Amendment C191 – Swan Street

Two lane street with cars and buildings along one side 

Why have you prepared this amendment?

Our planning scheme includes state and local planning policies which direct new housing and commercial growth to activity centres like Swan Street so that we can meet our future demands for housing and employment. 

What does the amendment do?

The amendment will help us manage the scale and form of the new buildings that are constructed as a result of  this growth by introducing a planning control known as a Design and Development Overlay Schedule 17 (DDO17) into the Yarra Planning Scheme. DDO17 will guide the heights and  setbacks of new development so that their scale and form responds to the heritage character of Swan Street and the adjoining low scale residential areas. The overlay also includes heritage and design requirements aimed at achieving a high standard of design. 

What else does the amendment do?

The amendment also proposes to:

  • Introduce a new local policy into the planning scheme to guide future land use and development in Swan Street
  • Rezone land in the Commercial 2 zone to the Commercial 1 Zone which allows for housing to be built
  • Update and extend the Heritage Overlay to better protect heritage buildings
  • Apply the Environment Audit Overlay to potentially contaminated land, and
  • Correct a number of minor errors in the planning scheme maps.

Read the explanatory report for a more detailed explanation of what the amendment does. [Link to explanatory report in statutory documents] 

What stage is the amendment at? 

 First step in planning scheme amendment process

The amendment was considered by Council at its meeting on 17 October 2017.  Council resolved to seek authorisation from the Minister for Planning to put the amendment on public exhibition. Public exhibition of the amendment cannot begin until the Minister authorises it.

The relevant documents were sent to the Minister for Planning in November 2017 and we are waiting for authorisation.

You can read more about the amendment process, which explains the various steps involved.

Why have you asked the Minister for an interim DDO?

We have asked the Minister for interim DDO because the introduction of permanent controls can take a long time. Permanent controls require the public exhibition of a planning scheme amendment and often consideration by an independent planning panel appointed by the Minister.   

We have asked the Minister for Planning to introduce interim controls via Amendment C236 for a period of two years until such time as the permanent controls go through the amendment process.  We are waiting on a decision from the Minister about whether he will support them.

How is an interim DDO different from a permanent DDO?

The key difference between the interim DDO and the permanent DDO is that interim controls have an expiry date.  In the case of Swan Street, the interim controls would last for two years. Interim controls are also introduced into the planning scheme by the Minister for Planning without public exhibition.

As permanent controls are subject to public exhibition and the amendment process, it usually results in some changes to the permanent controls, so the final controls will likely be different to the interim controls, although they start out the same.

How can I find out further information?

You can read the documents which are listed below.

The first three documents have been prepared by consultants engaged by Council. They provide the justification for the amendment. The documents below that are the other documents and maps which support the amendment.

For assistance and more information about the amendment, please contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or

Amendment C191 documents

C191 Explanatory report

C191 Instruction sheet (outlines changes to the planning scheme)

Clause 21.08 - Neighbourhoods

Clause21.11 – Reference Documents

Clause 21.12 – Municipal Strategic Statement Local Areas

Clause 22.02 – Heritage Policy (updates list of reference documents)

Clause 43.02s – Schedule 17 to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO17)

Clause 81.01s – Incorporated documents (updates list of incorporated documents)

C191 Incorporated document – Appendix 8

Swan Street Built Form Framework – Tract Consultants

Swan Street Built Form Heritage Review – GJM Heritage Consultants

Swan Street Built Form Study – Heritage Assessments and Analysis – GJM

Swan Street Traffic and Access Review – Traffix Group

Amendment C191 maps

Yarra zone map 8

Yarra zone map 9

Yarra DDO map 8

Yarra DDO map 9

Yarra EAO map 8

Yarra HO map 8 deletions

Yarra HO map 8