Activity Centre Planning (Structure Plans)
What is an Activity Centre?
Activity centres are where people shop, work, meet, relax and often live.
They are usually well served by public transport and can range in size from local neighbourhood shopping streets to universities and major regional shopping malls.
Activity centres will be the focus of major change over the next 40 years.
The State Government has now released Plan Melbourne which is proposed to replace Melbourne 2030. Plan Melbourne does not change the designation of Moonee Valley's activity centres.
Plan Melbourne outlines the vision for Melbourne's growth to the year 2050.
Moonee Valley has six designated activity centres including:
- Moonee Ponds
- Airport West
- North Essendon
- Keilor Road, Niddrie
- Racecourse Road, Flemington
- Union Road, Ascot Vale
What is a Structure Plan?
A Structure Plan maps out a long-term direction of how our activity centres should grow and develop. They are used in assessing planning permit applications for new developments, as well as improvements to roads, footpaths, community facilities, and open space. Structure Plans guide the development of policies and changes to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.
A structure plan generally has information on transport, land use, built form, and the environment - as well as details on how we will implement any changes.
Activity Centres in Moonee Valley
Moonee Ponds Activity Centre (MPAC)
The Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Structure Plan (pdf, 16.27MB) was adopted in March 2010 and updated in June 2012. We are currently preparing an amendment to the planning scheme to incorporate the key strategies and requirements of the Structure Plan into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. Community consultation on the proposed amendment occurred in late 2011, and a number of submissions were received. The submissions were referred to an independent panel for review. The Panel Report was received and adopted by Council in April 2012. The Minister for Planning approved Amendment C100 and was gazetted on 30 March 2015.
The Airport West Activity Centre Structure Plan (pdf, 1.43MB) was adopted in June 2008. This structure plan was implemented through the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme as part of Amendment C107. This amendment was approved by the Minister for Planning on 9 January 2012. We are currently undertaking a review of the existing structure plan.
Keilor Road and North Essendon
We adopted the Keilor Road Activity Centre Structure Plan and North Essendon Activity Centre Structure Plan in December 2011. We are implementing these structure plans through the Planning Scheme as part of Amendment C117. This amendment was adopted by Council and was gazetted on 10 April 2014.
Union Road and Racecourse Major Activities Areas
We prepared draft structure plans, urban design guidelines and activity centre zones for the Union Road and Racecourse Road Activities Areas.
At its regular meeting on 23 July 2013, Council resolved to abandon the Racecourse Road and Union Road Activities Area Structure Plans and Amendments C118 and C119. The proposal to implement the Racecourse Road and Union Road Structure Plans and Urban Design Guidelines via the Activity Centre Zone will therefore not proceed.
Council may re-look at these documents again at a later stage and provide the community with another opportunity to provide input and feedback.
Essendon Junction Activity Centre (EJAC)
We are currently undertaking a structure plan for the Essendon Junction Activity Centre
. The centre is anchored around Essendon train station and offers a thriving commercial, residential, recreational and educational precinct.
The structure plan will map out a long term vision for how Essendon Station and the surrounding area should grow and develop over the next 20 years. It will provide information on transport, land use, buildings and the environment - as well as details on how we will implement any improvements.
A draft Background Report was released late 2012 for feedback and public comment. The Background Report provides a detailed overview of the study area and identifies a range of issues and opportunities for the centre moving forward. This report formed the basis of the first round of community consultation undertaken in late 2012.
Council has now developed a Draft Structure Plan which will be released for a second round of community consultation in June/July 2015.
Smaller Activity Centres (Neighbourhood and Local Centres)
Neighbourhood and local activity centres are not expected to experience as much growth as the larger activity centres described above. It is still important to ensure that there are policies and strategies in place to guide development in all activity centres. So we will be working on preparing guidelines for the smaller centres over the coming years.