The owners of Harry the Hirer at 81-95 Burnley Street and 26 Doonside Street, Richmond (Astrodome Hire Pty Ltd) have approached Yarra Council to amend the planning controls on their land. This would enable them to build a residential and commercial development at the site.
An amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme, known as Amendment C223, is needed in order to change the planning controls on this land.
What stage is this amendment at and what are the next steps?
There are six stages in a Planning Scheme Amendment.
A Planning Panel has concluded its hearing which considered Amendment C223 to the Yarra Planning Scheme and has prepared a panel report. You can find the report below under the Panel Hearing heading.
Amendment C223 is currently in the fifth stage. The current stage is for Council to consider the findings of the report and to resolve to either adopt the Amendment (with or without changes) or abandon the amendment. The report is scheduled for Tuesday 15 September 2020.
You can access further information on the upcoming Council Meeting here: https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/events/2020/09/15/council-meeting-15-september-2020
Land affected by Amendment C223
Why have we prepared this Amendment?
The planning scheme zones all land to reflect different land uses. These zones categorize how land is used and there are specific rules related to each zone.
The current zoning for the land at 81-85 Burnley Street and 26 Doonside Street is the Industrial 3 Zone, which is out of step with the surrounding area and vision set out in the Victoria Street Structure Plan and Yarra Planning Scheme. The Structure Plan identifies the area including this land for potential housing mixed with retail and business.
Amendment C223 allows for the land to be used and developed for a mix-use of residences and employment opportunities, both retail and commercial. The amendment will apply planning controls to ensure there are key public benefits in any redevelopment on this land. The amendment will also apply planning controls to manage traffic, address contamination, promote heritage and provide built form guidance for any future development
The Hearing commenced on 18 May 2020 and was held across 6 and a half days.
The Hearing was held via video conferencing and 'on papers' due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on this altered panel process please refer to the Panel Directions below.
Panel Directions and Timetable
Please note that the timetable dated 1 June 2020 is the most recently updated timetable and the 27 April document includes the final panel directions and a superseded timetable.
Council's Part A submission and other documents
The following documents were circulated on Thursday 7 May 2020.
You can view the document by clicking on the link below:
- Response to direction 3a epanel book
- Response to direction 3b
- Email letter to Panel and parties 7 May 2020
Council Expert Witness Evidence
Council's expert witness statements were circulated on Monday, 11 May 2020.
You can view the documents by clicking on the links below.
- Charmaine Dunstan's expert evidence for Council traffic
- Jim Gardner's expert evidence for Council heritage
- Joanna Thompson's expert evidence for Council open space
- Rob McGauran's expert evidence for Council urban design
Expert Witness Statements
- Statement of Mr Barlow
- Statement of Mr Lovell
- Statement of Mr Raworth
- Statement of Ms Heggen
- Statement of Ms Jordan
- Statement of Ms Marshall
Council's Part B
What does Amendment C223 propose to do
The amendment proposes:
- Rezone the land from Industrial 3 Zone (IN3Z) to Mixed Use Zone (MUZ).
- Applies the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 15 (DPO15) to the land.
- Applies an Environmental Audit Overlay (EAO) to the land.
What is an Environment Audit Overlay (EAO)?
The Minister for Planning has provided direction to local councils when amending the planning scheme to ensure potential land contamination is properly managed. An EAO indicates that an environmental audit must be carried out before land is developed. The application of the EAO is required to manage any site contamination issues prior to a sensitive use (such as building housing, a primary school or early childcare centre) commencing on the land. This ensures that any site contamination issues are managed before redevelopment.
What is the Development Plan Overlay Schedule 15 (DPO15)?
A Development Plan Overlay (DPO) requires a development plan to be prepared to coordinate land uses, development and redevelopment change. The overlay prevents the granting of permits before a plan has been approved, with some exceptions. Any development plan must be adopted by Council to come into effect.
What does the proposed DPO15 for this site allow?
DPO15 includes an indicative framework plan that sets out the structure for future development and land use. A future development plan cannot be approved if it is not prepared in line with this plan.
The indicative framework plan for 81-95 Burnley and 26 Doonside Street, Richmond allows:
- Around 500 dwellings in six buildings, ranging in height between 7 storeys fronting Appleton Street and up to 12 storeys along Doonside Street.
- 576 square metres of public open space facing Doonside Street.
- A 9-metre wide pedestrian link which runs through the site from Doonside Street to Appleton Street.
- 10% of dwellings to be for affordable housing.
- Retention of heritage buildings including the entire building at 26 Doonside Street.
- At least 9,000 square metres of commercial/ retail floor space (part of which will see the Harry the Hirer administrative headquarters remain on-site).
Indicative framework plan for 81-95 Burnley Street and 26 Doonside Street, Richmond
Amendment C223 formal exhibition documents
- Notice of amendment
- Explanatory Report
- Instruction Sheet
- Fact Sheet
- Rezoning Map
- Development Plan Overlay Map
- Environmental Audit Overlay Map
- Clause 43.04 – Schedule 15 to Development Plan Overlay
- Economic Assessment Report December 2018
- Environmental Sustainable Development Report December 2018
- Heritage Report December 2018
- Planning Scheme Amendment Report December 2018
- Traffic Impact Report December 2018
- Environmental Site Assessment Report May 2016
- Housing Diversity Report May 2019