Yarra's future

Yarra is a changing city. Our population is expected to grow by 27,000 people in the next 14 years, and many of these people will live in new apartment buildings.

Growth and new building development can be challenging for our community. For some people, the rate of growth can seem too fast. We hear from residents who are concerned that new development will affect their property or impact upon the look and feel of their neighbourhood.

For others, new development can offer positive opportunities for more sustainable living and affordable housing close to the city.

We are responsible for important decisions about development in Yarra. Our role is to guide Yarra’s growth to ensure new housing occurs in appropriate areas that blends in with the existing character of Yarra, and offers good outcomes for the community.

Strategic planning prepares plans and strategies that help guide future development in Yarra.

Here are some of our strategies to help guide Yarra's future:

Business and Industrial Land Strategy

Council adopted a Business and Industrial Land Strategy at its meeting on 5 June 2012.

It guides how much land is required for industry, offices, commercial and retail activities, and what mix of activities is appropriate. It also includes recommendations about areas that could be rezoned to achieve an appropriate balance.

It covers all land in commercial and industrial zones except shopping precincts. Shopping precincts were excluded from the strategy because they are likely to be covered by separate structure plans or local area plans focused on retail and related activities.

It was written prior to the introduction of the new commercial zones so it refers to land in business zones which are now called commercial zones.

You can view the Business and Industrial Land Strategy here.

View the Business and Industrial Land Strategy Background Report here.

Housing Strategy

Council's Housing Strategy aims to plan for and manage housing growth and change across Yarra to 2026.

The strategy, which was adopted in October 2010, considers Yarra’s capacity for housing growth and identifies areas capable of accommodating increased residential development.

We are currently preparing a new Housing Strategy.

You can see a copy of the existing Draft Housing Strategy here.

Yarra River Corridor Strategy 2017

Find out more information on the Yarra river protections

Yarra Heritage Strategy

The Heritage Strategy 2015-2018 is a four year plan that helps Council and the community to identify and protect heritage places, sites, traditions and objects that are historically important to Yarra. It also helps us to raise awareness and appreciation of heritage.

It includes goals and strategies under the following headings:

  • Knowing our heritage
  • Protecting and managing our heritage
  • Supporting our heritage
  • Promoting and celebrating our heritage