Amendment C191 – Swan Street

We are proposing to introduce new planning controls for Swan Street, Richmond (between Punt Road and Park Grove) and the surrounding area, to help manage future development, protect heritage and support employment in the area.  

The planning controls will be introduced through an amendment to the Yarra Planning Scheme, known as Amendment C191. 

What does Amendment C191 propose to do?

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Amendment C191 proposes to introduce a Design and Development Overlay (known as DDO17) which specifies a number of requirements that new developments must address to protect the existing character of the area. 

This includes a mix of mandatory and preferred requirements for the height and form of new buildings (ranging from 5 to 12 storeys), which aim to maintain the prominence of the heritage streetscape and minimise impacts on adjoining residential properties. 

The DDO17 follows the recommendation of the Swan Street Activity Centre Built Form Framework, Yarra City Council and Tract, September 2017.

Amendment C191 also proposes to implement a number of heritage measures (as outlined in the Swan Street Built Form Study Heritage Assessments & Analysis, October 2017). 

The DDO17 will also require any proposed new developments to:

  • Protect views to the Dimmeys Clock Tower.
  • Prevent overshadowing of some footpaths and public spaces.
  • Limit the impact of any new development on traffic and public transport in Swan Street.
  • Protect the visual prominence and qualities of the highly intact heritage fabric of the centre
  • Provide an appropriate relationship to the adjoining low scale residential neighbourhoods.

The amendment also proposes the following key changes:

  • Inserting a new Swan Street Activity Centre Local Area Policy to guide land use and built form within the activity centre.
  • Rezoning the sections of Swan Street currently zoned as Commercial 2 Zone to the Commercial 1 Zone. Zones categorise how land is used and there are specific rules relating to each type of zone. A Commercial 1 Zone allows for mixed use developments, including retail, commercial and residential opportunities.
  • Applying the Environmental Audit Overlay to potentially contaminated land in the Swan Street Activity Centre. This will mean that an environmental audit will need to be carried out before any development can commence on this land. 

In addition, the amendment will introduce the following heritage measures:

  • Applying the Heritage Overlay to the following places to provide increased heritage protection for the streetscape and its buildings.
  • 30-42 Swan Street, Cremorne (new Swan Street West Precinct HO524) 
  • 273A Swan Street, Richmond (new HO522)
  • 323-325 Swan Street, Richmond (new HO523)
  • 223-239 Swan Street, Richmond (Swan Street Precinct HO335)
  • Removing the place at 57 Swan Street (the Corner Hotel) from the Richmond Hill Precinct (HO332) and including it as an individually significant place within the Swan Street Precinct (HO335), as the hotel has formed an important part of the social and reactional history of Swan Street.
  • Removing the following ungraded places from the Heritage Overlay in the activity centre:
  • 375 Punt Road, Cremorne (Wellington Street Precinct HO293)
  • 377 Punt Road, Cremorne (Wellington Street Precinct HO293)
  • 416-418 Church Street, Richmond (Church Street Precinct HO315)
  • Units 5-0 / 3 Green Street, Richmond (Swan Street Precinct HO355)
  • Regarding the following places as places regraded as not contributory to their broader heritage precincts.  
  • 129  Swan Street HO335
  • 218 Swan Street HO335
  • 67 Docker Street HO332
  • Correct a number of historical mapping errors.

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

Amendment C191 Formal Exhibition Documents

Supporting Documents