Draft Johnston Street Local Area Plan

'''Council has prepared a Local Area Plan for the Johnston Street Neighbourhood Activity Centre, which includes the shopping, commercial and residential areas along the east end of Johnston Street and the surrounding area.

Council sought community feedback on a draft of the local area plan in June and July 2012

Council officers will prepare a report that summarises the feedback received from the community and makes recommendations about whether any changes are made to the draft Plan.

Council is expected to consider the report and the community’s feedback at a Council Meeting later this year or in early 2013. Council will then decide whether to adopt the Local Area Plan, with or without changes to the draft.

View a copy of the Draft Local Area Plan

The Draft Local Area Plan can be viewed below (the document has been split in to two parts to keep the file size manageable).

pdf format Draft Local Area Plan 2012 Part 1 (1.73 MB)
pdf format Draft Local Area Plan 2012 Part 2 (2.31 MB)

Hard copies of the Draft Plan are available for viewing at:

  • Fitzroy Library – 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy
  • Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford
  • Collingwood Library (after 4 July) – 11 Stanton Street, Abbotsford
  • Richmond Town Hall – 333 Bridge Road, Richmond

If you would like a copy of the Draft Plan mailed to you, please contact Janet McMurray, Project Officer, on 9205 5049 or at Janet.McMurray@yarracity.vic.gov.au

What is the purpose of the Local Area Plan?

The Local Area Plan will be used to manage and guide change for the Johnston Street Neighbourhood Activity Centre.  The Draft Plan provides focus and direction on matters such as new development, changes in land-use and activity, physical changes to streets and public areas, design of buildings, transport and sustainability. 

The Draft Local Area Plan sets out a proposed vision for the future of the Johnston Street Neighbourhood Activity Centre and includes a series of objectives and strategies that outline how that vision would be achieved. 

It will be used to:

  • Provide guidance in decision making for new development,
  • Coordinate better community services,
  • Improve active transport, including pedestrian and cycling access and movements,
  • Plan physical changes to streetscapes,
  • Guide public and private sector development, and
  • Advocate for, and coordinate action by government departments and agencies.

The Draft Plan focuses on four key themes:

  • Land use – The type of activities the community would like to see and how change to activities (such as shopping, restaurants, offices, community facilities and housing) should be managed.
  • Built form – What the centre should look like in 10-20 years and the factors that should be considered in the design of new development.  Within the study area, eight key precincts have been identified and ‘Built Form Character Guidelines’have been prepared for each precinct.  The guidelines outline the preferred future character and maximum building heights for each precinct.  Preferred maximum building heights range from 2-3 storeys to 5-6 storeys.  
  • Public spaces – Proposed changes in public areas, including the streets, parks and civic spaces. 
  • Access and movement – Identifying improvements to pedestrian, bicycle and public transport access. 

The study area

The study area for the Johnston Street Local Area Plan extends along Johnston Street from the Yarra River (Abbotsford) at the eastern end through to Smith Street (Collingwood) in the west, as shown on the map below:

Johnston Streel Local Area Plan study area map


The Draft Johnston Street Local Area Plan was developed in consultation with the community.  Extensive background research and analysis was undertaken to create an Issues and Opportunities Paper which Council sought community feedback on in October and November 2011.  A copy of the paper can be viewed here:  pdf format Issues & Opportunities Paper Johnston Street Local Area Plan (1.20MB)

As part of that consultation, community workshops were held in October 2011 and February 2012. Some of the ideas put forward by the community included:

  • Revitalising the Johnston Street environment through encouraging a diversity of land uses such as shops and housing,
  • Guiding the design and scale of future buildings to respect the activity centre and surrounding low rise residential areas,
  • Improving the street environment for pedestrians and encouraging active forms of transport, and
  • Improving access to Victoria Park Station and nearby public spaces.

In addition to the feedback received during the community workshops, Council received ten written submissions. This feedback assisted Council in preparing the Draft Local Area Plan.

Further Information
Evan Burman
Strategic Planner
9205 5075

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