Amendment C231 – Queens Parade

Multi-lane road with street sign in foreground 

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 Queens Parade 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 16 (DDO16) into the Yarra Planning Scheme. DDO16 will guide the heights and setbacks of new development so that their scale and form responds to the heritage character of Queens Parade and the adjoining low scale residential areas. The overlay also includes heritage and design requirements aimed at achieving a high standard of design. 

The amendment also proposes to:

  • Rezone land on the corner of Smith Street and Queens Parade from Commercial 2 to Commercial 1 which allows for housing to be built
  • Apply the Environment Audit Overlay to the land that is proposed for rezoning to manage potential land contamination issues, and
  • Update the Heritage Overlay.

You can read the explanatory report for a more detailed explanation of what the amendment does.

What stage is the amendment at? 

The amendment was exhibited for eight weeks in October and November 2018. Council received 397 submissions during this period.


 Fourth step in planning scheme amendment process


Panel hearing

The next step in the process is the panel hearing.


The panel hearing will run for eleven days over three weeks starting on Monday 12 August 2019 at 10am. 


You can see the revised timetable (version 7) prepared by Planning Panels Victoria here.


The hearing will be held at Panels Victoria offices at 1 Spring Street, Melbourne (corner Flinders Street).  Hearing room 1, ground floor.

Expert witness statements / Council Part A submission

Expert witness statements were circulated on Friday 2 August. 

You can read copies of the statements by clicking the link below.  There is also a hard copy available at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library. 

Videos of the model relied upon in Council's urban design evidence

Part of Council's urban design evidence relies on the model prepared by Ethos Urban.  They have prepared videos of the model for each precinct that will be shown to the panel.


Submitter expert witness statements

Relevant links

How did Council consider the submissions and what did Council decide?

Council heard from submitters at a Special Council Meeting on 12 March 2019.  Council considered the officer response to submissions at a meeting on 28 May 2019 and resolved to request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent planning panel to hear submissions.  Council also resolved to  endorse the recommended changes to the amendment including the Preferred Version of the DDO schedule.  You can read 

The independent Planning Panel, appointed by the Minister for Planning, will consider the exhibited amendment, the submissions and any changes Council recommends to address the submissions.

After the panel hearing, the panel will provide a report with its recommendations to Council. Council can choose to accept or reject the panel’s recommendations. However it must provide justification where it does not accept a Panel recommendation. If Council chooses to adopt the amendment (with or without changes), it will then be sent to the Minister for Planning for approval.

How can I get more information?

You can read the documents which are listed below.

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

Amendment C231 posters 

Posters distributed at information session

Can I read the Council report and attachments for 28 May 2019

Council will consider officer responses to submissions at its meeting on 28 May 2019 and will decide whether to refer the submissions to an independent planning panel appointed by the Minister for Planning.

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

You can read a table that summarises the main differences between the two versions of the amendment.  This describes the principal changes,  For a full description of changes, you can read the response to submissions (Attachment 7 above.)

Amendment C231 documents

Amendment C231 maps