Amendment C245 – Heritage overlay and zone fix up

Yarra City Council is proposing to correct heritage overlay, zone anomalies and errors in the Yarra Planning Scheme. These changes will be introduced through an amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme, known as Amendment C245.

Why have we prepared this amendment?

This Amendment is derived from a number of different projects. Recent heritage studies have been conducted in Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy North and Clifton Hill to inform planning controls. These studies identified a number of gaps in the heritage controls for a number of individually significant buildings. Yarra City Council also maintains a list of errors and anomalies that can be found in the heritage overlay of properties located in Yarra. This Amendment applies recommendations from recent heritage studies and corrects Heritage Overlay and zone anomalies in the Yarra Planning Scheme.

You can view an interactive map in a new window to see changes proposed in Amendment C245.

For more information, you can read a summary of key terms. 

What stage is the amendment at?

Council is now at the planning panel hearing stage.

The Amendment was exhibited from Thursday 18 July 2019 to Monday 19 August 2019. During this time, Council received 9 submissions from the community.

On Tuesday 26 November 2019 Council considered submissions and resolved to refer the amendment and all submissions to an independent planning panel.


 Fourth step in planning scheme amendment process

Next Steps

A Planning Panel has been appointed.

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

The Panel will:

  • hear submitters in an independent forum;
  • be informal and not like a court; and
  • give fair, unbiased advice to Council and the Minister for Planning about the Amendment.

Directions Hearing

At the Directions Hearing, the Panel:

  • gave directions about exchanging information before the hearing and the conduct of the Hearing;
  • considered Hearing times and venue and site inspections; and 
  • answered questions people have about the Panel process including the Hearing.

The Directions Hearing was held:
10am, Wednesday 12 February 2020 Hearing Room 1 Planning Panels Victoria 1 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC

An additional Directions Hearing was held:

2pm, Tuesday 25 February 2020
Meeting Room 1
  Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC


The Hearing is for people to speak to their written submissions and to hear from the Planning Authority.

The Hearing is expected to commence in April 2020 and should run for 3 days. The Hearing is open for anyone to attend.

The Panel will consider all referred written submissions when preparing its report, including those from submitters who do not attend the Hearing.


Statutory Documents

Supporting Documents

Council Reports

Heritage Studies