Amendment C191 – Swan Street

Yarra City Council is proposing to apply new planning controls to the  Swan Street Major Activity Centre, via Amendment C191, to help manage future development, protect heritage and support employment in the area.  

What stage is the Amendment at? 

The amendment was exhibited for six weeks during February and April 2019.

Fourth step in planning scheme amendment process

Panel Hearing

The current step in the process is the Panel Hearing.

The Panel Hearing commenced 2 December 2019.

On the 5 December 2019, the Panel adjourned the Hearing.

The Panel Hearing will continue in Hearing Room 1 at Planning Panels Victoria, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne on Monday 27 July 2020 and will run for approximately three weeks.

For more information, please refer to the revised Panel Directions, Distribution List and Hearing Timetable - Version 5 by clicking on the link below:

Council Part A Submission 

Council’s resubmitted Part A Submission was circulated Wednesday,1 April 2020.

You can view the document by clicking on the link below:

Council Expert Witness Statements

Together with its resubmitted Part A submission, Council circulated the evidence of its urban design expert witness, Leane Hodyl (Hodyl + Co) on 1 April 2020. You can view this document by clicking on the link below:

Council continues to rely on the evidence of the following experts, circulated on 26 November 2019.  

You can view the documents by clicking on the links below:

 Submitter Expert Witness Statements

Submitter Expert Witness Statements were circulated Tuesday, 26 November 2019.

You can view the documents by clicking on the links below:

Submitter 19

Submitter 31

Submitter 18

Submitter 12 and Submitter 35

Submitter 15  (34-46 Swan Street, Richmond)

Submitter 15  (79-89 Swan Street, Richmond)

    Flythrough 3D models for the Swan Street Activity Centre

    Tract Consultants, who prepared the Swan Street Built Form Framework 2017,  have prepared videos of the model for each precinct that shows the following:

    • The exhibited Design and Development Overlay (DDO17);
    • The exhibited DDO17 and proposed development (permit approved and permit under assessment);
    • The preferred Design and Development Overlay (DDO25, DDO26, DDO27 & DDO28);
    • The preferred DDO25, DDO26, DDO27 & DDO28 and proposed development; and
    • The preferred DDO25, DDO26, DDO27 & DDO28, proposed development and shadow on 22nd September 10am - 2pm.

    Precinct 1: Richmond Station

    Precinct 2: Swan Street Retail Centre

    Precinct 3: Swan Street East

    Precinct 4: Burnley Station

    Swan Street Activity Centre 3D Modelling Report

    A 3D Modelling Report has been prepared by Tract Consultants. The 3D Modelling Report includes the modelling undertaken following the exhibition of Amendment C191 to test various matters raised in submissions received during the exhibition period. A detailed set of appendices capture the discussions and evolution of Council’s preferred version of DDO25, DDO26, DDO27 and DDO28 based on various workshop discussions with GJM Heritage and Council officers. The report and appendices can be viewed below.

    How did Councillors consider the submissions and what did they decide?

    At its meeting on 10 September 2019, Council heard from submitters and considered the officer response to submissions. Council resolved to request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent planning to hear submissions. Council also resolved to endorse the recommended changes to the amendment including the preferred version of the DDO schedules. Read the Council Agenda and attachments.

    What are the key differences between the exhibited DDO and the preferred DDO?


    That the land at 371, 375, 377 Punt Road and 2-16, 14 Swan Street, Cremorne be rezoned to the Commercial 1 Zone (C1Z) to correct some land use anomalies (dual zone sites) and to facilitate land uses appropriate to the role and function of a major activity centre (Refer to attachment 2 for land affected). 

    The Design and Development Overlay 

    Incorporate and divide the content of exhibited Schedule 17 to the Design and Development Overlay at Clause 43.02 of the Yarra Planning Scheme into the following four preferred schedules to the Design and Development Overlay: 

    • Schedule 25 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO25): Swan Street Activity Centre - Precinct 1 Richmond Station 
    • Schedule 26 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO26): Swan Street Activity Centre - Precinct 2 Swan Street Retail Precinct 
    • Schedule 27 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO27): Swan Street Activity Centre - Precinct 3 Swan Street East 
    • Schedule 28 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO28): Swan Street Activity Centre - Precinct 4 Burnley Station 

    Changes that apply to all four Design and Development Overlays 

    Replace the word “must” with the word “should” where the design requirement is preferred (discretionary). 

    Amend section 1.0 (Design objective) to ensure they are precinct specific and translated from the Swan Street Built Form Framework. 

    Amend section 2.2 (Design requirements) to include two new themes: Building separation requirements and Design quality separation requirements. 

    Make amendments to section 2.2 (Design Requirements) to the discretionary requirement under the theme Street wall and setback requirements to read: “On corner sites where two different street wall heights are nominated, buildings should ‘turn the corner’ and apply the Swan Street wall height. If the Swan Street wall is higher it should transition to the lower nominated street wall height on the side street”.

    Delete the section 2.3 Precinct design requirements and relocate content elsewhere. 

    Make various amendments to Street Wall Heights and Setback requirements within the Schedule. 

    Amend Plan 1: Height and Interface Plan to increase the designated height of some sites from 27m to 28m, where relevant. 

    Amend Figure 1 to lower the rear boundary wall height from 11.5m to 11m. 

    Precinct specific schedule changes:

    You can view precinct specific changes to the DDO on page 30 of the Council Agenda.

    What did we propose at the exhibition stage?

    Amendment C191 was on public exhibition for six weeks during February and March 2019. The information below details the original planning controls proposed during the exhibition phase. 

    You can use the interactive map below to view the planning controls originally proposed in Amendment C191. View a larger version of this map in a new window.

    Due to the size and complexity of this map we would not recommend viewing it on a mobile device.