas Assessment (prepared by Senversa, January 2015) (PDF, 14.6 MB)
33.Further Environmental Site Assessment (prepared by Senversa, January 2015) (PDF, 11.7 MB)
34.Supplementary Environmental Site Assessment (prepared by Senversa, January 2015) (PDF, 15.0 MB)
35.Environment Site Assessment – Final Site Condition (prepared by Senversa, February 2016) (PDF, 1.4 MB)

36.Summary of Site Condition and Suitability for Use (prepared by Senversa, April 2019) (PDF, 1.4 MB)
37.Soil Classification of In-Situ Soil Report (prepared by Presna, December 2019) (PDF, 3.6 MB)
38.Asbestos in Soil Assessment (prepared by Presna, December 2019) (PDF, 7.8 MB)
39.Assessment of Boundary Near Surface Soils (prepared by Senversa, September 2020) (PDF, 8.3 MB)
40.Aircraft and Road Traffic Noise Assessment (prepared by Wilkinson Murray, February 2016) (PDF, 6.8 MB)
41.Update to Noise Assessment (prepared by Wilkinson Murray, August 2020) (PDF, 144.1 KB)
42.LoA NASF Assessment (prepared by Rehbein, January 2016) (PDF, 3.1 MB)
43.Update to LoA NASF Assessment (prepared by Rehbein, September 2020) (PDF, 855.0 KB)
44.Geotechnical Investigation Assessment (prepared by Coffey, August 2015) (PDF, 2.6 MB)
45.Geotechnical Hazard Assessment (prepared by  Coffey, September 2020) (PDF, 8.6 MB)
46.Biodiversity Assessment Report (prepared by Ecology and Heritage Partners, November 2020) (PDF, 19.1 MB)
47.Wildlife Strike Risk Assessment (prepared by Ecology and Heritage Partners, November 2020) (PDF, 2.1 MB)
48.Cultural Heritage and Management Plan (Prepared by Tardis, March 2020) (PDF, 14.4 MB)
49.Notice of Approval of CHMP (Aboriginal Victoria, March 2020) (PDF, 78.2 KB)
50.Plans of Survey  Part A (prepared by Hellier McFarland, December 2015) (PDF, 4.5 MB)
51.Plans of Survey Part B (Hellier McFarland, December 2015) (PDF, 7.3 MB)

52.Arboricultural Assessment (prepared by Homewood, September 2020 part 1) (PDF, 15.0 MB)

View the draft Development Plan that has been prepared in accordance with the proposed DPO8:

1.Former Kingswood Golf Course Development Plan (prepared by Tract Consultants, November 2020) (PDF, 5.4 MB)

Exhibition period and submissions

The proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment was initially released for public comment for 30 business days between Monday 28 June 2021 to 11.59pm Friday 6 August 2021.

On 2 August 2021, the Advisory Committee was advised by letter of the  Minister for Planning’s decision to extend the public exhibition period by two weeks to 20 August 2021.

On 19 August 2021, the Advisory Committee was advised by letter of the Minister for Planning’s decision to provide an additional two week extension of the public exhibition period from 20 August 2021 to 3 September 2021.

You can view the submissions received on the proposed Kingswood Golf Course Redevelopment by visiting Engage Victoria.

Directions Hearing

The Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Zoom at 10.00am on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

In light of the Minister for Planning’s decision on 19 August 2021 to allow an additional two week extension to the exhibition period, the Advisory Committee determined to maintain the originally advertised Directions Hearing date to minimise uncertainty to parties of the process.

The presentation given by the Advisory Committee at the Directions Hearing is available on the Engage Victoria website.

The purpose of the Directions Hearing was to:

  • consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
  • make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
  • answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.

Hearing

Following the consideration of two adjournment requests (from Dingley Village Community Association and the City of Kingston), the Advisory Committee has determined the Hearing will commence on Monday 8 November 2021.

The Public Hearing will run for three weeks.

Further information about the Hearing arrangements and the Hearing Timetable (when released) are available on the Engage Victoria website.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing is open for anyone to watch.

The Advisory Committee will consider all submissions, irrespective of whether a submitter requests to be heard.

Report

The Terms of Reference require the Advisory Committee to submit its report to the Minister for Planning as soon as practicable but no later than 40 business days from the completion of its hearing.

Contact information

If you have any queries on the request, please contact Hayley Presnell, Senior Planner, State Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning via email at stateplanning.services@delwp.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.

If you have any questions about making a submission and the Advisory Committee process, please contact Planning Panels Victoria via email on golf.sac@delwp.vic.gov.au or call 136 186 (select option 6).