DDO48 North Richmond Station

North Richmond Station is roughly located between Hoddle Street, properties to the east of the railway line, Butler Street and York Street, south of the North Richmond Train Station. 

The precinct contains former industrial buildings along Regent Street, Garfield and York Street, some of which have been developed for apartments.  Commercial and office developments are located fronting busy Hoddle Street with intimate creative industries, cafes and other uses on Little Hoddle Street. 



Through draft Amendment C291yara, Yarra City Council is proposing to apply a new Design and Development Overlay - Schedule 48 (DDO48) to North Richmond Station.  

DDO48 would replace an interim DDO, DDO22, which applies to this precinct and the rest of Victoria Street. 

Built form and design requirements in the DDO relate to front setbacks, street wall height, setbacks for upper levels, building height and transition of potential development towards residential properties at the rear. The DDO also includes requirements and guidelines regarding overshadowing, facade design, transport and access and others.

The amendment also includes new policy which describes the proposed future character of North Richmond Station (see Clause 21.11 – Local Areas).

What is this Design and Development Overlay trying to achieve?

Draft Design and Development Overlay – Schedule 48 (DDO48) supports the development of this precinct as a dense mixed-use corridor for housing and employment growth. 

Draft DDO48 promotes new mid-rise development up to 9 commercial storeys along Hoddle Street. A higher street wall (the height of the building on the street) of 4 storeys is supported on Hoddle Street with upper levels pushed back 4.5m. The DDO requires that development should that reinforces the importance of the boulevard, along with improving its pedestrian environment and landscape character. 

Elsewhere the DDO supports new mid-rise development from 6 to 9 storeys along Regent Street and on larger sites east of railway line with lower heights of 4 storeys adjoining low-rise residential areas. The DDO reinforces the existing 2 to 3 storey street wall. Taller elements of buildings should also be pushed back 6 metres. 

New development also needs to maintain the visual prominence heritage buildings.

Additional setbacks at ground floor have been applied along Little Hoddle Street and the Jonas Street side of 33 to 35 Elizabeth Street. 

DDO48 also requires that development is designed to create safe, active and attractive street frontages including Little Hoddle Street and the streets leading to the North Richmond Station. Development must be designed to make sure it protects sunlight to the Elizabeth Street footpath – a key pedestrian and cycling route. 

Further information (Exhibited Documents)

Draft DDO48 and updates to Local Policy are proposed to become part of the Yarra Planning Scheme.

See the following documents for all the details:

Draft DDO48 - Information Sheet – Provides a summary of some requirements and where they apply can be found in the DDO. They are not part of the formal amendment documentation.

Draft DDO48 - Formal amendment document and built form and design requirements for the precinct.  Read the entire DDO here. 

Local Policy 21.12 – Contains the Preferred Future Character Statement for the precinct and other policy.