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 proposes to:

  • Introduce a Design and Development Overlay (Schedule 16) into the Yarra Planning Scheme to control heights and setbacks of new development..
  • 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.

Exhibition of the amendment and consideration of submissions

The amendment was exhibited for two months in October and November 2018.  We received around 400 submissions, mostly from residents.

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. 

Panel hearing

The panel sat for 12 days between 12 August and 2 September 2019.

Panel report

The panel recommended adoption of the amendment largely as exhibited with some changes to the DDO.  The panel report is available by clicking on the link.  A copy of the panel's version of the DDO is also available by clicking on the link.

What happens next?

We are currently considering the panel's report. 

Council will consider the amendment in two stages. 

The purpose of the first meeting is to ensure that any person who wishes to speak to the issue at the council meeting in accordance with normal meeting procedure rules is able to do so.

The purpose of the second meeting is to enable council to formally consider the report and officer recommendations before determining whether to adopt the amendment, with or without changes, or to abandon it.

 Details of the meetings are below:

 Meeting 1:

  • Tuesday 25 February 2020 (Date confirmed) (Special council meeting to hear from interested parties.
  • 7pm
  • Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Meeting 2:

  • Tuesday 17 March 2020 (Ordinary council meeting to decide on the amendment)

(Date confirmed)

  • 7pm
  • Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

If Council adopts the amendment (with or without changes) it will be then sent to the Minister for Planning for approval.

What stage is the amendment at? 


 Fifth step in planning scheme amendment process


How can I get more information?

There is a range of information below that supports the amendment.  There is also information that was presented at the planning panel.

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

Statutory documents prepared for the amendment

Amendment C231 maps

Council submission to the planning panel

You can read copies of the statements by clicking the link below. 

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

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


Submitter expert witness statements

Relevant links

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.)