Waterfront Place precinct design guidelines

The Port Melbourne waterfront is highly valued as one of the historic gateways to Melbourne.

The Waterfront Place precinct occupies an important position within Melbourne as a place of arrival and departure. It serves a variety of roles for international and domestic visitors, and for the local community. The complex Precinct includes a mix of private and public land and uses, the 109 tram terminus, important heritage fabric, cruise ship and ferry facilities, and a public realm which is highly contested at times.

We've worked with stakeholders and the community to explore design guidelines for several properties in the Waterfront Place precinct in Port Melbourne, as well as an approach to developing the public realm.

In April 2020, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service announced it will move its Victorian port from Station Pier to Geelong in 2022. This move and the Victorian Ports Corporation’s plans for Station Pier and the freight yard will fundamentally affect the future of Waterfront Place.

Our work on the Waterfront Place precinct design guidelines is on hold until more is known about the future of Station Pier. We will continue to work with VicPorts Corporation and the Victorian Planning Authority to plan the future of the precinct and achieve an integrated outcome.

Project scope

The development of design guidelines for specific sites was a key action identified by the community as part of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework (UDF). The project is timely, as the Waterfront Place precinct and Station Pier are currently undergoing change with several developments. The design guidelines will ultimately form the basis of a future planning scheme amendment to update existing planning controls. To inform this process, recommendations for planning scheme controls for the study area and Waterfront Place precinct will also be developed.

The public realm principles will be informed by the existing outcomes in the UDF, which will be tested and reviewed in conjunction with the development of design guidelines to ensure integration between the built form and public realm. The public realm approach will inform future designs. Funding has not yet been allocated for further design or construction of public realm works.

View the Waterfront Place Port Melbourne precinct map (PDF 346 KB)

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 74 KB) and Background Issues Paper (PDF 6.7 MB).

Port Melbourne Waterfront UDF

Council developed the Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework (UDF) 2013, to enhance liveability, public spaces and future sustainability of the precinct.

The Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework 2013 can be viewed here:

The Port Melbourne Waterfront UDF 2013 builds on the draft Port Melbourne Waterfront UDF released in December 2011 by responding to community feedback and incorporating recommendations from independent technical studies on transport and access, views and vistas and design and development.

The final Port Melbourne Waterfront UDF 2013 was endorsed by Council at a public Council meeting on Tuesday 26 November 2013.

Find out more

For more information about this project please contact the City Design team:

Online: Online Services
Phone: 03 9209 6777
In person: visit St Kilda Town Hall during office hours Monday to Friday

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