A new suburb in Preston East - Northland Urban Renewal Precinct Completed Projects


Below you will find a short description of the most relevant projects in relation to the urban renewal precinct in Preston East.


For detailed reports and documents please follow the links. Some projects are still being refined (i.e. awaiting outcomes of the community engagement commencing in April 2018) and not 100% complete.


NURP Street Network Strategy

The NURP Street Network Strategy proposes a new street network and street designs to show the way forward in how to transition the precinct towards a vibrant, dense urban place. The proposed street network is designed to increase key street frontages that are fit for more mixed use developments, that create a higher accessibility for walking and cycling within the precinct and show how to achieve a better, more sustainable balance between walking, cycling, public transport and vehicle traffic.


A Vision for a New Suburb in Preston East – Community Consultation May 2018

We ran a number of activities in May 2018 to gain your ideas on how to develop the future vision and aspired outcomes for the precinct, as well as the TW Blake Park Concept Plan draft. The activities included pop-up sessions, as well as the online survey and ‘ideas hack’. You can see the concepts presented during the consultation sessions in the Document Library section of the main website. The feedback we received on our approach to developing the precinct was very positive. The information we gathered from these engagement activities will be used to guide future background projects and drafting of the Structure Plan. Once the Engagement Findings Report is taken to a formal Council Meeting, the details of the report will be released to the public.


Background Issues and Discussion Paper 2013

The Background Issues and Discussion Paper brings together early findings of research, consultation and specialist reports on the urban renewal precinct in Preston East to identify the key issues the Structure Plan needs to address to unlock the potential of the area. This paper forms part of the foundation for further background work to successfully guide the long term transformation of the precinct.


Enquiry by Design workshop/2014 Draft Concept Plan

Following on from the Background Issues and Discussion Paper, an Enquiry by Design (EBD) workshop was undertaken as an effort to discuss key issues of the urban renewal precinct in Preston East and to provide possible solutions via a design exercise. The group consisted of approximately 40-50 people and included landowners, business operators, Banyule and Darebin Council Staff and Councillors, some Community Groups (i.e. Darebin Creek Management Committee) and various State Government Departments.

The EBD had a world café format, meaning people moved around all tables to be able to provide input to all main topics:

  • Accessibility and transport

  • Amenity, open space & safety

  • Land use and employment

  • Diversity and sustainability

  • Urban design and built form

The results from each table were collated and formed the basis for the preliminary concept plan 2014. This plan is not seen as an end-point but is used as a basis to continue discussing and investigating issues and future opportunities for the urban renewal precinct in Preston East.


Northland Integrated Water Cycle Management Scheme Study

The joint Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) study for the Preston East Renewal Precinct undertaken by Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water and Darebin City Council was finalised in March 2014. The study investigated the best concept design framework to achieve an integrated approach between water cycle management and the anticipated redevelopment of the renewal precinct. It recommended different measures to reuse and clean stormwater and to reduce negative flooding impacts on the area and the Darebin Creek. Targets were developed to set out what future development in the renewal precinct needs to achieve. The outcomes will be used in a future structure plan.


Design and Costing for Water Sensitive Urban Design at TW Blake Park

This project acts on findings of the Northland Water Cycle Management Scheme Study and the TW Blake Concept Plan draft (final concept plan will be consulted on in April/May 2018, see ongoing projects page). A number of stormwater management and sustainability issues will be addressed through implementation of the new system – improvements to flood mitigation for the surrounding area, reductions in litter and untreated stormwater flowing into Darebin Creek, and harvesting of water for irrigation of sports fields and toilet flushing. Current and future users of the park will also have vastly improved amenity resulting from the new small swales, paths, landscaping and planting of trees and vegetation. Preliminary designs and costing for the stormwater management system completed in August 2017.


Urban Design and Environment Performance Modelling Report

To develop a structure plan that supports the sustainable transformation of the urban renewal precinct in Preston East, Urban Design and Environmental Performance Modelling (UDEPM) was undertaken to test, compare and evaluate different draft built form controls for different types of streets and building types. The aim was to gain an understanding of what combination of road widths, building separation and building type is likely needed to achieve the most sustainable outcome at a precinct scale. The findings will be used in a future structure plan and built form requirements, i.e. a design code.


