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Boronia Renewal Project

Boronia Renewal Project

The Victorian Government released its metropolitan planning strategy Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 in 2017. It guides the growth of Metropolitan Melbourne to a horizon of 2050 by setting the strategy in relation to jobs, housing, transport, amenity and sustainability. Boronia is identified in Plan Melbourne as a Major Activity Centre. As such it is expected to provide a suburban focal point for services, employment, housing, public transport and social interaction.

The Boronia Renewal Project is Knox City Council’s initiative to review and address a number of existing and emerging issues that impact on Council’s service and infrastructure delivery in Boronia. The project intends to address Boronia’s key social and economic issues, coordinate the planning and design phases for Council’s infrastructure and service delivery in Boronia, and set out strategic planning strategies and built form controls for future land use in the Boronia Major Activity Centre.

Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019-2040

A key component of the Boronia Renewal Project is the development of the Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019-2040, which provides a strategic vision for the future growth of the Centre over the next 20 years.

Status

  • Council has endorsed the draft Strategy and requested authorisation from the Minister for Planning to commence the planning scheme amendment process to implement the Strategy
  • Subject to receiving Ministerial authorisation, Council will undertake public consultation on the draft Strategy and the amendment documents to seek feedback from the community

The draft Strategy was endorsed by Council at the 26 August 2019 Council Meeting for public exhibition as part of the amendment process. It sets out a strategic response to anticipated population growth within the Boronia Major Activity Centre around the following five themes:

  • Economic development and investment.
  • Land use and built form.
  • Movement and access.
  • Public realm.
  • Community wellbeing and infrastructure.

Each theme contains an overview of the issues relating to the Centre, opportunities available in the Centre, preferred future outcomes, and a number of objectives, strategies and actions to achieve these objectives.

More detailed actions are contained in six Precinct Plans to help achieve the vision and integrate the themes:

  • Precinct 1: Commercial core
  • Precinct 2: Commercial edge
  • Precinct 3: Mixed use edge
  • Precinct 4: Sensitive residential growth
  • Precinct 5: Intensive residential growth
  • Precinct 6: Edge residential growth

Further details are available in the endorsed strategy, available in the File Downloads section below. The draft Strategy is subject to further changes during the amendment process in response to feedback from the community and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Background information

Boronia Structure Plan 2006


The Renewal Strategy Project aim to review and supersede the current Boronia Structure Plan 2006.

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Key directions

A Key Directions Report was presented and adopted by Council at the 23 April 2018 Council Meeting. The key directions informed the topics and objectives of the draft Boronia Renewal Strategy.

The Key Directions and Visions were presented for public consultation throughout November 2018.

Community Engagement Report

The Boronia Renewal Strategy Community Engagement Report was endorsed by Council at the 16 December 2019 Council Meeting. The Community Engagement Report comprises the summary of all consultation for the Boronia Renewal Project. Information gathered during these consultations informed the draft Boronia Renewal Strategy.

The analysis of the different surveys were adopted by Council and are attached as appendices to this report.

Related projects

257 Dorset Rd, Boronia

The Council owned site is currently vacant following the demolition of the former Boronia Youth Hall.

The long-term use of the site has not yet been determined, but in the meantime, the site is available to the public as a temporary open space.

Council has engaged with the local community to gain input on how the space can be utilised.

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Lupton Way

Following feedback received during consultation during the Boronia Renewal project, Council is now looking at ways we can improve the accessibility of Lupton Way.

We want to make the space more inviting and pedestrian friendly and are inviting the community to share ideas about how we might do this.

More information

More information

Activity Centre and urban renewal


Activity centre is a term for a mixed-use urban area where there is a concentration of commercial and other land uses. Activity Centres are any place that attracts people for shopping, working, studying, recreation or socializing located within Metropolitan Melbourne.

Urban renewal involves regenerating an existing area and unlocking under-utilised areas for jobs, investment, and housing. It can often involve rezoning land, improving an area’s amenity, redevelopment and identifying transport and infrastructure needs.

A Renewal Strategy provides guiding principles, a vision, and desired outcomes for an area that relies on the existing assets of a place and rectifies key issues. It aims at invigorate an area by alleviating problems and move towards the future.

Previous Council meetings:


16 December 2019
26 August 2019
22 October 2018
23 April 2018
11 September 2017

If you have any questions in relation to this project, please call 9298 8000 or email boroniarenewal@knox.vic.gov.au

File downloads

The documents below are subject to further changes through the planning scheme amendment process (Amendment C178knox)

Draft Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019
Boronia Renewal Strategy Community Engagement Report – Adopted 16 December 2019

Appendices to the Community Engagement Report - 16 December 2019:

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