Our Fairfield Village

Council is planning for the future of Fairfield Village, including how we can enhance public spaces, manage development and respond to transport pressures.

Community involvement in this project is vital to ensure improvements maintain the valued local village feel of the area, while revitalising and upgrading vital services and infrastructure to position Fairfield Village for long term, sustainable success.

Your feedback is helping us to create planning controls for development, local transport solutions and a streetscape masterplan. Projects are proposed for implementation over the next three years.

Changes to Fairfield parking restrictions - feedback now closed

Following concerns from local businesses and the community about parking issues in Fairfield Village, Council carried out parking demand surveys and has developed a draft parking plan. The plan will make it easier to get a park in the shopping area and help us manage parking to balance the needs of businesses, residents and visitors.

Feedback on the changes has now closed. Thanks to all who participated in the consultation. We are now reviewing all feedback to determine if changes to the draft plan need to be made. If you provided feedback or asked to be kept informed, we will let you know about the outcomes. We are expecting to have new parking arrangements in place soon after this July.

Planning Scheme Amendment C161 - public exhibition and submissions now closed

Thanks to all who participated in the public exhibition and submissions process for Amendment C161. Council will consider all submissions at a Council meeting in the near future, including whether to refer any submissions to an independent planning panel. Keep an eye on this page for further updates. All submitters will be directly contacted about next steps.

Amendment C161 proposes planning scheme changes to protect places of local heritage significance and set clear requirements for appropriate higher density development. The new planning controls, which include Design and Development and Heritage Overlays, are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017.

Streetscape Masterplan status

The development of the Streetscape Masterplan is progressing. We are continuing our conversations with the Community Reference Group and other stakeholders to develop the draft plan. Future announcements will be posted on this website.

Council is planning for the future of Fairfield Village, including how we can enhance public spaces, manage development and respond to transport pressures.

Community involvement in this project is vital to ensure improvements maintain the valued local village feel of the area, while revitalising and upgrading vital services and infrastructure to position Fairfield Village for long term, sustainable success.

Your feedback is helping us to create planning controls for development, local transport solutions and a streetscape masterplan. Projects are proposed for implementation over the next three years.

Changes to Fairfield parking restrictions - feedback now closed

Following concerns from local businesses and the community about parking issues in Fairfield Village, Council carried out parking demand surveys and has developed a draft parking plan. The plan will make it easier to get a park in the shopping area and help us manage parking to balance the needs of businesses, residents and visitors.

Feedback on the changes has now closed. Thanks to all who participated in the consultation. We are now reviewing all feedback to determine if changes to the draft plan need to be made. If you provided feedback or asked to be kept informed, we will let you know about the outcomes. We are expecting to have new parking arrangements in place soon after this July.

Planning Scheme Amendment C161 - public exhibition and submissions now closed

Thanks to all who participated in the public exhibition and submissions process for Amendment C161. Council will consider all submissions at a Council meeting in the near future, including whether to refer any submissions to an independent planning panel. Keep an eye on this page for further updates. All submitters will be directly contacted about next steps.

Amendment C161 proposes planning scheme changes to protect places of local heritage significance and set clear requirements for appropriate higher density development. The new planning controls, which include Design and Development and Heritage Overlays, are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017.

Streetscape Masterplan status

The development of the Streetscape Masterplan is progressing. We are continuing our conversations with the Community Reference Group and other stakeholders to develop the draft plan. Future announcements will be posted on this website.

  • Fairfield Village Amendment C161 on exhibition

    2 months ago

    Council is changing the planning scheme in Fairfield Village to project local heritage and set requirements for appropriate development. Amendment C161 is now on public exhibition and submissions are invited.

    The new planning controls include Design and Development and Heritage Overlays. These are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017 and which the community helped shape.

    See www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/our-fairfield for all details.

    Submissions on Amendment C161 close Monday 18 June 2018.

    Council is changing the planning scheme in Fairfield Village to project local heritage and set requirements for appropriate development. Amendment C161 is now on public exhibition and submissions are invited.

    The new planning controls include Design and Development and Heritage Overlays. These are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017 and which the community helped shape.

    See www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/our-fairfield for all details.

    Submissions on Amendment C161 close Monday 18 June 2018.

  • Have your say on the proposed changes to Fairfield parking arrangements!

    2 months ago

    We want to hear your feedback on plans to modify car parking restrictions in and around Fairfield Village.

