About the project
Boronia has been identified by the State Government as a Major Activity Centre.
This means it should provide a focal point for services, employment, housing, public transport and social interaction.
The Boronia Renewal Project responds to this by:
- addressing key social and economic challenges
- coordinating the planning and design phases for infrastructure and service delivery
- planning policies and built form controls for future land use in the Boronia Major Activity Centre.
Activity centres and urban renewal
A Major Activity Centre is a mixed-use urban area for commercial and other land uses. It attracts people for shopping, working, studying, recreation or socializing.
Urban renewal involves updating an area to improve local jobs, investment, and housing. It can mean:
- rezoning land
- improving facilities
- identifying transport and infrastructure needs.
Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021)
A key part of the Boronia Renewal Project is the Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021)
The strategy provides a framework for growth over the next 20 years.
About the strategy
The strategy focuses on five themes:
- economic development and investment
- land use and built form
- movement and access
- public spaces
- community wellbeing and infrastructure.
The strategy also aims to redefine the Boronia Major Activity Centre Boundary.
Council adopted the strategy on 23 August 2021 and resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to begin and exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C192knox together with the strategy. The strategy was placed on community consultation in March 2023. This strategy is subject to further changes in response to submissions and feedbacks prior to being considered for adoption by Council.
The Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021), once finalised, will supersede the current Boronia Structure Plan 2006, which was adopted by Council in October 2006 and updated in March 2012.
About the Amendment C192knox
Amendment C192knox seeks to implement the objectives and strategies of the Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021) through the application of local policies, changes to zones and overlays, and other consequential changes to the Knox Planning Scheme. Notably, a new Design and Development Overlay - Schedule 10 will be applied to proposed Precincts 1, 2 and 3 of the Major Activity Centre.The land affected by the amendment is the Boronia Major Activity Centre as shown on the following map:
Exhibition and submissions
Following the receipt of conditional authorisation from the Minister for Planning, the amendment has been placed on exhibition. The exhibition of the amendment commenced on Monday 6 March 2023 and ended on 13 April 2023. Exhibition has now closed.
How to inspect the amendment
You can inspect a copy of the amendment at the following locations:
- Online - Department of Transport and Planning website
- In-person - Customer Service building and planning counter
Knox City Council Civic Centre
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
(Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
You can also still view the content of the amendment, renewal strategy, and its information brochures via Council’s Have your Say Boronia Renewal Project.
Have Your Say and how to make a submission
Submissions have now closed.
What happens next
A copy of every submission is available for any person to inspect until the end of the 2 months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.
Submissions will be disclosed in full the Council consultants (if applicable) who will make recommendations to Council regarding the submissions.
Council and the state government may also publish submissions on their websites, provide copies of submissions, and make publicly available lists of submissions.
Submissions may be disclosed in a report to Council which will by virtue of the Local Government Act 1989, be available to the public for an extended period.
Council has considered the submissions at its Council meeting on 25 September 2023 and resolved to appoint an independent Planning Panel. Planning Panel Victoria held a Directions Hearing and a Panel Hearing on 10 November 2023 and 8 December 2023. Submitters were notified of the opportunity to attend.
Planning Panel Victoria have provided their recommendations in February 2024 and Council will consider the Panel recommendations in a Council meeting.
Find out more about the chronology of the Boronia Renewal Project.
|11 September 2017
|Council endorsed the Boronia Renewal Project key stage and timeline at Strategic Planning Committee (SPC).
|23 April 2018
|Council endorsed the Boronia Renewal Project Community Engagement Program at Council meeting.
|22 October 2018
|Council endorsed the “draft Boronia Renewal Strategy 2018 for consultation purposes”.
|26 August 2019
|Council resolved to seek authorisation to prepare and exhibit the Amendment C178knox to the Knox Planning Scheme. (Amendment C178knox was ultimately abandoned and replaced by Amendment C192knox).
|16 December 2019
|Council adopted a series of background report to the Boronia Renewal Project, including the Community Engagement Report.
|23 August 2021
|Council resolved to seek authorisation to prepare and exhibit the Amendment C192knox to the Knox Planning Scheme.
|6 March 2023 –
13 April 2023
|The Boronia Renewal Strategy and Amendment C192knox were placed on exhibition.
|25 September 2023
|Council considered preliminary recommendations from officers and appointed an independent Planning Panel.
|10 November 2023
|Planning Panel Directions Hearing.
|8 December 2023
|Planning Panel Hearing hosted at Knox Community Arts Centre, Bayswater.
|16 February 2024
|Panel Recommendations Report
|To be confirmed
|Council meeting to consider the Panel recommendations and decide on Amendment C192knox and Boronia Renewal Strategy.
Council is currently involved in other Boronia-based projects to support the Boronia Renewal Project as part of Building a better Boronia.
These documents are subject to further changes through the planning scheme amendment process (Amendment C192knox):
- Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021) (adopted 23 August 2021)
- Boronia Renewal Strategy community engagement report (noted 16 December 2019)
- Boronia Economic Analysis 2021 (adopted 23 August 2021)
- Boronia Movement and Access Study 2018 (Adopted 26 August 2019)
- Draft Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 Review Report (endorsed 23 August 2021)
- Boronia Community Services and Facilities Review 2018 (adopted 16 December 2019)
- Boronia Renewal Strategy Urban Structure Report - Hansen Partnership, June 2021 (adopted 23 Aug 2021)
- Appendix C: Maps