Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area

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Council’s Priorities for the Fishermans Bend Review

At the 13 October 2015 Council Meeting, Council resolved to adopt a series of priorities for the Fishermans Bend Review. Council has consistently advocated for measures to give Fishermans Bend the best possible start a a vibrant, liveable community with job and residential opportunities to support Melbourne’s growth.

Council’s priorities are grouped around six themes:

1. An integrated transport plan
2. Growing Melbourne’s economy
3. Community diversity
4. A comprehensive sustainable development plan
5. Catalytic investment in infrastructure to direct development
6. Informed density and quality design controls

Council looks forward to working closely with the Minister for Planning, Fishermans Bend Advisory Committee, City of Melbourne and the Metropolitan Planning Authority to delivery on these priorities.

View full details of the priorities (pdf 0.24MB).

Ministerial Announcement

On 17 April 2015 the Minister for Planning announced important changes to the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA).

View the Minister’s media release.

As part of this announcement the Minister:

  • introduced mandatory height controls
  • set new height limits for areas which previously had no height limit (40 storeys in Montague and 18 storeys in Sandridge and Wirraway)
  • replaced the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) as Responsible Authority with himself, for all developments outside of the four and eight storey mapped height areas, and above 25,000m2
  • amended the Strategic Framework Plan (SFP) released in July 2014 by removing the preferred height map and also ‘Key Element 2: Sustainable Transport’
  • highlighted a new 18 month strategic planning phase for the project, including the development of detailed neighbourhood precinct plans, and creation of an Infrastructure Plan
  • expanded the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area to include a newly titled Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct, north of the freeway in the City of Melbourne, increasing the renewal area to 455 Ha

Download the factsheet prepared by the Minister for Planning about the changes. 

Council believes that these changes represent a very positive step forward for our community.

Mayor Amanda Stevens said, “This is a fresh start for our community, who have rightly wanted to have their say about how to give the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) the best possible chance of success.”

Read Council’s full media release in response to the State Government’s announcement.

Strategic Framework Plan: April 2015

The Minister has released the amended Strategic Framework Plan,  and included it into the Planning Scheme. The amended document deletes both the Sustainable Transport and Preferred Height pages of the Plan. New mandatory height controls are included in a map in the updated Planning Scheme.

View the updated Planning Scheme.

The Minister has revised the heights for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area. These are including in the planning scheme and can be accessed on pages 7 and 8 of the below link:$File/Port+Phillip+GC29+37_04s01_port+track+changes+Approval+Gazetted.pdf?OpenElement

Ministerial Advisory Committee

The Minister for Planning is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC). For further information on the MAC please visit: