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Northland Urban Renewal Precinct

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The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct will transform an area of low density industrial sites into a well-connected, people-focussed group of urban neighbourhoods that support sustainable urban living.

Context

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is located in East Preston, and is generally bounded by Albert Street, Bell Street, Murray Road and the Darebin Creek to the east.

In a regional context the area is part of the La Trobe National Employment Cluster, an area of high concentration of jobs as identified in the Metropolitan Planning Strategy, Plan Melbourne.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is currently developing a high level framework to guide the region's way forward. Further information about the work of the VPA can be found here. To find specific information about the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster, please click here.

Working Vision

Council is completing a number of foundation projects that will support a Structure Plan and Renewal Strategy that guides changes in the Precinct. These documents spell out a clear direction for the complete make-over of the existing area in the long-term. First signs of this change may start occurring within the next 5 years.

The current working vision:

Northland, East Preston is:

An inclusive place for people to gather and exchange, a place that attracts people by the diversity and the choices it offers.

Harnessing local and global knowledge to create, innovate and learn while supporting health and wellbeing.

A sustainable place that connects people with each other, with new opportunities, and with the environment around it.

The Vision will be rolled out over a long period and there are many stakeholders.

This renewal project has hundreds of smaller components and multiple government agencies involved apart from Council, the community and the private sector.

The challenge for Council is to find solutions to the many complex issues in a way that is inclusive and allows everyone to participate and contribute their ideas.

A multi-framework approach that draws on the:

  • One Planet Framework;
  • Transit-Oriented Development / Placemaking; and
  • Human-Centered Design

is being taken to prepare the implementation plan and a set of guiding principles.

In essence these three frameworks break with business-as-usual planning practices to put people and the community at the starting point of all design considerations.

Using these approaches to guide the transformation process, Council’s leadership role will ensure local communities have lots of opportunities to contribute and identify how benefits can be generated.

Changes in East Preston

Economies nationally and regionally are undergoing significant change, and the local Darebin economy in the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is no exception. Darebin is experiencing a shift in the nature of businesses and the types of jobs found locally. This change process is seeing the downsizing of large industrial sites and the movement of large industries outward towards easier freight connections.

Recent demographic forecasts indicate this area will experience significant population growth over the next 15-20 years. The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct has been identified to take a large share of this growth in the coming decades. This trend offers Council the opportunity to set a vision to shape the future redevelopment and create urban neighbourhoods that are strongly connected and easy to walk around.

Once Foundation Phase projects and other background studies are complete, Council is committed to sharing information with the community and seeking more ideas and views to help shape the future of NURP.

Currently, the various strategies proposed to achieve the Vision are grouped into five outcome themes:

The three frameworks and how to achieve the five outcome themes was presented to the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA). The OVGA was very supportive in its report and endorsed Council's approach.

Have a Question?

Phone Strategic Planning: 8470 8768

Send an email to: planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au

Use the 'Ask A Question' Form on this website






The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct will transform an area of low density industrial sites into a well-connected, people-focussed group of urban neighbourhoods that support sustainable urban living.

Context

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is located in East Preston, and is generally bounded by Albert Street, Bell Street, Murray Road and the Darebin Creek to the east.

In a regional context the area is part of the La Trobe National Employment Cluster, an area of high concentration of jobs as identified in the Metropolitan Planning Strategy, Plan Melbourne.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is currently developing a high level framework to guide the region's way forward. Further information about the work of the VPA can be found here. To find specific information about the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster, please click here.

Working Vision

Council is completing a number of foundation projects that will support a Structure Plan and Renewal Strategy that guides changes in the Precinct. These documents spell out a clear direction for the complete make-over of the existing area in the long-term. First signs of this change may start occurring within the next 5 years.

The current working vision:

Northland, East Preston is:

An inclusive place for people to gather and exchange, a place that attracts people by the diversity and the choices it offers.

Harnessing local and global knowledge to create, innovate and learn while supporting health and wellbeing.

A sustainable place that connects people with each other, with new opportunities, and with the environment around it.

The Vision will be rolled out over a long period and there are many stakeholders.

This renewal project has hundreds of smaller components and multiple government agencies involved apart from Council, the community and the private sector.

The challenge for Council is to find solutions to the many complex issues in a way that is inclusive and allows everyone to participate and contribute their ideas.

A multi-framework approach that draws on the:

  • One Planet Framework;
  • Transit-Oriented Development / Placemaking; and
  • Human-Centered Design

is being taken to prepare the implementation plan and a set of guiding principles.

In essence these three frameworks break with business-as-usual planning practices to put people and the community at the starting point of all design considerations.

Using these approaches to guide the transformation process, Council’s leadership role will ensure local communities have lots of opportunities to contribute and identify how benefits can be generated.

Changes in East Preston

Economies nationally and regionally are undergoing significant change, and the local Darebin economy in the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct (NURP) is no exception. Darebin is experiencing a shift in the nature of businesses and the types of jobs found locally. This change process is seeing the downsizing of large industrial sites and the movement of large industries outward towards easier freight connections.

Recent demographic forecasts indicate this area will experience significant population growth over the next 15-20 years. The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct has been identified to take a large share of this growth in the coming decades. This trend offers Council the opportunity to set a vision to shape the future redevelopment and create urban neighbourhoods that are strongly connected and easy to walk around.

Once Foundation Phase projects and other background studies are complete, Council is committed to sharing information with the community and seeking more ideas and views to help shape the future of NURP.

