A new suburb in Preston East - 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-focused 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.

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.


Working Vision

A business-as-usual approach to urban renewal would likely result in the dominance of residential development, loss of employment diversity and a significant increase in vehicle traffic in the long term. Darebin Council is committed to engaging our community to find solutions to future challenges and to improve the way we do things.

Council has developed a working vision and a set of general principles that can provide a road map for how the NURP could change:

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct, a place where:

People, their expression of creativity, diverse cultural identity, sharing of knowledge and their health and wellbeing is at the forefront of all considerations in shaping our new urban neighbourhood.

The focus is set on creating sustainable, connected and active places for people.

To assist us in creating a set of guiding principles for the NURP, we utilised 3 frameworks:

In essence these three frameworks break with conventional planning practices, and puts people and the community at the starting point of all design considerations.

Additionally, NURP seeks to achieve 5 strategic outcomes based around:

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. The information sheets presented to the OVGA can be found in the document library.

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.

Structure Plan update

A draft Structure Plan has been written and will go to Council likely at the beginning of 2019. Community consultation on the plan will most likely commence around mid 2019.

Creative Industries Strategy update

The Creative Industries Strategy investigated a changing economy and recognised the emerging role of creative industries as an employment sector. The strategy recommends a designated precinct that tags on to the uses already occurring south of Bell Street, to attract and strengthen the sector in the renewal precinct.


Stay informed:

You can continue to access information here about completed projects and current/ongoing projects.


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


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.

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct will transform an area of low density industrial sites into a well-connected, people-focused 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.

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.


Working Vision

A business-as-usual approach to urban renewal would likely result in the dominance of residential development, loss of employment diversity and a significant increase in vehicle traffic in the long term. Darebin Council is committed to engaging our community to find solutions to future challenges and to improve the way we do things.

Council has developed a working vision and a set of general principles that can provide a road map for how the NURP could change:

The Northland Urban Renewal Precinct, a place where:

People, their expression of creativity, diverse cultural identity, sharing of knowledge and their health and wellbeing is at the forefront of all considerations in shaping our new urban neighbourhood.

The focus is set on creating sustainable, connected and active places for people.

To assist us in creating a set of guiding principles for the NURP, we utilised 3 frameworks:

In essence these three frameworks break with conventional planning practices, and puts people and the community at the starting point of all design considerations.

Additionally, NURP seeks to achieve 5 strategic outcomes based around:

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. The information sheets presented to the OVGA can be found in the document library.

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.

Structure Plan update

A draft Structure Plan has been written and will go to Council likely at the beginning of 2019. Community consultation on the plan will most likely commence around mid 2019.

Creative Industries Strategy update

The Creative Industries Strategy investigated a changing economy and recognised the emerging role of creative industries as an employment sector. The strategy recommends a designated precinct that tags on to the uses already occurring south of Bell Street, to attract and strengthen the sector in the renewal precinct.


Stay informed:

You can continue to access information here about completed projects and current/ongoing projects.


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


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.

  • Creative Industries Strategy completed.

    5 days ago

    The Creative Industries Strategy investigated a changing economy and recognised the emerging role of creative industries as an employment sector. The strategy recommends a designated precinct that tags on to the uses already occurring south of Bell Street, to attract and strengthen the sector in the renewal precinct. To access the strategy, please click here.




    The Creative Industries Strategy investigated a changing economy and recognised the emerging role of creative industries as an employment sector. The strategy recommends a designated precinct that tags on to the uses already occurring south of Bell Street, to attract and strengthen the sector in the renewal precinct. To access the strategy, please click here.




  • Transport and Movement Strategy Draft and Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft

    27 days ago

    The Transport and Movement Strategy Draft and Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft have now been completed and both are able to be viewed here.


    The Transport and Movement Strategy Draft and Car Parking Discussion Paper Draft have now been completed and both are able to be viewed here.


  • NURP Street Network Strategy and Street Design Project

    about 2 months ago

    The NURP Street Network Strategy and Street Design Project is now complete and you can view it here.


    The NURP Street Network Strategy and Street Design Project is now complete and you can view it here.


  • Online surveys now closed

    6 months ago

    The Preston East and TW Blake surveys have now closed - thank you to all for your contributions.

    If you would still like to provide feedback, please send an email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au or contact us on (03) 8470 8768.



    The Preston East and TW Blake surveys have now closed - thank you to all for your contributions.

    If you would still like to provide feedback, please send an email to planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au or contact us on (03) 8470 8768.



  • New online survey available

    8 months ago

    We are looking for your comments and feedback on setting the vision for the proposed new suburb in Preston East.

    A survey is now available online for you provide your comments on as the vision and outcomes for the area. Your feedback will inform planning controls, advocacy work and developer contributions that will shape the new precinct into the future. A new suburb starts with a good park and we are asking for your feedback on the draft concept plan for TW Blake Park.

    To complete the survey, please click on this link .

    If you have any further questions...

    We are looking for your comments and feedback on setting the vision for the proposed new suburb in Preston East.

    A survey is now available online for you provide your comments on as the vision and outcomes for the area. Your feedback will inform planning controls, advocacy work and developer contributions that will shape the new precinct into the future. A new suburb starts with a good park and we are asking for your feedback on the draft concept plan for TW Blake Park.

    To complete the survey, please click on this link .

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


  • New Engagement Plan

    9 months ago

    The City Design & Strategic Planning Unit has prepared a new Engagement Plan for the renewal precinct in Preston East, building upon previous community consultation. The engagement plan was adopted by Council on 19 March 2018 and will allow to the community to work with Council in thinking about and discussing the future possibilities and vision for the precinct.

    As part of the engagement process, the website has been updated with new information about the project, including details about ongoing and completed projects related to the renewal precinct in Preston East. Further updates on the engagement process will be available...

    The City Design & Strategic Planning Unit has prepared a new Engagement Plan for the renewal precinct in Preston East, building upon previous community consultation. The engagement plan was adopted by Council on 19 March 2018 and will allow to the community to work with Council in thinking about and discussing the future possibilities and vision for the precinct.

    As part of the engagement process, the website has been updated with new information about the project, including details about ongoing and completed projects related to the renewal precinct in Preston East. Further updates on the engagement process will be available on the website within the next 2-3 weeks.

    Please contact us at StrategicPlanning@darebin.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 8470 8768 if you have any questions about the engagement process.


  • Latest NURP Steering Committee meeting

    12 months 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).

    over 1 year 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

    over 1 year 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

    almost 2 years 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.