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 (PDF).
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.
View the amendment documents on 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:
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 exhibition period for Amendment C150 has now closed.
106 submissions to Amendment C149 were received. The submissions were considered by Council at its meeting held on 27 March 2017. Council resolved to refer all submissions to an independent panel to be appointed by the Minister for Planning.
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. Submitters will be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria in relation to the Planning Panel process.
The Directions Hearing will be held:
The purpose of the Panel Hearing is to give submitters an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission and to hear from the Planning Authority (Knox City Council).
The public hearing is scheduled to commence in the week of 29 May 2017.
Following the hearing, 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.