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Boronia Renewal Project (Amendment C192knox)

The Boronia Renewal Project addresses key social and economic issues that impact on service and infrastructure delivery in Boronia. It sets out strategic planning strategies and built form controls for future land use in the Boronia Major Activity Centre.

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
  • redevelopment
  • 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.

Read the Boronia Renewal Strategy

Council adopted the strategy on 23 August 2021 for the purpose of seeking authorisation from the Minister for Planning to commence Planning Scheme Amendment C192knox which will include community consultation on the strategy. This strategy is subject to further changes in response to feedback from the community and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

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.

Implementing the Boronia Renewal Strategy

Knox City Council has resolved to request authorisation from the Minister for Planning to begin the planning scheme amendment process through Amendment C192knox.

Amendment C192knox seeks to implement the objectives and strategies of the  Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 (revised 2021) into the Knox Planning Scheme.

This will be done through the application of local planning policies, zones and overlays.

Subject to receiving ministerial authorisation, the amendment and the strategy will be placed on public exhibition. This is likely to be in early 2022. At this time community views and feedback will be sought to further inform and refine the amendment and the strategy. 

Previous Council meetings

Find out more about the chronology of Council decisions for the Boronia Renewal Strategy.  See Council minutes for Council meetings:

  • 23 August 2021
  • 16 December 2019
  • 26 August 2019
  • 22 October 2018
  • 23 April 2018
  • 11 September 2017.

Related projects

Council is currently involved in other Boronia-based projects to support the Boronia Renewal Project.

257 Dorset Road

This site is currently vacant following the demolition of the Boronia Youth Hall.

The long-term use of the site has not yet been determined. In the meantime, the site is available to the public as a temporary open space.

We consulted with the local community on how the space can be used. Based on feedback, the following have been installed:

  • seating
  • planter boxes
  • plants.

The Boronia Renewal Strategy will provide more information about the future of this site once finalised.

Lupton Way

Council sought community feedback in early 2020 on a concept plan to inform the development of a detailed design for Lupton Way.

Council will implement the design to improve the accessibility of Lupton Way, so that the space is more inviting and pedestrian friendly.

Boronia Retail Precinct Crime Prevention Project

This project resulted in the purchase and installation of an upgraded CCTV system in Boronia. The CCTV system aims to deter crime, reduce graffiti and anti-social behaviour and improve the communities’ perception of safety.

The project was delivered in 2019.

Delivering a safer, more secure Boronia

In 2018, Council officers ran a community safety audit for areas near Boronia train station. This was a joint initiative with Victoria Police and the members of the community.

The aim was to discover where could be made safer with lighting and other potential solutions.

The project resulted in the installation of solar lighting and bollards, in particular along Orchid Ave and Tormore Reserve and the western side of the train station in 2019.

Commuter Car Park, Boronia

The Federal Government announced funding for Boronia in 2019 to increase the capacity of park and ride facilities.

This project is managed by the Victorian Level Crossing Removal Project under the Commuter Car Park Program.

Suburban Revitalisation Fund

In July 2020, the Victorian Government announced funding support to co-invest in Boronia works and upgrades.

Council will keep engaging with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to identify projects and works to benefit Boronia.

Big Move Project: Boronia Train Station Redevelopment Concept

Following feedback received during the Boronia Renewal Project, the draft Boronia Renewal Strategy 2019 identified the train station precinct redevelopment as crucial to helping deliver the vision of the Strategy. Feedback also identified the need for improvements and potential renewal of public assets within the train station precinct.

Council was successful in obtaining funding under the Streamlining for Growth fund in 2019 to prepare a concept plan for the train station precinct.  

Need help?

Lodge a request with Strategic Planning and we will get back to you.

Or call our City Futures team on 9298 8000.

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