Heidelberg Road Corridor - Local Area Plan and Built Form Framework

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Heidelberg Road forms the boundary between the City of Darebin (north side) and the City of Yarra (south side). Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council are working together to create an overarching strategic plan - the Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan or LAP. This plan will set a cohesive vision for the Heidelberg Road corridor, to guide future development and change.

What will the project address?

The redevelopment of the former Amcor Alphington Paper Mill (APM) site, at the south-east corner of the Chandler Highway and Heidelberg Road, will significantly change the Heidelberg Road corridor and the type of businesses and developments it attracts. We’re beginning to see this already with new development proposals being lodged for this section of Heidelberg Road.

Currently neither Darebin City Council nor Yarra City Council have specific guidelines for building design for Heidelberg Road. Both councils are working to establish the Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan, which will provide strategic direction guidelines for development along this corridor. Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council will also develop built form frameworks for the land on the side of the Heidelberg Road corridor in their jurisdiction.

Darebin City Council will also be reviewing the industrial land zoning along the northern side of Heidelberg Road to consider its suitability.

Project Information

Study Area

The study area for the LAP project covers both sides of Heidelberg Road, and extends from Merri Creek to Darebin Creek, focusing on both commercial and industrial zoned land.

Part 1: Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan (LAP)

The LAP will provide guidance to manage future growth and development change. This collaborative work between Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council will set out a preferred vision and a number of objectives relating to land use, built form, public realm, access to open space and transport matters.

The LAP will build on the earlier analysis and findings of the:

  • Darebin and Yarra Planning Schemes
  • Darebin Housing Strategy, revised 2015
  • Darebin Economic Land Use Strategy, 2014
  • Darebin Creative and Cultural Infrastructure Framework and Implementation Plan 2018
  • Housing Strategy, Yarra City Council 2018
  • Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan, May 2016
  • Yarra Spatial, Economic and Employment Strategy 2018


Part 2: Developing a Built Form Framework

Alongside the Heidelberg Road Corridor LAP, Darebin City Council will prepare a Built Form Framework for the Commercial 1 Zone, and Industrial 3 Zone land, which will form the basis of future planning controls. This Framework will provide guidance for building heights and forms. The draft guidance will be complete in the second half of 2020, and will form the basis of future planning controls.


Stay informed

If you have any questions please contact Julia Williams, julia.williams@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8324

Heidelberg Road forms the boundary between the City of Darebin (north side) and the City of Yarra (south side). Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council are working together to create an overarching strategic plan - the Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan or LAP. This plan will set a cohesive vision for the Heidelberg Road corridor, to guide future development and change.

What will the project address?

The redevelopment of the former Amcor Alphington Paper Mill (APM) site, at the south-east corner of the Chandler Highway and Heidelberg Road, will significantly change the Heidelberg Road corridor and the type of businesses and developments it attracts. We’re beginning to see this already with new development proposals being lodged for this section of Heidelberg Road.

Currently neither Darebin City Council nor Yarra City Council have specific guidelines for building design for Heidelberg Road. Both councils are working to establish the Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan, which will provide strategic direction guidelines for development along this corridor. Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council will also develop built form frameworks for the land on the side of the Heidelberg Road corridor in their jurisdiction.

Darebin City Council will also be reviewing the industrial land zoning along the northern side of Heidelberg Road to consider its suitability.

Project Information

Study Area

The study area for the LAP project covers both sides of Heidelberg Road, and extends from Merri Creek to Darebin Creek, focusing on both commercial and industrial zoned land.

Part 1: Heidelberg Road Local Area Plan (LAP)

The LAP will provide guidance to manage future growth and development change. This collaborative work between Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council will set out a preferred vision and a number of objectives relating to land use, built form, public realm, access to open space and transport matters.

The LAP will build on the earlier analysis and findings of the:

  • Darebin and Yarra Planning Schemes
  • Darebin Housing Strategy, revised 2015
  • Darebin Economic Land Use Strategy, 2014
  • Darebin Creative and Cultural Infrastructure Framework and Implementation Plan 2018
  • Housing Strategy, Yarra City Council 2018
  • Alphington Paper Mill Development Plan, May 2016
  • Yarra Spatial, Economic and Employment Strategy 2018


Part 2: Developing a Built Form Framework

Alongside the Heidelberg Road Corridor LAP, Darebin City Council will prepare a Built Form Framework for the Commercial 1 Zone, and Industrial 3 Zone land, which will form the basis of future planning controls. This Framework will provide guidance for building heights and forms. The draft guidance will be complete in the second half of 2020, and will form the basis of future planning controls.


Stay informed

If you have any questions please contact Julia Williams, julia.williams@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8324