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