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Boronia Renewal Project

Boronia Renewal Project - Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019-2040

Status

  • Draft adopted for public consultation
  • Submitted for authorisation to the Minister for Planning

The draft Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 and proposed draft Planning Scheme Amendment (C178knox) were endorsed by Council at the 26 August 2019 Council Meeting for public exhibition.

The strategy provides the visions and key directions for the future of the Boronia Major Activity Centre to a horizon of 2040.

The strategy acts as the strategic foundation for proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C178knox which will revise the planning controls for the Boronia Major Activity Centre. Officers will write to the Minister for Planning seeking authorisation to prepare and exhibit proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C178knox. Subject to receiving authorisation from the Minister, proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C178knox will be on public exhibition for a period of at least one calendar month.

Subject to community feedback and ultimately Council adoption, this strategy will supersede the Boronia Structure Plan 2006, and become a reference document in the Knox Planning Scheme.

View the draft Boronia Renewal Strategy and Background Reports below.

Boronia 2040 Vision

A connected and resilient place that values its history and environment, and embraces its forward- thinking community to realise its potential for future generations.

Boronia Renewal Project steps

Boronia Structure Plan 2006


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

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Boronia Major Activity Centre


The proposed Boronia Major Activity Centre covers the following area:

Boronia town centre

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.

Read the Key Directions report presented to Council via the link below.

Community Engagement Report

On 16 December 2019 the Boronia Renewal Strategy Community Engagement Report was endorsed by Council. 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.

Read the Community Engagement Report, including its appendices, via the links below.

Background Research

A series of background analysis documents were prepared to inform issues and opportunities for Boronia in the drafting of the Renewal Strategy.

View the background reports via the links below.

Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019

The Strategy provides a strategic vision for the future growth of the Boronia Major Activity Centre over the next 20 years.
The Boronia Renewal Strategy sets out a strategic response to anticipated population growth within the Major Activity Centre around 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

Sub-projects

257 Dorset Rd, Boronia

The Council property 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.

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Amendment C178

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.

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.

The proposed amendment was submitted to the Minister for Planning for authorisation in November 2019.

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FAQs and Resources

What is an Activity Centre?
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 defined as any place that attracts people for shopping, working, studying, recreation or socializing located within Metropolitan Melbourne.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 identifies Boronia as a Major Activity Centre. Plan Melbourne guides the growth of Metropolitan Melbourne to an horizon of 2050 by setting the strategy in relation to jobs, housing, transport, amenity and sustainability.

What is a Renewal Strategy/Structure Plan?
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.
A structure plan is a long-term plan for a specific Activity Centre that supports a renewal and guide Council decisions about future development on both private and public property.

It establishes a framework to guide development and land-use change. It is designed to implement the key policies and achieve environmental, social and economic objectives for the Activity Centre.

Plan Melbourne
2006 Boronia Structure Plan

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

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

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