Amendment C225 – Church Street

Artist impression of the proposed residential aged care facility – 351 Church Street, Richmond

Artist impression of the proposed residential aged care facility – 351 Church Street, Richmond – submitted plans – CHT Architects for Mecwacare

Yarra City Council prepared Amendment C225 to the Yarra Planning Scheme which applies to land at 351 Church Street, Richmond.

The amendment enabled the building of a residential aged care facility at the site, and was requested by Mecwacare (the proponent), a not-for-profit aged care provider.

What did Amendment C225 do?

The amendment created an exemption from the mandatory 9m height control in the Neighbourhood Residential Zone which applies to the land. It introduced an Incorporated Document into the Yarra Planning Scheme that permitted a 5 storey purpose-built residential aged care facility. The exemption only applies to the proposed residential aged care facility. The amendment did not rezone the land.

Proposed Residential Aged Care Facility

The site for the residential aged care facility is on the east side of Church Street Richmond, just south of St Ignatius Church. The land is currently occupied by a residential hotel.The proposed residential aged care facility retains the two individually significant heritage terraces at the front of the site. A new building at the rear of the heritage buildings will range in height from 18.3m near the existing terraces to 20.3m at the rear (plus 2.6m for the plant room on the roof). It will include basement car parking and support services for staff and residents.

What was the justification for the amendment?

There is a significant shortfall in the number of residential aged care beds to cater for growing demand in the City of Yarra. The number of people over 70 is expected to nearly double from approximately 6,800 (2016) to 12,700 (2031). The current supply of residential aged care facilities does not meet the current or future community needs. The proposal demonstrates a positive community benefit and is consistent with recent precedents using community benefit as a justification. The proposal is for a not-for-profit service which provides subsidised and specialised care for the local community.

Amendment C225 Exhibition Documents

When was the amendment exhibited?

The amendment was publicly exhibited in March 2018 for a month.

What stage is this amendment at?

 Sixth step in planning scheme amendment process


When was the Panel report received?

Council resolved to send the seven submissions to a planning panel in response to the exhibition of the amendment. 

The panel hearing was held on 27 and 29 June 2018.

Council received the panel report 27 July 2019. You can read the panel report here.

When did Council consider the panel report and adopt the amendment?

Council considered a report about the panel report in September 2018 and adopted the amendment.


The Minister for Planning approved the amendment on 2 March 2019.

You can view the approved incorporated document here.