On 4 September 2015, the Minister for Planning gazetted
Amendment C262 (Amendment) which results in a number of key changes
to the Melbourne Planning Scheme (Planning Scheme) that
affect development in Melbourne's CBD area.
What land is affected?
The Amendment affects the land generally within the Hoddle Grid,
Southbank and the Shrine of Remembrance (Central
According to the Minister, the dramatic increase in the quantity
and scale of development within the Central City has created
infrastructure capacity and amenity issues which have the potential
to damage investment attraction to Central City and irreversibly
damage the liveability of Melbourne.
What are the changes?
The Amendment introduces mandatory built form controls to the
Central City by making the following changes to the Planning
for certain areas where a Design and Development Overlay
previously imposed discretionary height controls (i.e. areas
covered byDDO2, 7, 40, 60, and 62), these are now mandatory height
for the rest of the Central City, applying (subject to
specified exemptions) mandatory podium height and setback
requirements with a discretionary site plot ratio control including
the maximum site plot ratio is not to exceed 24:1;
the maximum plot ratio for blocks should generally not exceed
towers above podiums must be setback a minimum of 5 metres to
previously discretionary controls to limit overshadowing to
identified public spaces, such as Federation Square and the north
bank of the Yarra River, have been made mandatory and new mandatory
controls prohibiting overshadowing of the Shrine of Remembrance and
its northern forecourt have been introduced;
making City of Melbourne a recommending referral authority for
planning applications for developments with a gross floor area
exceeding 25,000 square metres, for which the Minister for Planning
is the Responsible Authority, within Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the
Capital City Zone.
These changes have been introduced on an interim basis for a
period of 12 months to allow sufficient time for permanent built
form controls to be developed and subsequently introduced through
the normal planning scheme amendment process.
Until then, the interim changes will apply to new development
applications lodged after the introduction of the Amendment.
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