Amendment C135 (Precinct H in Preston Central)

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CHANGES TO PRECINCT H IN PRESTON CENTRAL

Originally known as 'Auto Alley' for the historically important role car dealerships have played here, Precinct H (’Northern Gateway’) was envisaged in the Preston Central Structure Plan 2006 as a Priority Development Zone, with a singular focus on business and employment. However, the nature of the businesses here—and the community’s needs around them—have changed markedly in the years since.

The Vision was to locate car showroom business along High Street in this Precinct with a mix of other commercial opportunities. However, due to broader economic trends, this vision needs to be reconsidered.

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CHANGES TO PRECINCT H IN PRESTON CENTRAL

Originally known as 'Auto Alley' for the historically important role car dealerships have played here, Precinct H (’Northern Gateway’) was envisaged in the Preston Central Structure Plan 2006 as a Priority Development Zone, with a singular focus on business and employment. However, the nature of the businesses here—and the community’s needs around them—have changed markedly in the years since.

The Vision was to locate car showroom business along High Street in this Precinct with a mix of other commercial opportunities. However, due to broader economic trends, this vision needs to be reconsidered.

In particular:

  • car dealerships represent a smaller portion of the land uses in the area than was originally the case when the Preston Central Structure Plan 2006 was first introduced, and
  • there is evidence of a number of these businesses leaving the precinct altogether, leaving vacant sites, whilst others are relocating non-sales functions to other areas and are requiring smaller sites.

In order to respond to these changes and to facilitate a wider range of opportunities into the future, Council needs to be proactive. With this precinct’s proximity to services and transport of Preston Central, it offers scope for more mixed-use development. As such, Amendment C135 to the Darebin Planning Scheme removes the current prohibition on dwellings in Precinct Hbringing it in line with all other precincts in the area—and help stimulate more efficient use of a well-serviced and well-located part of the City.

Please note, no changes were proposed to heights as part of this Amendment and the height limit for Precinct H remains at 4 storeys.

PANEL REPORT

Darebin Council received the report of the independent planning panel on Amendment C135 in August 2014. The Panel supported the amendment and recommended that it be adopted as exhibited. In regards to building height controls within the precinct, the Panel did not consider that requests to either reduce or increase height controls were ‘appropriate in this Amendment and should be pursued through a separate planning process if necessary. You can download the full Panel Report at Panel Report - C135.

COUNCIL ADOPTION

Council adopted Amendment C135 on 15 September 2014

If you have any further questions in relation to Amendment C135, please contact Planning Services by calling 03 8470 8768 or email: planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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  • