About heritage studies

What is a heritage study?

Heritage studies are a detailed investigation into properties and places which may have heritage significance. A heritage study includes research into the history of a place or area. It provides information as to why a place may be significant, what about the place is significant, as well as any recommendations to protect the place through statutory planning controls (i.e. Heritage Overlay).

This information that is provided for each heritage place or precinct is called a Heritage Citation.

How are heritage studies prepared?

Heritage studies are prepared based on the priorities identified in our Heritage Gap Study, which was adopted in 2014. We conduct heritage studies to investigate places that may have heritage significance and therefore warrant protection.

We follow State Government legislation, guidelines and processes when preparing heritage studies. We use heritage experts to undertake the research and they provide their findings to us in the form of studies and reports.

We will always consult with property owners and the community when preparing a heritage study. It is important for people to be given the chance to provide information about the identified place, and to assist our staff in gaining a greater understanding of the history of a place. Our officers collect feedback and make any necessary changes to the study before it is finalised.

In order to implement the findings of a heritage study we need to make changes to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme to apply the Heritage Overlay to places of heritage significance. To do this we must follow a process stipulated by the State Government. This process is called a ‘planning scheme amendment’.

In order to undertake a planning scheme amendment Council must resolve to seek approval from the Minister for Planning to amend the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

The community is again consulted with and given the opportunity to make a submission. Council then reviews and considers all feedback. All unresolved submissions are heard by an Independent Panel appointed by the Minister for Planning.

Following this hearing the panel would then provide a report back to Council with recommendations. After reviewing these recommendations Council could then adopt the amendment in full, in part or abandon it altogether. If Council adopts the amendment the final step would be for Council to request final approval to apply the Heritage Overlay from the Minister for Planning.

How do we decide which heritage study to prepare?

The Heritage Gap Study groups places and areas together by theme and priority. These places will then be investigated further as part of a heritage study. For example, places which are very rare or very poorly represented on the Heritage Overlay are proposed to be a high priority for future work. This allows us to devote our funds most effectively, to ensure the Heritage Overlay reflects the cultural richness and diversity of Moonee Valley.

The priorities for future heritage studies, as set out in the Heritage Gap Study are:

  Heritage theme Explanation of priority
High priority (1-5 years)
  • Commercial places and precincts
  • Transport related places
  • Industry and Infrastructure related places
  • Community buildings
  • Inter-war residential

These themes are high priority because they are generally under-represented in the Heritage Overlay at the moment, and, in some cases, are significantly impacted by development pressure.

Medium priority (6-8 years)
  • Edwardian residential
  • Victorian residential
  • Post-war residential
Edwardian and Victorian residential are a medium priority because they are already well-represented in the existing heritage overlay.
It is expected that a study for Edwardian and Victorian residential would commence well before six years.
Post-war residential is under-represented, however is lower priority due to current lack of community support for this theme.
Low priority (8+ years)
  • Extensions to existing precincts
  • Trees and parks
  • Aboriginal places
  • Late post-war residential
These themes are low priority because often they are protected through other means (e.g. aboriginal places are protected through the Aboriginal Heritage Act), or are generally not deemed to be as high a priority as the places listed above.

Note 1: Timings are based on starting from the Heritage Gap Study’s adoption in 2014.

Note 2: Subject to budgetary constraints, it is now anticipated that we will complete all studies before eight years.

Note 3: Not all studies of the same priority will be undertaken at the same time. This will depend on the number of places to be investigated, as well as the budget available.

What studies are happening now?

Current Planning Scheme Amendments

See the status of any heritage projects going through the Planning Scheme Amendment stage in order to be included in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

The strategy behind our heritages studies

Council adopted the Heritage Strategy in June 2011. This strategy identifies the work to be undertaken by Council to continue to protect and manage heritage places in Moonee Valley.

Following the Heritage Strategy, the Moonee Valley Thematic Environmental History (TEH) was adopted in September 2012. This document identifies nine major historical themes in Moonee Valley which have resulted in the physical development of the area since European settlement. It also identifies the important distinguishing characteristics of Moonee Valley and provides a context for assessing heritage places.

Council adopted the Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study in November 2014. This study identifies places which may fit a theme of the TEH and therefore may warrant heritage protection. Our heritage studies are prepared based on the priorities identified in our Heritage Gap Study.

Completed studies

Heritage Study 2015

This study identified the heritage value of places recommended as high priority in the Heritage Gap Study themes of:

  • Shops, commercial buildings and shopping strips
  • Transport-related places (including stables)
  • Industrial places and suburban infrastructure
  • Community-use buildings

Planning Scheme Amendment C164 was gazetted into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme on 10 August 2017. C164 introduced a number of new schedules to the Heritage Overlay as a result of the Heritage Study 2015.

View the final Moonee Valley Heritage Study 2015 (pdf, 10.6MB) which is also available in hard copy format at the Civic Centre. View a list of Heritage Overlays (pdf, 760kb) added to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme under Amendment C164.

Read more about the Heritage Study 2015.

More information

Heritage services and processes (pdf, 1.5MB)

What does heritage mean for me? (pdf, 2.4MB)

About heritage studies (pdf, 1.6MB)

What is heritage? (pdf, 1.7MB)

Last updated: Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:58 AM