University of Melbourne Health Impact Assessments

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


Public Realm Strategy draft report

This project is an important piece of work for the urban renewal precinct in Preston East. The Public Realm Strategy discusses the current status of streetscapes and public places in the renewal precinct and recommends creating a finer-grain network of public places and open space. Streets are to be seen and designed as social places where people meet, walk around in and exchange and express cultural and economic activity. It discusses the different roles of different types of places that are needed to transform the renewal precinct and help create an identity. These are a major park (TW Blake Park), town square, main road, connectors, smaller pocket parks and places (public and private), and the Darebin Creek. It is anticipated that the Strategy will be revised to include community feedback after June 2018. Further revisions over the next 6 months are likely. We are about to complete the draft report and will upload to this site when completed.


Transport and Movement Strategy Draft

The Transport and Movement Strategy draft identifies existing transport conditions, likely transport demands and applies this to the existing road network. Based on this the strategy recommends a forward-thinking approach that shifts the renewal precinct towards a car-poor precinct where walking, cycling and public transport are prioritised and car-dependency is reduced over time.


Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft

At present, the urban renewal precinct is characterised by a high dependency on private vehicles for retail shopping and commuters travelling to work in the industrial area. The Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft explores the current and future approaches to parking management and suggests how to manage this transition and plan for change. It considers that a mixture of car sharing, electric and autonomous vehicles, new parking management technologies and introduction of centralised parking hubs can support sustainable transport outcomes.


Light Rail Pre-Feasibility

This report investigates the potential feasibility of a new light rail connection serving the urban renewal precinct in Preston East, West Heidelberg and La Trobe University. It identifies likely costs, benefits and timing of the project. Further work is required to investigate the aspects of benefits and timing and once more is known, the information can be made public.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 8470 8768 or email Strategic.Planning@darebin.vic.gov.au


Acknowledgement

Darebin City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past and present.





Below you will find a short description of the most relevant projects in relation to the urban renewal precinct in Preston East.


For detailed reports and documents please follow the links. Some projects are still being refined (i.e. awaiting outcomes of the community engagement commencing in April 2018) and not 100% complete.


NURP Street Network Strategy

The NURP Street Network Strategy proposes a new street network and street designs to show the way forward in how to transition the precinct towards a vibrant, dense urban place. The proposed street network is designed to increase key street frontages that are fit for more mixed use developments, that create a higher accessibility for walking and cycling within the precinct and show how to achieve a better, more sustainable balance between walking, cycling, public transport and vehicle traffic.


A Vision for a New Suburb in Preston East – Community Consultation May 2018

We ran a number of activities in May 2018 to gain your ideas on how to develop the future vision and aspired outcomes for the precinct, as well as the TW Blake Park Concept Plan draft. The activities included pop-up sessions, as well as the online survey and ‘ideas hack’. You can see the concepts presented during the consultation sessions in the Document Library section of the main website. The feedback we received on our approach to developing the precinct was very positive. The information we gathered from these engagement activities will be used to guide future background projects and drafting of the Structure Plan. Once the Engagement Findings Report is taken to a formal Council Meeting, the details of the report will be released to the public.


Background Issues and Discussion Paper 2013

The Background Issues and Discussion Paper brings together early findings of research, consultation and specialist reports on the urban renewal precinct in Preston East to identify the key issues the Structure Plan needs to address to unlock the potential of the area. This paper forms part of the foundation for further background work to successfully guide the long term transformation of the precinct.


Enquiry by Design workshop/2014 Draft Concept Plan

Following on from the Background Issues and Discussion Paper, an Enquiry by Design (EBD) workshop was undertaken as an effort to discuss key issues of the urban renewal precinct in Preston East and to provide possible solutions via a design exercise. The group consisted of approximately 40-50 people and included landowners, business operators, Banyule and Darebin Council Staff and Councillors, some Community Groups (i.e. Darebin Creek Management Committee) and various State Government Departments.