    You can attend one of two ‘drop in’ feedback and information sessions (No RSVP required):

    Venue: Mamma Says Cafe, 120 Station Street, Fairfield

    Date: Wednesday 23 May and 30 May 2018

    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    You can also ask questions and provide feedback by emailing transport@darebin.vic.gov.au; or calling 8470 8482. Please provide any feedback by Monday 4 June 2018.




    We want to hear your feedback on plans to modify car parking restrictions in and around Fairfield Village.

    You can attend one of two ‘drop in’ feedback and information sessions (No RSVP required):

    Venue: Mamma Says Cafe, 120 Station Street, Fairfield

    Date: Wednesday 23 May and 30 May 2018

    Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    You can also ask questions and provide feedback by emailing transport@darebin.vic.gov.au; or calling 8470 8482. Please provide any feedback by Monday 4 June 2018.




  • Planning Controls for Fairfield Village

    4 months ago
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    Planning controls are on their way for Fairfield Village, with Darebin Council endorsing Amendment C161 to the Darebin Planning Scheme at its meeting on 19 March 2018.

    Council officers have now lodged the proposed Amendment for authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start a planning scheme amendment process.

    Amendment C161 proposes to introduce a Design and Development Overlay and Heritage Overlay controls into Fairfield Village to protect places of local heritage significance and set clear requirements for appropriate higher density development, including mandatory 4-5 storey height limits. These controls are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017.

    Minutes from the Council meeting, and copies of the draft Amendment documents being submitted for authorisation, are available to view on Council's main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au.

    A public exhibition and submissions process for Amendment C161 is expected to start in early May, subject to authorisation being granted.

    Keep an eye on this project website for announcements and more information about Amendment C161.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call the Strategic Planning Unit on 8470 8768.

    Planning controls are on their way for Fairfield Village, with Darebin Council endorsing Amendment C161 to the Darebin Planning Scheme at its meeting on 19 March 2018.

    Council officers have now lodged the proposed Amendment for authorisation from the Minister for Planning to start a planning scheme amendment process.

    Amendment C161 proposes to introduce a Design and Development Overlay and Heritage Overlay controls into Fairfield Village to protect places of local heritage significance and set clear requirements for appropriate higher density development, including mandatory 4-5 storey height limits. These controls are based on the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which were adopted by Council in December 2017.

    Minutes from the Council meeting, and copies of the draft Amendment documents being submitted for authorisation, are available to view on Council's main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au.

    A public exhibition and submissions process for Amendment C161 is expected to start in early May, subject to authorisation being granted.

    Keep an eye on this project website for announcements and more information about Amendment C161.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call the Strategic Planning Unit on 8470 8768.

  • Council adopts new Built Form Guidelines and Heritage proposals for Fairfield Village

    7 months ago
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    At its meeting on 18 December 2017, Darebin Council reached a key milestone in setting clear directions for appropriate development in Fairfield Village by resolving to adopt the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines 2017 and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment 2017.

    Council's decision paves the way for Council officers to translate these policy documents into new Darebin Planning Scheme built form and heritage controls. These controls will ensure adequate balance between the history and character of Fairfield Village is maintained in a way that allows for new developments to be introduced respectfully while allowing for growth.

    Minutes from the Council meeting are available to view on Council's main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au.

    Download the adopted documents from the Document Library.

    A formal planning scheme amendment process to implement the new controls is expected to commence in March 2018. This process will include a public exhibition period and people will again have the opportunity to comment via a formal submission process.

    Keep an eye on this project website for further updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8768.

    At its meeting on 18 December 2017, Darebin Council reached a key milestone in setting clear directions for appropriate development in Fairfield Village by resolving to adopt the Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines 2017 and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment 2017.

    Council's decision paves the way for Council officers to translate these policy documents into new Darebin Planning Scheme built form and heritage controls. These controls will ensure adequate balance between the history and character of Fairfield Village is maintained in a way that allows for new developments to be introduced respectfully while allowing for growth.

    Minutes from the Council meeting are available to view on Council's main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au.

    Download the adopted documents from the Document Library.

    A formal planning scheme amendment process to implement the new controls is expected to commence in March 2018. This process will include a public exhibition period and people will again have the opportunity to comment via a formal submission process.

    Keep an eye on this project website for further updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8768.

