Airport West Activity Centre

Key Directions and Preferred Options Report

We have developed a Key Directions and Preferred Options Report as part of the Airport West Structure Plan review.

The Airport West Structure Plan is our long-term strategic document for managing growth and change in the Airport West Activity Centre.

As part of this process, Council has prepared the Key Directions and Preferred Options Report. The report consolidates previous feedback from consultation undertaken in 2015 for the Issues and Opportunities Report, existing analysis, and recommendations provided in background documents.

Some key initiatives identified in the Report include enhancing the current activity centre on McNamara Avenue, providing for an extra 3,000m² of new office space and more locally focused retailing and hospitality, encouraging the redevelopment of vacant and underutilised sites, higher density housing that is close to public transport, shops and services, new and upgraded open spaces, and improved transport connections.

We invite you to review and consider the key directions and preferred options for the future of Airport West, and to contribute your views indicating whether you support these initiatives.

How to find out more

How to have your say

What happens next?

The deadline for feedback has been extended. Please provide your feedback by Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

All feedback received from the community and stakeholders will be considered, and will help inform the preparation of the Draft Airport West Structure Plan in early 2018.

For more information contact Council’s Strategic Planning unit on 9243 8888.

Adopted Issues and Opportunities Report

In August and September 2015 we consulted on a Draft Issues and Opportunities Report which identifies key issues facing Airport West as the first step in revising the existing Airport West Activity Centre Structure Plan.

Thanks to all community members who took the opportunity to let us know what they think are the most important issues facing Airport West and how they would like to see them tackled.

The Airport West Structure Plan Review Issues and Opportunities Report Community Consultation Key Findings Report provides a summary of the feedback received.

After reviewing the feedback and further investigation, the draft Issues and Opportunities Report was updated.

At Council's Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, Council adopted the final version of the Issues and Opportunities Report.

What happens next?

Airport West is a nominated activity centre. This means it will continue to grow and accommodate more people, jobs and services. Our role is to develop a long-term plan, called a structure plan, for the centre which will guide any changes to:

  • future land use
  • how people access and move around the area
  • the design of buildings and open spaces
  • infrastructure improvement

A draft Airport West Structure Plan is expected to be exhibited for public comment in the second half of 2016.

For more information call Strategic Planning on 9243 8888.

Business survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our business survey and provide us with valuable information. Your responses provide insights into business needs that we will take into account when planning for the future of the area as part of the Airport West Structure Plan review. A summary of responses is now available for download.

We would also like to congratulate our three prize draw winners:

  • Helga (Bombers Auto Parts) - $100 Westfield gift card
  • Gary (Direct Aluminium) - $50 Westfield gift card
  • Mary-Anne (Airport West Swimming Academy) – double pass to Village Cinema

The winners were selected at random from all the survey respondents who wished to enter the prize draw. 

Structure Plan Review

We are reviewing the existing structure plan (pdf, 1.43MB) for managing growth and change in the Airport West Activity Centre. The review of the Structure Plan will guide any changes to future land use, how people access and move around the area, the design of buildings and open spaces, and the provision of community services and facilities.

In March 2014, the State Government announced the Metropolitan Planning Authority will prepare a new framework plan for Airport West and Essendon Fields to support its transition into an exciting new aviation and employment precinct.

Watch the video below to see how this new precinct will evolve into the future.

Once reviewed, the new Airport West Structure Plan will form the basis of our position on the future built form and land use for the centre and will assist the Metropolitan Planning Authority with the wider framework plan project.

The map below shows the current activity centre boundary and the land which will form part of the study area for the review. The review will examine the wider area because of its influence on the future change and function of the centre. 

Study Area - Airport West

 Quick facts about Airport West

  • Contains 458 businesses

  • Top two industry sectors are retailing (28.6%) and manufacturing (19.9%)

  • Employs 4,929 people

  • Supported by a residential population of 6,958

Project stages

The project will be undertaken over approximately the next twelve months and comprises four stages:

  • Stage 1: Background Research and Review (2014-2015)
  • Stage 2: Issues and Opportunities Report (mid/late 2015)
  • Stage 3: Preparation of Draft Structure Plan and Urban Design Guidelines (late 2015/early 2016)
  • Stage 4: Finalisation of Structure Plan and Urban Design Guidelines (mid 2016)

The project will include an Implementation Plan.

One future step would involve introducing key land use and development strategies into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

The project will include broad consultation where the community will be able to provide their input into the development of the structure plan.

Further information

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If you would like further details about this project please call the Strategic Planning department on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Saturday, 12 January 2019, 6:35 AM