Consultation for Ivanhoe Development Height Controls

The Minister for Planning is exhibiting a planning scheme amendment (Banyule C123) which proposes to implement mandatory height controls in the Ivanhoe Activity Centre on a permanent basis. Unlike the previous discretionary height provisions that applied to Ivanhoe prior to the pilot program, mandatory height provisions cannot be exceeded under any circumstances.

Banyule City Council requested that the Minister for Planning introduce mandatory height controls for Ivanhoe in 2017.

In November 2017, via Amendment C122, the Minister for Planning introduced interim mandatory building height controls in Ivanhoe for a period of 11 months to strengthen controls in Ivanhoe Activity Centre and provide certainty to the Banyule community while further work for the pilot program is undertaken.

Without the introduction of the controls proposed through Amendment C123 the interim provisions will expire on 30 September 2018.

Prior to making a decision on Amendment C123, the Minister for Planning has decided to exhibit the revised permanent controls, requesting interested parties to make their submissions on the proposed controls.

These submissions must be made in writing to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning before 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018.

Ivanhoe Activity Centre

Through the Activity Centre Pilot Program, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has worked with council to investigate the current height controls within the Ivanhoe Activity Centre.

The heights for the Ivanhoe Activity Centre in the Banyule Planning Scheme are informed by the findings of the Ivanhoe Structure Plan.

The investigations undertaken as part of the Activity Centre Pilot Program have examined the preparatory work and strategic justification used by Banyule City Council in developing the Ivanhoe Structure Plan.

To ensure that orderly planning occurs, it is important that the planning controls in the Banyule Planning Scheme give effect to the vision and expectations of the Structure Plan.

Following these investigations, the Minister for Planning has decided to exhibit permanent mandatory height controls for Ivanhoe Activity Centre.

Proposed Changes to the Banyule Planning Scheme

The changes are proposed to occur through revisions to Design and Development Overlay (DDO) 11 which currently applies to the Ivanhoe Activity Centre.

The DDO is a planning control that is used to guide the assessment of planning permit applications within the activity centre. The DDO outlines design objectives relating to height and setbacks, overshadowing, design, acoustic and visual amenity and heritage & character against which planning permit applications are assessed.

No other planning provisions for the centre are proposed to be changed.

Residential zoned land within the activity centre already has mandatory heights, which will remain in place.

Further Information (Information Pack)

How to make a submission

You may make a submission by emailing planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au or via post to Planning Implementation, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, PO Box 500, East Melbourne VIC 8002.

Submissions must be made in writing to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by 5pm on Friday 20 July 2018.

Information session

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Banyule City Council will host an information session about the changes. This will provide an opportunity for you to view the proposal and ask any questions.

Date: 28 June 2018
Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Location: Council Chambers, Customer Service Centre, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

If you wish to attend, please RSVP to planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au by 5pm on 27 June 2018.