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).

To protect the local amenity, Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council have developed the overarching draft Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan which sets strategic direction for the future of the corridor.

We have recently finished community consultation. Thank you for your input and we are now considering your feedback.


What has happened so far

Heidelberg Road is an established employment precinct.

Presently there are no particular design controls or height limits for new development on Heidelberg Road. This project seeks to implement planning provisions to guide future development and provide more certainty for the community and landowners.

The project includes the review of industrial land and the suitability of the zone when considering how to best support future jobs within the corridor.

Darebin Council has assessed the land currently zoned for industrial and commercial uses on the north side of Heidelberg Road and is considering planning options informed by these assessments.

The technical studies used to inform Council’s options and the Local Area Plan are available to read in the document section to the right of this page:


Proposed Planning Considerations

Council’s planning approach includes considering rezoning the existing industrial land to the Commercial 2 Zone and Commercial 3 Zone (one site only) to attract a wider range of jobs or alternatively, we could retain the current zoning.

In addition, building height limits, setbacks on commercial land, overshadowing controls and side and rear setbacks are proposed to be introduced. Council is also considering whether building heights should be discretionary or mandatory building height limits (mandatory height cannot be varied).

Seven properties have been identified as having local heritage significance, and a Heritage Overlay is being considered for those identified sites.

For an overview of the project you can:


What is happening now

Community consultation has now closed. We are now considering your feedback.


How to get involved

To find out more about the proposed considerations to the Heidelberg Road Corridor Planning project you can:

  • Contact us with your feedback/input via email or call us on 8470 8025
  • Subscribe to the right of this page to 'Stay Informed' and receive project updates


What is happening next

The next step is to consider all feedback received and prepare a summary report, which will be reported back to Council later in the year. The feedback received through this consultation will inform Council’s decision about future building, land use and heritage controls. If Council decides to proceed, these controls would be implemented through a Planning Scheme Amendment.

If Council decides to proceed, a future Planning Scheme Amendment would provide further opportunity for community input through a formal notification period.

Please subscribe (to the right of this page) for updates on the project.

For further information, please contact us at planning.services@darebin.vic.gov.au or call Strategic Planning on 8470 8025

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Heidelberg Road Corridor Project, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.


Yarra City Council Updates

Yarra City Council has developed planning provisions for the south side of Heidelberg Road, consist of a draft Design and Development Overlay (DDO18) and Heritage Overlays.

An interim planning scheme amendment, C272, was requested from the Planning Minister in February 2020. This intends to apply the planning provisions for a period of two years, whilst permanent planning controls are progressed. The request remains with the Minister at present. For updates on the progress of the south side of Heidelberg Road see Yarra City Council your say page at:

www.yoursayyarra.com.au/heidelbergroad






Heidelberg Road forms the boundary between the City of Darebin (north side) and the City of Yarra (south side).

To protect the local amenity, Darebin City Council and Yarra City Council have developed the overarching draft Heidelberg Road Corridor Local Area Plan which sets strategic direction for the future of the corridor.

We have recently finished community consultation. Thank you for your input and we are now considering your feedback.


What has happened so far

Heidelberg Road is an established employment precinct.

Presently there are no particular design controls or height limits for new development on Heidelberg Road. This project seeks to implement planning provisions to guide future development and provide more certainty for the community and landowners.

The project includes the review of industrial land and the suitability of the zone when considering how to best support future jobs within the corridor.

Darebin Council has assessed the land currently zoned for industrial and commercial uses on the north side of Heidelberg Road and is considering planning options informed by these assessments.

The technical studies used to inform Council’s options and the Local Area Plan are available to read in the document section to the right of this page:


Proposed Planning Considerations

Council’s planning approach includes considering rezoning the existing industrial land to the Commercial 2 Zone and Commercial 3 Zone (one site only) to attract a wider range of jobs or alternatively, we could retain the current zoning.

In addition, building height limits, setbacks on commercial land, overshadowing controls and side and rear setbacks are proposed to be introduced. Council is also considering whether building heights should be discretionary or mandatory building height limits (mandatory height cannot be varied).

Seven properties have been identified as having local heritage significance, and a Heritage Overlay is being considered for those identified sites.

For an overview of the project you can:


What is happening now

Community consultation has now closed. We are now considering your feedback.


How to get involved

To find out more about the proposed considerations to the Heidelberg Road Corridor Planning project you can:

  • Contact us with your feedback/input via email or call us on 8470 8025
  • Subscribe to the right of this page to 'Stay Informed' and receive project updates


What is happening next

The next step is to consider all feedback received and prepare a summary report, which will be reported back to Council later in the year. The feedback received through this consultation will inform Council’s decision about future building, land use and heritage controls. If Council decides to proceed, these controls would be implemented through a Planning Scheme Amendment.

If Council decides to proceed, a future Planning Scheme Amendment would provide further opportunity for community input through a formal notification period.

Please subscribe (to the right of this page) for updates on the project.

For further information, please contact us at planning.services@darebin.vic.gov.au or call Strategic Planning on 8470 8025

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the Heidelberg Road Corridor Project, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.


Yarra City Council Updates

Yarra City Council has developed planning provisions for the south side of Heidelberg Road, consist of a draft Design and Development Overlay (DDO18) and Heritage Overlays.

An interim planning scheme amendment, C272, was requested from the Planning Minister in February 2020. This intends to apply the planning provisions for a period of two years, whilst permanent planning controls are progressed. The request remains with the Minister at present. For updates on the progress of the south side of Heidelberg Road see Yarra City Council your say page at:

www.yoursayyarra.com.au/heidelbergroad