Knox Central is essentially Knox’s ‘CBD’. The boundaries of the Knox Central Activity Centre are shown in the map below. Knox Central serves a broad cross-section of the community within Knox and across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Anchored by the shopping centre it includes retail, residential, industrial, commercial, educational uses, along with significant areas of open space.
The Knox Central Structure Plan is a strategic plan that provides a vision, objectives and actions for the future of the Knox Central Activity Centre. The Structure Plan includes guidance for changes to land use, built form including building heights , transport networks and public spaces that together can achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes. It will provide the direction for public and private investment and development over the next 20 years. Access the draft Structure Plan here or via the link below.
In order to facilitate the changes proposed in the draft Structure Plan, changes to the Knox Planning Scheme are required. The proposed planning scheme changes relating to Knox Central (known as ‘Amendment C149’) are provided in draft form alongside the draft Structure Plan, so that landowners and the community can provide feedback on the proposed planning controls as well as the higher level direction provided in the Structure Plan itself. You may access the amendment documents via this link to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
The draft Knox Central Structure Plan proposes the following vision for the future of Knox Central:
“Knox Central will be a vibrant modern mixed-use activity centre that attracts residents, workers and visitors from across Melbourne’s east. It will be the most well known and popular destination in the east of Melbourne.It will be a busy and attractive urban centre which has a strong connection to the natural environment. It will provide a focus for public life, connecting people and communities, and will be an attractive place to live, work, and play. Knox Central’s physical form, encompassing a distinctive boulevard presence along Burwood Highway alongside the well-activated Blind Creek Corridor and Lewis Park, will provide a unique Activity Centre presence in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.”
To achieve this vision, the draft Structure Plan has the following seven areas of focus:
This is the first time in over a decade that Council has spoken with the community about the future of Knox Central. The time is right for Council and the community to focus on Knox Central for a number of reasons:
Council has adopted a draft Structure Plan for the purpose of public consultation and nothing is set in stone at this stage. The draft Knox Central Structure Plan and proposed changes to the Knox Planning Scheme were on public exhibition from 10 November 2016 to 16 December 2016. The next step is for Council to formally consider all of the submissions received during the exhibition period.
All submissions will be considered by Council. It is expected that this will occur in the first half of 2017.
If submissions cannot be resolved by Council, a Planning Panel will be appointed. Anyone who has made a submission can be heard by the Panel. If a submitter does not want to be heard in person, the written submission is considered.
Following a Panel Hearing (if required), Council will receive a report from the Panel with recommendations about how to proceed with Amendment C149. Council may then decide whether or not to adopt Amendment C149, or adopt the Amendment with changes. Council will also consider whether to adopt the Knox Central Structure Plan at this stage. If adopted by Council, Amendment C149 only becomes part of the Knox Planning Scheme if and when it is approved by the Minister for Planning.
All submitters will be notified of when Amendment C149 will next be considered by Council. Submitters will also be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria (if a Panel Hearing is required).