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The Upper Gully Plan

Draft Upper Gully Strategic Plan and Planning Scheme Amendment C141

The 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)

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 has been 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.

For further information on the events that led to Council’s decision, refer to the section ‘Chronology of Council Decisions for Amendment C141’ below.

Independent Planning Panel

All submissions will be forwarded to an independent Planning Panel for consideration. Planning Panels Victoria provides information about the Panel Hearing directly to submitters.

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 purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:

  • Consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Public Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports;
  • Make arrangements for the Public Hearing, including the Timetable and Public Hearing venue; and
  • Answer any questions people may have about the Public Hearing.

The Directions Hearing will be held on:

  • Friday 14 October 2016 commencing at 10:00am at Knox City Council, Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, WANTIRNA SOUTH VIC 3152 in Function Room 4.

Public Hearing


The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission and to hear from the Planning Authority (Knox City Council). The Public Hearing is open to all submitters and the public.

The Public Hearing will be held on the week commencing 14 November 2016 and is expected to be completed in four days, the venue is yet to be confirmed.

Chronology of Council Decisions for Amendment C141

Council meeting 24 November 2015


On 24 November 2015, Council considered the draft Upper Gully Strategic Plan (October 2015), which recommended a maximum two storey (8.5 metres) building height across the Activity Centre. Council resolved to seek authorisation to exhibit Amendment C141; and that the draft Strategic Plan (October 2015), and Amendment C141 be modified to allow for a three storey (12 metres) maximum building height for the outer eastern and western areas south of Burwood Highway in the Upper Ferntree Gully Activity Centre.

Council meeting 24 May 2016


On 24 May 2016, Council considered the various matters raised by the 344 submissions received during public exhibition of the modified Amendment C141; and draft Upper Gully Strategic Plan (December 2015) undertaken from 8 February to 29 March 2016. Council resolved that further research and analysis of the height, design and associated issues and consultation be undertaken with relevant stakeholders with a report to be presented at a future Council meeting.

Council meeting 28 June 2016


On 28 June 2016, a Notice of Motion was presented to Council for a revised Building Heights and Setbacks Map for Amendment C141. In general, the revised map 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 that will be appointed by the Minister for Planning. This motion was successful however, a rescission notice was lodged to have this matter voted on again at the next Council meeting on 26 July 2016.

Council meeting 26 July 2016


At the 26 July 2016 Council meeting, a rescission motion for the Upper Gully Strategic Plan – Amendment C141 was put forward and lost. Therefore, Council’s decision at its meeting on 28 June 2016 stands.

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 psamendments@knox.vic.gov.au.

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 UFTG@knox.vic.gov.au

Please note some pages will not be available on our website during the period 21 September to 22 October 2016 in accordance with our obligations under Council's Election Period Policy. More information available www.knox.vic.gov.au/elections

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