  • Fairfield Village consultation outcomes and next steps

    8 months ago
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    In September Council exhibited draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage recommendations for Fairfield Village and asked you, the community, for feedback on these documents. Many thanks again for everyone's input.

    A report on the consultation and all the key findings is now available in the project Document Library. The report is an important way for us to let you know how your input has been considered and used.

    Overall, community response to the exhibited proposals was broadly positive. There were useful suggestions for refinements to the Guidelines to ensure they are fair, clear and practical. We also received helpful submissions on heritage matters, and have been able to work with submitters to resolve those issues.

    Council officers are now finalising the Built Form Guidelines and Heritage Assessment documents in line with the Key Findings Report and will present them to Council for adoption at its meeting on Monday 18 December 2017. Documents will be published with the Council meeting agenda on Council’s main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au from Wednesday 13 December 2017.

    Keep an eye on this website for future updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8768.

    In September Council exhibited draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage recommendations for Fairfield Village and asked you, the community, for feedback on these documents. Many thanks again for everyone's input.

    A report on the consultation and all the key findings is now available in the project Document Library. The report is an important way for us to let you know how your input has been considered and used.

    Overall, community response to the exhibited proposals was broadly positive. There were useful suggestions for refinements to the Guidelines to ensure they are fair, clear and practical. We also received helpful submissions on heritage matters, and have been able to work with submitters to resolve those issues.

    Council officers are now finalising the Built Form Guidelines and Heritage Assessment documents in line with the Key Findings Report and will present them to Council for adoption at its meeting on Monday 18 December 2017. Documents will be published with the Council meeting agenda on Council’s main website www.darebin.vic.gov.au from Wednesday 13 December 2017.

    Keep an eye on this website for future updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8768.

  • Thanks for your feedback on Fairfield Village!

    11 months ago
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    Feedback on draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage Recommendations has closed

    Many thanks to all members of the Fairfield community and beyond for taking the time to provide us with feedback on the draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage recommendations Fairfield Village. Your input is invaluable to helping us finalise these important documents for Council adoption, and progress to starting the process to change the Darebin Planning Scheme.

    We will be reporting back on the results of the consultation soon so keep an eye on this website for updates.

    The draft documents will remain accessible on the Document Library on this website.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call the City Design & Strategic Planning Unit on 8470 8768.

    Feedback on draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage Recommendations has closed

    Many thanks to all members of the Fairfield community and beyond for taking the time to provide us with feedback on the draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage recommendations Fairfield Village. Your input is invaluable to helping us finalise these important documents for Council adoption, and progress to starting the process to change the Darebin Planning Scheme.

    We will be reporting back on the results of the consultation soon so keep an eye on this website for updates.

    The draft documents will remain accessible on the Document Library on this website.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call the City Design & Strategic Planning Unit on 8470 8768.
  • Fairfield Village Progress Update

    about 1 year ago
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    Late last year, Council started a conversation with local residents and businesses about how to revitalise Fairfield Village while retaining the unique character of the neighbourhood. Thank you to those of you who took part in the consultation process. You may be wondering where things are at!

    The feedback received during the consultation was broad and raised many new ideas including innovative suggestions in response to factors that affect Fairfield Village, such as the impacts of increasing traffic, new development, improving safety for pedestrians and bike riders and transport projects including level crossing removals.

    We are investigating some of the potential project ideas raised during the consultation period and undertaking feasibility work, which will delay the development and release of the draft streetscape master plan and development design guidelines.

    We are committed to making sure that initiatives for Fairfield Village effectively respond to the future needs of the community, so it’s important to undertake the necessary steps to get it right.

    The project community reference group will continue to work with us to provide feedback and input as work progresses.

    We are looking forward to releasing draft documents for broad community input and review in the coming months, so please keep an eye on this website for future announcements or subscribe to receive updates.

    If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au.

    Late last year, Council started a conversation with local residents and businesses about how to revitalise Fairfield Village while retaining the unique character of the neighbourhood. Thank you to those of you who took part in the consultation process. You may be wondering where things are at!

    The feedback received during the consultation was broad and raised many new ideas including innovative suggestions in response to factors that affect Fairfield Village, such as the impacts of increasing traffic, new development, improving safety for pedestrians and bike riders and transport projects including level crossing removals.

    We are investigating some of the potential project ideas raised during the consultation period and undertaking feasibility work, which will delay the development and release of the draft streetscape master plan and development design guidelines.

