Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan and Built Form Framework

This page will provide an overview of two major projects; the development of a Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan and a the development of a Built Form Framework for the Commercial 1 Zone and Commercial 2 Zone areas along Heidelberg Road.

We have prepared an interim Design and Development Overlay (DDO) to provide temporary guidance. DDO18 will assist in providing future directions for activity centres and to better manage changes. More information on these interim controls can be found here.

Project 1: Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan

Yarra Council, has prepared a high-level Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan (LAP) between the Merri and Darebin Creeks. The LAP will provide a framework to manage future growth and change along the Heidelberg Road Corridor. It sets out a preferred vision and a number of objectives relating to land use, built form, public realm, access to open space and transport matters.

Within the City of Yarra the scope looks at planning controls for the commercial zones along Heidelberg Road (Commercial 1 Zone and Commercial 2 Zone). It does not propose to change policy or planning controls for residential zone land within the City of Yarra nor the approved Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan.

The LAP will build on the earlier analysis and findings of the:

  • Yarra and Darebin Planning Schemes
  • Housing Strategy, Yarra City Council 2018
  • Spatial Economic and Employment Strategy, Yarra City Council 2018
  • Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan, May 2016
  • Darebin Housing Strategy 2030
  • Darebin Economic Land Use Strategy
  • Retail Activity Centre Strategy
  • Darebin Creative and Cultural Framework

The Draft LAP documents can be found below:

Study area

The LAP covers both sides of Heidelberg Road and extends from Merri Creek to Darebin Creek. It focuses on commercial and industrial zone areas but also considers implications for adjoining residential and parkland areas

Community Engagement

We will engage with the Yarra community through a formal exhibition of the documentation as part of an amendment to reference the LAP in the Yarra Planning Scheme.

Project 2: Developing a Built Form Framework

Alongside the Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan, Yarra has prepared a built form framework for the Commercial 1 Zone and Commercial 2 Zone areas along Heidelberg Road, between Merri and Darebin Creeks. The built form framework will form the basis of future planning controls in the Yarra Planning Scheme – that may include controls relating to building heights, setbacks and access.  The built form framework will be informed by urban design and traffic expertise.  It will not change policy or planning controls for residential zone land within the City of Yarra nor the approved Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan. 

The Built Form Framework can be found below:

Community Engagement  

We will engage with the Yarra community through a formal exhibition of the documentation as part of an amendment to include new planning controls into the Yarra Planning Scheme.