Amendment C191 – Swan Street

Yarra City Council is proposing to introduce new planning controls for Swan Street, Richmond (between Punt Road and Park Grove) and the surrounding area, to help manage future development, protect heritage and support employment in the area.  

The planning controls will be introduced through an amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme, known as Amendment C191. 

What does Amendment C191 propose to do?

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

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Amendment C191 proposes to introduce a Design and Development Overlay (known as DDO17) which specifies a number of requirements that new developments must address to protect the existing character of the area. 

This includes a mix of mandatory and preferred requirements for the height and form of new buildings (ranging from 5 to 12 storeys), which aim to maintain the prominence of the heritage streetscape and minimise impacts on adjoining residential properties. 

The DDO17 follows the recommendation of the Swan Street Activity Centre Built Form Framework, Yarra City Council and Tract, September 2017.

Amendment C191 also proposes to implement a number of heritage measures (as outlined in the Swan Street Built Form Study Heritage Assessments & Analysis, October 2017). 

The DDO17 will also require any proposed new developments to:

  • Protect views to the Dimmeys Clock Tower.
  • Prevent overshadowing of some footpaths and public spaces.
  • Limit the impact of any new development on traffic and public transport in Swan Street.
  • Protect the visual prominence and qualities of the highly intact heritage fabric of the centre
  • Provide an appropriate relationship to the adjoining low scale residential neighbourhoods.

The amendment also proposes the following key changes:

  • Inserting a new Swan Street Activity Centre Local Area Policy to guide land use and built form within the activity centre.
  • Rezoning the sections of Swan Street currently zoned as Commercial 2 Zone to the Commercial 1 Zone. Zones categorise how land is used and there are specific rules relating to each type of zone. A Commercial 1 Zone allows for mixed use developments, including retail, commercial and residential opportunities.
  • Applying the Environmental Audit Overlay to potentially contaminated land in the Swan Street Activity Centre. This will mean that an environmental audit will need to be carried out before any development can commence on this land. 

In addition, the amendment will introduce the following heritage measures:

  • Applying the Heritage Overlay to the following places to provide increased heritage protection for the streetscape and its buildings.
  • 30-42 Swan Street, Cremorne (new Swan Street West Precinct HO524) 
  • 273A Swan Street, Richmond (new HO522)
  • 323-325 Swan Street, Richmond (new HO523)
  • 223-239 Swan Street, Richmond (Swan Street Precinct HO335)
  • Removing the place at 57 Swan Street (the Corner Hotel) from the Richmond Hill Precinct (HO332) and including it as an individually significant place within the Swan Street Precinct (HO335), as the hotel has formed an important part of the social and reactional history of Swan Street.
  • Removing the following ungraded places from the Heritage Overlay in the activity centre:
  • 375 Punt Road, Cremorne (Wellington Street Precinct HO293)
  • 377 Punt Road, Cremorne (Wellington Street Precinct HO293)
  • 416-418 Church Street, Richmond (Church Street Precinct HO315)
  • Units 5-0 / 3 Green Street, Richmond (Swan Street Precinct HO355)
  • Regarding the following places as places regraded as not contributory to their broader heritage precincts.  
  • 129  Swan Street HO335
  • 218 Swan Street HO335
  • 67 Docker Street HO332
  • Correct a number of historical mapping errors.

These are the main changes being proposed and a comprehensive list of the changes can be found within the Explanatory Report.

Amendment C191 Formal Exhibition Documents

Supporting Documents

Why is Amendment C191 being prepared?

The State Government’s metropolitan planning framework, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, requires that councils address population growth by directing growth to ‘activity centres’ (that is, areas where there is good access to employment, public transport and other amenities).

Swan Street is a designated major activity centre and is therefore required to play a significant role in accommodating future housing and employment growth. Swan Street also has great heritage value with high quality, low scale architecture that needs to be protected. 

The amendment is required because currently the area does not have permanent planning controls to support employment opportunities, allow for appropriate new residential development, and protect the heritage significance of Swan Street and the surrounding residential neighbourhoods.

Swan Street Built Form Framework 

The Swan Street Built from Framework, prepared by the Urban Design firm, Tract consultants, strategically supports amendment C191. The Built Form Framework reviews and builds upon the strategic work undertaken by Council to date, including the Swan Street Structure Plan, January 2014 (Structure Plan). 

The Built Form Framework proposes building height and setback requirements that provide for midrise development (5 -12 storeys) which respects the heritage streetscape and adjoining low scale residential neighbourhoods. These requirements have been based on rigorous testing, the preferred building heights in the Structure Plan, application of built form principles, heritage fabric, and approved and recently constructed development.

How to make a submission

Submissions must be made in writing and are due by 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

Email: (Subject line: Amendment C191)

Post PO Box 168, Richmond VIC 3121 (Attention to Alayna Chapman, Strategic Planning)

When you make a submission, please provide us with your name and contact details to ensure that you continue to be part of the process. 
You will be contacted when Council is ready to consider the proposed amendment and given the opportunity to speak in support of your submission (or to have someone speak on your behalf).

Information sessions 

Make an appointment for a half hour session with Council staff who can explain the proposed amendment in more detail. You may like to come for a one-on-one discussion, or as a group to discuss the proposed amendment with Council officers – please advise us when you make an appointment.

Sessions will take place at the Richmond Library Meeting Room, 415 Church Street, Richmond. This meeting room is located on level one of the Richmond Library complex. 

  • Monday 18 March 6pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 27 March 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 10 April 2pm to 4pm

To reserve a place at one of the sessions, contact Alayna Chapman, Senior Strategic Planner, on 9205 5555 or (subject line: Swan Street Amendment C191 – Information Session). 

Next steps

Following the current consultation period, Council will consider community submissions at a Council Meeting. We anticipate that we will receive a number of submissions, so it is likely that we will need to seek the appointment of an independent Planning Panel to assess them.

If a Planning Panel is appointed, submitters would have the opportunity to make further submissions before the panel issues its recommendations to Council. 

Find out more about the Planning Scheme Amendment process.