Yarra River Policies and Planning
In 2004 the Department of Sustainability and Environment commissioned a review of policies and planning controls for the Yarra River corridor between Punt Road and Burke Road. The study area included public and private land along the valley, the escarpment and immediate skyline.
The purpose of the project was to review and recommend changes to existing local policies and planning controls in order to ensure protection of the river corridor from inappropriate use and development, protection and enhancement of natural and cultural heritage and access to recreational open space
- Statement of objectives for the river corridor within the context of Government policy
- Analysis of current local policies and planning controls, including any threats to achieving objectives for the Yarra river corridor
- Area-based objectives and design guidelines to shape future development and enhancement of the river corridor
- Recommendations for the implementation (including statutory means) of the design guidelines
- Visual representations (utilising digital modelling or other methods) showing potential changes to the river valley environment.
Stakeholder consultation has taken place during two stages of the project - in the first instance to identify key issues, and in the second instance to obtain feedback on draft recommendations.
This project intends to deliver on the Melbourne 2030 priority initiative (5.7.4), as part of the five year Implementation Program, to strengthen current policies and review the adequacy of planning controls relating to the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers to ensure the long-term protection of open space, conservation values - with the first priority being the Yarra River corridor between Punt Road and Burke Road.
At its meeting on 15 November 2005, Council supported the controls in principle subject to a range of recommendations. However, since 2005, there has been no further progress on this project from the State Government.
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Coordinator – Strategic Planning