Amendment C220 – Johnston Street

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Yarra City Council has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C220 which affects land in and around Johnston Street (Collingwood and Abbotsford), including Sackville Street in Collingwood.

The amendment introduces planning controls to implement the Johnston Street Local Area Plan (which was adopted by Council in 2015). The plan aims to manage built form outcomes such as building heights and setbacks, as well as preserving the valued heritage character of the streetscape.

What does Amendment C220 propose to do?

Amendment C220 proposes to apply planning controls to the Johnston Street activity centre in the form of a Design and Development Overlay (DDO15) which contains design guidelines and building height and setback controls for new development proposals.

The amendment also proposes the following key changes:

  • Rezoning the sections of Johnston Street (identified as Precincts 1 and 2 within the Johnston Street Local Area Plan) currently zoned as Commercial 2 Zone to the Commercial 1 Zone, which allows for mixed use development opportunities, including retail, commercial and residential opportunities that will add life to Johnston Street.
  • Rezoning a small section of the eastern part of Johnston Street from General Residential Zone to Commercial 1 Zone.
  • Applying a new Heritage Overlay (HO505) to the section of Johnston Street in between Hoddle Street and the railway line at Victoria Park Station, to provide increased heritage protection for the streetscape and its buildings.
  • Applying the Environmental Audit Overlay to properties being rezoned from the Commercial 2 Zone to the Commercial 1 Zone, which allows sensitive residential activity to occur. 

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

Amendment C220 Exhibition Documents:

The amendment maps below identify the areas being affected by the proposed changes to the Yarra Planning Scheme:

Johnston Street Local Area Plan

Amendment C220 is strategically supported by the Johnston Street Local Area Plan, which was adopted by Council in December 2015. The plan – developed in consultation with the community – sets out a vision for the future of the precinct, covering the area around Johnston Street from the Yarra River to the east, through to Smith Street in the west.

The plan recommends creating a diverse mix of activity, with commercial uses generally at street level, and residential uses at upper levels to make the area more vibrant and accessible. 

The plan and relevant supporting documents are found via the links below:

What stage are these amendment at?

Step 2 in planning scheme amendment process

Next steps

Community consultation was undertaken from November to December in 2017 and Council will consider community submissions at a Council Meeting in April 2018. Council will consider whether to seek the appointment of an independent Planning Panel to assess the submissions and to provide a report with recommendations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The Explanatory Report refers to “pre-set” panel dates – these dates have been revised with Planning Panels Victoria and are now set as follows:

  • Directions hearing – week of 14 May
  • Panel hearing – weeks of 25 June and 2 July (if all or part of a second week is needed)

Submitters to the Amendment will have the opportunity to make further submissions before the panel issues its recommendations to Council.