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Boronia Renewal Strategy (Amendment C178)


  • Submitted for authorisation to the Minister for Planning

Knox City Council has prepared proposed amendment C178knox to the Knox Planning Scheme. The amendment was adopted by Council at the 26 August 2019 Council Meeting with the purpose to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to exhibit the amendment.

Council has submitted the draft Renewal Strategy, proposed amendment C178knox, and associated documentation to the Minister for Planning in November 2019. Following ministerial authorisation, the exhibition of the amendment is anticipated to commence in early 2020.

What is Amendment C178?

Proposed amendment C178knox seeks to implement the objectives and strategies of the Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 into the Knox Planning Scheme through the application of local policy, and zones.

This amendment will seek to implement the outcome of the Strategy within the Knox Planning Scheme by providing the following benefits:

  • Providing certainty through a description and guidance for housing character and typology within mixed use areas.
  • Providing greater certainty with regarding to the role, function, and strategic directions in term of economic development and investment for the Boronia Major Activity Centre, and its core area in particular.
  • Providing a contemporary vision for Boronia Major Activity Centre, in line with Planning Policy Framework and in support to the content of a new Activity Centre Zone.
  • Providing support to improve street activation, surveillance, and safety throughout the Major Activity Centre and the public realm by requiring appropriate urban design guidelines.

The amendment support the wellbeing of the Boronia community, the local economy and local jobs by ensuring the town centre provides and supports a sufficient amount, type and mix of business and housing in a mixed used type development.

It does this by promoting a denser and compact town centre that can accommodate population growth while still favouring active commercial uses at ground level. It further implements the mandatory height to protect key views to the Dandenong Ranges as a result of investigation through the Urban Structure Report.

Further, the Amendment updates the scheme in relation to land that are excluded from the activity centre boundary, it corrects references to the Dandenong Foothills boundary, and implements a mixed-use housing typology.

Where can I get information?

The draft amendment C178knox and its supporting documents adopted by Council at the 26 August 2019 Council Meetings can be consulted below.

Once the Minister for Planning has authorised the exhibition of the amendment, amendment C178knox and its supporting documents will be available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning website
  • At the offices of the Planning Authority (Knox City Council) - Knox Council Civic Centre, Customer Service Building and Planning Counter - 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152 - Weekdays 8:30am to 5pm;

How to make a submission

Public consultation and submissions to Amendment C178knox have not commenced.

Please note that in accordance with the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council must make all submissions made to Amendment C178knox available for public inspection at its office for any person to inspect for a period of two months after the Amendment comes into operation or lapses.


What is a planning scheme amendment?
Planning schemes are documents used to control land use and development. All councils in Victoria have their own planning schemes, which are overseen by the State Government. To add or change planning controls, councils must make an amendment to their planning scheme, which must then be approved by the Minister for Planning.

What is a zone?
The planning scheme zones all land to reflect different land uses. These zones categorize how land is used and there are specific rules related to each zone.

What is an Activity Centre Zone?
The Activity Centre Zone (ACZ) is a zone intended to implement a structure plan/strategy for a defined activity centre.
The zone includes details of the uses that are allowed as well as development controls such as preferred heights, typology, setbacks, and built form. The zone covers the area within the boundary of a defined activity centre.
The Activity Centre Zone is used to facilitate higher density housing and mixed use outcomes. The controls set by the zone ensures that an activity centre is developed in a way that meets the requirements and desired guidelines identified in a structure plan/strategy. It is also used to create an attractive urban environment that is walkable and safe.

How the Activity Centre Zone works
The Activity Centre Zone is a special zone in the Victoria Planning Provisions. The zone comprises a schedule that is custom built to achieve the sought outcomes identified in a structure plan/strategy.

More information

If you have any questions in relation to this project, please contact City Strategy and Planning on 9298 8000 or email

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