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. Council has completed a large amount of research that has informed the draft Structure Plan. The background research can be accessed at the bottom of this webpage. It is now time to find out what you think about the ideas in the draft. This is your chance to provide your input into the future of Knox’s CBD.
Almost everyone in Knox has some connection to Knox Central – for shopping, school, recreation or simply driving through. Council is keen to hear your feedback on the ideas for Knox Central outlined in the draft Structure Plan.
In order for your feedback to be considered by Council, a written submission is required. A written submission can be lodged:
Submissions must be received before 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.Your written submission must include your name, postal address and the reference number Amendment C149.
All submissions will be considered by Council.
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).