    We are committed to making sure that initiatives for Fairfield Village effectively respond to the future needs of the community, so it’s important to undertake the necessary steps to get it right.

    The project community reference group will continue to work with us to provide feedback and input as work progresses.

    We are looking forward to releasing draft documents for broad community input and review in the coming months, so please keep an eye on this website for future announcements or subscribe to receive updates.

    If you have any questions about the project, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au.

  • Our Fairfield Village Community Engagement Report now available

    over 1 year ago
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    Want to know the outcomes of your conversation with us about Fairfield Village?

    A summary report on the engagement program and all the key findings is now available in the project Document Library. Thanks for your patience while we worked with CoDesign Studio to finalise this important document.

    The findings will be used to develop a draft streetscape masterplan, design guidelines for new development and key transport initiatives for Fairfield Village. Draft documents will be released for community review and feedback in mid-2017 - dates and details will be published on this website once confirmed.

    If you have any questions about the report or about the project, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8214.

    Want to know the outcomes of your conversation with us about Fairfield Village?

    A summary report on the engagement program and all the key findings is now available in the project Document Library. Thanks for your patience while we worked with CoDesign Studio to finalise this important document.

    The findings will be used to develop a draft streetscape masterplan, design guidelines for new development and key transport initiatives for Fairfield Village. Draft documents will be released for community review and feedback in mid-2017 - dates and details will be published on this website once confirmed.

    If you have any questions about the report or about the project, please contact us at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8214.

  • Thank you for your involvement so far!

    over 1 year ago
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    The first phase of community engagement has now concluded and we want to say a huge thank you to all who contributed thoughts and ideas. It has been a terrific response. We are now reviewing and analysing all of the feedback and will publish a summary report of the findings on this website in late January.

    Just to refresh, we 'Started the Conversation' with you in late October and you have contributed by:
    • Filling in the survey and mapping your ideas and issues on this website from 26 October - 30 December 2016;
    • Attending a pop-up event at Fairfield Family Fun Day and Fairfield Farmers Market on 13 and 19 November;
    • Attending an in-depth workshop on 15, 16 and 17 November;
    • Entering the FIDO Ideas and Colouring competition;
    • Emailing us directly at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au
    If you wish to be more involved in this project consider applying to join the Community Reference Group - nominations close on 9th January 2017 - see the separate news item below for the all the details.

    The first phase of community engagement has now concluded and we want to say a huge thank you to all who contributed thoughts and ideas. It has been a terrific response. We are now reviewing and analysing all of the feedback and will publish a summary report of the findings on this website in late January.

    Just to refresh, we 'Started the Conversation' with you in late October and you have contributed by:
    • Filling in the survey and mapping your ideas and issues on this website from 26 October - 30 December 2016;
    • Attending a pop-up event at Fairfield Family Fun Day and Fairfield Farmers Market on 13 and 19 November;
    • Attending an in-depth workshop on 15, 16 and 17 November;
    • Entering the FIDO Ideas and Colouring competition;
    • Emailing us directly at our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au
    If you wish to be more involved in this project consider applying to join the Community Reference Group - nominations close on 9th January 2017 - see the separate news item below for the all the details.

  • Fairfield Village Community Reference Group – applications now open!

    over 1 year ago
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    Would you like to make an additional contribution towards the future of Fairfield Village? We are looking for engaged representatives from the community (residents, businesses, community groups and other key stakeholder groups in Fairfield) who can bring local knowledge and help to represent the views of the broader community on a Community Reference Group. This group will play an important role in providing input to Council during the development and implementation of the Fairfield Village Streetscape Masterplan and Fairfield Village Design Guidelines.


    Please refer to the Terms of Reference for further information.

    Applications can be submitted...

    Would you like to make an additional contribution towards the future of Fairfield Village? We are looking for engaged representatives from the community (residents, businesses, community groups and other key stakeholder groups in Fairfield) who can bring local knowledge and help to represent the views of the broader community on a Community Reference Group. This group will play an important role in providing input to Council during the development and implementation of the Fairfield Village Streetscape Masterplan and Fairfield Village Design Guidelines.


    Please refer to the Terms of Reference for further information.

    Applications can be submitted to our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au by 5pm, Monday 9 January 2017. Please ensure that you respond to the Selection Criteria listed in the Terms of Reference.

    Enquiries may be directed to our.fairfield.village@darebin.vic.gov.au or call 8470 8629.