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Boronia Renewal Project

Boronia is changing and Knox City Council wants your ideas for future planning.

Council has commenced a process to renew the Boronia Activity Centre. This includes reviewing the 10 year old Boronia Structure Plan and reviewing built form, social, economic and environmental issues, as well as examining the future options for Council’s aging infrastructure and how community services can be better delivered.

Council is committed to providing a safe and secure space, within both a natural and built environment, with a strong regional economy, local employment and learning opportunities.

The project aims to produce a number of new guiding documents including:

  • Key Directions Report
  • Boronia Strategic Community Plan
  • Boronia Park Civic Concept Plan

Safer Communities Fund Grant awarded

In great news, the Boronia Renewal Project has been awarded a Federal Givernment grant of $423,000 through the Safer Communities Fund.

The grant was announced by the Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP on 1 June, and will allow Council to install solar-powered lighting in the vicinity of the train station, Erica Avenue, Orchid Avenue and Tormore Reserve. The new lights will be installed over the next two years following a period of community consultation.

Read the press release

View the announcement by Alan Tudge MP

Boronia CCTV renewal program

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Council recently received funding to renew CCTV cameras in Dorset Square and in the Boronia Junction car park.

Through the installation of an upgraded CCTV system and signage, the Project aims to continue to strengthen current crime prevention interventions to improve perception of safety and gain a reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal activities in and around the Boronia Retail Precinct.

Stay tuned for more information about the rollout.

The Boronia Retail Precinct Crime Prevention Project was funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

Key Directions Report

Stage one of the Boronia Renewal project is now complete and a Key Directions Report has been presented to Council.

At the 23 April Council meeting the report was presented and considered by Council before it was accepted.

At the meeting, Council resolved to:

  • note that stage one was successful in gathering ideas and issues
  • adopt the nine key directions suggested
  • endorse the use of the nine key directions
  • request preparation of a draft strategy for stage 2 that includes a youth engagement strategy
  • endorse the stage 2 community enagagement program
  • endorse the stage 2 strategy development work program
  • explore possible new sites for the relocation of the library service and a new multi-purpose facility in the vicinity of the train station.

#treesofboronia

trees of Boronia

This month, the Boronia Renewal Project is looking at how the built and natural environments of Boronia combine to manage redevelopment, while still keeping a focus on the 'green and leafy' suburban setting Boronia residents love.

For the month of May, we are asking residents and community members to post photographs of their favorite trees in the Boronia area to Instagram. Just upload a photo using the hastag #treesofboronia and tell us why you love that tree and where it is located. Alternatively, you can email the photo to us at boroniarenewal@knox.vic.gov.au and don't forget to include the same information!

Of course, it is important that you are mindful of privacy. If the tree is located on private property you should seek the property owners' permission before accessing.

Councillor 'wayfinding' tour

On April 19, Council officers accompanied ward councillors Peter Lockwood and John Mortimore (also Knox Mayor) on a walking tour of the Boronia Activity Centre.

The tour allowed them gain a better understanding of how community members use the centre on a daily basis, and to engage in discussions with community members about specific areas that could be improved.

Of particular note was the difficulty they expereinced when crossing the many very busy streets and roads in the area and the tour allowed them to consider how and where signage could be improved to make this easier. The information gathered will help Council plan future zones and walkways to make walking around the town centre just that little bit easier for everyone.

There will be further opportunities for Council and community members to participate in future walking tours later in the year - sign up to our newsletter and keep watching this website for details.

Boronia car parking survey

Council is conducting a Movement and Access Study as part of the Boronia Renewal Project. The issues of access to certain parts of the centre, difficulty for pedestrians crossing busy roads and car parking have been identified through the Community consultation to date.

We conducted a car parking survey during the month of April and are currently reviewing the submissions received. A report will be prepared and presented to Council in June and we will publish it here shortly after.

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Community workshop series

Following the Community Conversations and community survey conducted late 2017, a series of targeted workshops were conducted in early 2018 to start the process of gathering people’s ideas for Boronia.

Representatives from local traders and businesses, State Government agencies with an interest in the area and a range of community groups, sporting clubs and service organisations took part in the workshops and gave us some fantastic feedback and ideas.

Information from these workshops, along with data from the survey summary report will be considered by Council and will be used to inform the development of a Renewal Strategy for Boronia.

Participants in the Boronia Renewal workshops
Participants in the Boronia Renewal workshops
Participants in teh Boronia Renewal workshops
Images from the Boronia Renewal workshops

Boronia Community Conversations

Council has recently released the detailed report summarising the results of the Community Conversations and the 'Have your say' survey conducted later 2017. We received more than 525 responses that generated more than 3600 ideas about Boronia. This broad range of suggestions came from people of all walks of life and is an excellent result. The survey information will provide Council with an excellent start and a sound basis to develop a future Boronia that the Community would like to see.

Some of the feedback included what people liked most about Boronia, such as being close to the hills and the access to parks and open space. People also felt, however, that in some areas the benefits of living in Boronia were changing and that the need to retain the open green spaces was even more important with the new housing developments in the area. Key areas of concern centred mainly on town centre and carparking within that centre.

View the full report for more information

More information

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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Boronia Structure Plan 2006

The Boronia Structure Plan was adopted by Council in October 2006 after extensive community consultation. The plan contains initiatives to improve land use mix, built form, economic sustainability, accessibility, public open space and the well being of the Boronia Community. The Boronia Structure Plan can be downloaded via the links below.

Please note the March 2012 Addendum to the Boronia Structure Plan March 2012 replaces the Built Form (Building Height) Framework (Figure 7) between pages 20 and 21.

Key land use and development objectives of the Boronia Structure Plan are included in the following sections of the Knox Planning Scheme.

  • Clause 22.06 Boronia Major Activity Centre Local Policy; and
  • Schedule 7 to Clause 43.02 – Design and Development Overlay

Amendment C133 was approved by the Minister for Planning in December 2015. This amendment made changes to the relevant sections of the Knox Planning Scheme in order to provide clearer guidance on use and development of land, particularly relating to residential development, within the Boronia Major Activity Centre.

The Minister for Planning approved these changes to the Knox Planning Scheme on an interim basis, with an expiry date of 15 December 2019. This will allow Council to undertake a strategic review of the Boronia Structure Plan and related planning controls.

If you require any additional information regarding the Boronia Structure Plan please contact Strategic Planning on 9298 8000 or email psamendments@knox.vic.gov.au.

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