Currently, the various strategies proposed to achieve the Vision are grouped into five outcome themes:

The three frameworks and how to achieve the five outcome themes was presented to the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA). The OVGA was very supportive in its report and endorsed Council's approach.

Have a Question?

Phone Strategic Planning: 8470 8768

Send an email to: planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au

Use the 'Ask A Question' Form on this website






  • Latest NURP Steering Committee meeting

    27 days ago

    The NURP Steering Committee met on the 16 November 2017.

    At the meeting, the committee was provided with a chronology of the NURP project from its inception to date and an outline summarising all past community consultation exercises and outcomes for the NURP area. The committee was informed the NURP precinct boundary had changed three times since the project was initiated and that a range of exciting foundation projects had now commenced and or were reaching a mature level of completion as priorities. These projects include the Public Realm Strategy and the Transport and Movement Plan amongst others.

    The committee...

    The NURP Steering Committee met on the 16 November 2017.

    At the meeting, the committee was provided with a chronology of the NURP project from its inception to date and an outline summarising all past community consultation exercises and outcomes for the NURP area. The committee was informed the NURP precinct boundary had changed three times since the project was initiated and that a range of exciting foundation projects had now commenced and or were reaching a mature level of completion as priorities. These projects include the Public Realm Strategy and the Transport and Movement Plan amongst others.

    The committee considered options for a future consultation refresh before asking officers to develop an updated consultation and engagement plan. The committee requested the new plan respect all past consultation outcomes but also suggested it provide a new platform for refreshing the Vision for the NURP area prior to developing a new strategic framework and structure plan.

    A presentation was also given at the meeting on T.W. Blake Park Concept Plan and the committee briefly discussed possible options for how the open space could be best utilised. Please click here for the meeting minutes. Click here to access the Committee briefing presentation. Click here to access the T.W. Blake presentation.

    If you have any questions, please contact us on 8470 8768 or send an email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au
  • Northland Urban Renewal Precinct article in Darebin Community News, July/August 2017 edition (Cazaly Ward).

    6 months ago

    NURP has been featured in the July/August 2017 edition of Darebin Community News (Cazaly Ward) – the article can be found on page 3.

    If you’d like to be kept up to date about the long term changes proposed for the area, please register your interest at YourSayDarebin.com.au or call 8470 8768.



    NURP has been featured in the July/August 2017 edition of Darebin Community News (Cazaly Ward) – the article can be found on page 3.

    If you’d like to be kept up to date about the long term changes proposed for the area, please register your interest at YourSayDarebin.com.au or call 8470 8768.



  • LTNEIC Draft Framework

    10 months ago

    The VPA has released the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster Draft Framework plan.

    Details about the LTNEIC Draft Framework plan can be found here.

    The draft plan can be downloaded from here.

    A public drop-in information session will be conducted on Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Preston Town Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston. This will include a short presentation commencing at 5.45pm and opportunity for people to discuss the plan with officers directly.

    This follows the launch of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050.


    The VPA has released the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster Draft Framework plan.

    Details about the LTNEIC Draft Framework plan can be found here.

    The draft plan can be downloaded from here.

    A public drop-in information session will be conducted on Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Preston Town Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston. This will include a short presentation commencing at 5.45pm and opportunity for people to discuss the plan with officers directly.

    This follows the launch of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050.


  • University of Melbourne Health Impact Assessments

    12 months ago

    Late in 2016, University of Melbourne Health students enrolled in the Masters program undertook a series of Health Impact Assessments at the T.W. Blake Reserve as part of their studies. The results and recommendations from these studies are available in the Document Library section of the NURP website. Council is looking into the feasibility of incorporating some of these recommendations into the NURP design process.


    Late in 2016, University of Melbourne Health students enrolled in the Masters program undertook a series of Health Impact Assessments at the T.W. Blake Reserve as part of their studies. The results and recommendations from these studies are available in the Document Library section of the NURP website. Council is looking into the feasibility of incorporating some of these recommendations into the NURP design process.


  • Draft Olympic Park Master Plan

    about 1 year ago

    A master plan is being prepared by the City of Banyule to look at Olympic Park as it stands to:

    • identify the key issues and challenges limiting its use and development;
    • provide a vision to enable Council to plan for it’s future improvement.

    The City of Banyule is looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how the master plan has been put together. Please click here to provide your feedback. Feedback on the draft plan closes Wednesday 7th December 2016.


    A master plan is being prepared by the City of Banyule to look at Olympic Park as it stands to:

    • identify the key issues and challenges limiting its use and development;
    • provide a vision to enable Council to plan for it’s future improvement.

    The City of Banyule is looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how the master plan has been put together. Please click here to provide your feedback. Feedback on the draft plan closes Wednesday 7th December 2016.


  • NURP Reports

    about 1 year ago

    A number of reports have been completed on the strategies that inform NURP. These will be presented to the next NURP Steering Committee on the 15 December 2016 and will become available for public viewing on the NURP Yoursay site soon after.


    A number of reports have been completed on the strategies that inform NURP. These will be presented to the next NURP Steering Committee on the 15 December 2016 and will become available for public viewing on the NURP Yoursay site soon after.


  • Northland Urban Renewal Precinct

    over 1 year ago

    The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct will transform an area of low density industrial sites into a well-connected, people-focused compact neighbourhood that models sustainable urban living.

    Council is seeking community involvement and feedback into helping us develop the plans and strategies for NURP.


    The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct will transform an area of low density industrial sites into a well-connected, people-focused compact neighbourhood that models sustainable urban living.

    Council is seeking community involvement and feedback into helping us develop the plans and strategies for NURP.