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The Upper Gully Plan

The Upper Gully Plan includes two key elements:

  • The Upper Gully Strategic Plan, which will guide the long term future for the commercial centre as a whole
  • The Streetscape Design Project that will focus on physical improvements to the Upper Gully shopping precinct (the area along Burwood Highway)

Community Update

A report on the independent Planning Panel considerations and recommendations for Amendment C141 (Upper Gully Strategic Plan) will be presented to the Council Meeting being held on 23 January 2017. The Panels report can be accessed here (PDF 822KB).

The general public is welcome to attend Council Meetings. The Council Meeting procedure includes public question time as a standard item on the agenda.

You can submit a question to Council using this link ‘Submit a Public Question Online’.

The agenda for the 23 January 2017 Council Meeting and related attachments can be accessed here.

Upper Gully Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan is the planning document that will guide what Upper Ferntree Gully will be and how it will function in terms of its social, environmental and economic future. It will help facilitate appropriate development and forms the basis of permanent planning controls (Amendment C141) in this important centre.

Amendment C141

The permanent planning controls proposed (Amendment C141) will guide new development in the centre including building heights and setbacks, building colours and materials. These changes will replace interim height controls that currently apply to the centre.

Council formally exhibited Amendment C141 between 8 February and 29 March 2016. You can read more about the proposed Amendment and download copies of all relevant documents, as formally exhibited by visiting the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) website.

The Draft Upper Gully Strategic Plan and Amendment C141 documentation are available for public inspection during office hours at:

  • Knox City Council, Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, WANTIRNA SOUTH VIC 3152; and
  • Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully.

On 28 June 2016, Council endorsed a revised Built Height and Setbacks Map for Amendment C141 that identifies maximum building heights of three storeys (12 metres) in the central core area, and two storeys (8.5 metres) for the outer eastern and western areas and north of Burwood Highway within the Upper Ferntree Gully Activity Centre. Council also resolved to refer this to an independent Planning Panel which was appointed by the Minister for Planning.

In light of Council’s decision, Council extended the opportunity to make a submission or revise original submissions on Amendment C141 until Monday 12 September 2016.

Further information on the events that led to Council’s decision, can be accessed here or via the link below ‘Chronology of Council Decisions for Amendment C141’.

Independent Planning Panel

All submissions were considered by an independent Planning Panel.

The role of the independent Planning Panel is to:

  • Give submitters an opportunity to be heard in an independent forum in an informal, non-judicial manner; and
  • Give independent advice to the Planning Authority (Knox City Council) and the Minister about the proposed Amendment.

Directions Hearing

The Directions Hearing was held on Friday 14 October 2016 at Knox City Council Civic Centre.

Public Hearing

The Public Hearing was held over three days at the Knox City Council Civic Centre on Tuesday 15, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November 2016. The documents tabled at the Public Hearing can be accessed here.

The Panels report for C141 can be accessed here (PDF 822KB).

More Information

Upper Gully Strategic Plan and Amendment C141

For information about the Upper Gully Strategic Plan or Amendment C141, please contact Knox City Council on 9298 8000 or email

Streetscape Design Project

In November 2015, Council endorsed the draft Streetscape Design Project and progression of the priority project: ‘Pedestrian Walkway’. This includes upgrades to the Burwood Highway service land and footpath prioritising pedestrian activity, better servicing local businesses and the tourism market.

Community workshops to guide the detail design of the priority project ‘Pedestrian Walkway’ will be held in 2017.

If you require any further information or wish to be kept informed and be involved in this exciting project contact Justin Schreuder on 9298 8000 or email

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