The EBD had a world café format, meaning people moved around all tables to be able to provide input to all main topics:

  • Accessibility and transport

  • Amenity, open space & safety

  • Land use and employment

  • Diversity and sustainability

  • Urban design and built form

The results from each table were collated and formed the basis for the preliminary concept plan 2014. This plan is not seen as an end-point but is used as a basis to continue discussing and investigating issues and future opportunities for the urban renewal precinct in Preston East.


Northland Integrated Water Cycle Management Scheme Study

The joint Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) study for the Preston East Renewal Precinct undertaken by Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne Water and Darebin City Council was finalised in March 2014. The study investigated the best concept design framework to achieve an integrated approach between water cycle management and the anticipated redevelopment of the renewal precinct. It recommended different measures to reuse and clean stormwater and to reduce negative flooding impacts on the area and the Darebin Creek. Targets were developed to set out what future development in the renewal precinct needs to achieve. The outcomes will be used in a future structure plan.


Design and Costing for Water Sensitive Urban Design at TW Blake Park

This project acts on findings of the Northland Water Cycle Management Scheme Study and the TW Blake Concept Plan draft (final concept plan will be consulted on in April/May 2018, see ongoing projects page). A number of stormwater management and sustainability issues will be addressed through implementation of the new system – improvements to flood mitigation for the surrounding area, reductions in litter and untreated stormwater flowing into Darebin Creek, and harvesting of water for irrigation of sports fields and toilet flushing. Current and future users of the park will also have vastly improved amenity resulting from the new small swales, paths, landscaping and planting of trees and vegetation. Preliminary designs and costing for the stormwater management system completed in August 2017.


Urban Design and Environment Performance Modelling Report

To develop a structure plan that supports the sustainable transformation of the urban renewal precinct in Preston East, Urban Design and Environmental Performance Modelling (UDEPM) was undertaken to test, compare and evaluate different draft built form controls for different types of streets and building types. The aim was to gain an understanding of what combination of road widths, building separation and building type is likely needed to achieve the most sustainable outcome at a precinct scale. The findings will be used in a future structure plan and built form requirements, i.e. a design code.


University of Melbourne Health Impact Assessments

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


Public Realm Strategy draft report

This project is an important piece of work for the urban renewal precinct in Preston East. The Public Realm Strategy discusses the current status of streetscapes and public places in the renewal precinct and recommends creating a finer-grain network of public places and open space. Streets are to be seen and designed as social places where people meet, walk around in and exchange and express cultural and economic activity. It discusses the different roles of different types of places that are needed to transform the renewal precinct and help create an identity. These are a major park (TW Blake Park), town square, main road, connectors, smaller pocket parks and places (public and private), and the Darebin Creek. It is anticipated that the Strategy will be revised to include community feedback after June 2018. Further revisions over the next 6 months are likely. We are about to complete the draft report and will upload to this site when completed.


Transport and Movement Strategy Draft

The Transport and Movement Strategy draft identifies existing transport conditions, likely transport demands and applies this to the existing road network. Based on this the strategy recommends a forward-thinking approach that shifts the renewal precinct towards a car-poor precinct where walking, cycling and public transport are prioritised and car-dependency is reduced over time.


Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft

At present, the urban renewal precinct is characterised by a high dependency on private vehicles for retail shopping and commuters travelling to work in the industrial area. The Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft explores the current and future approaches to parking management and suggests how to manage this transition and plan for change. It considers that a mixture of car sharing, electric and autonomous vehicles, new parking management technologies and introduction of centralised parking hubs can support sustainable transport outcomes.


Light Rail Pre-Feasibility

This report investigates the potential feasibility of a new light rail connection serving the urban renewal precinct in Preston East, West Heidelberg and La Trobe University. It identifies likely costs, benefits and timing of the project. Further work is required to investigate the aspects of benefits and timing and once more is known, the information can be made public.


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 8470 8768 or email Strategic.Planning@darebin.vic.gov.au


Acknowledgement

Darebin City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past and present.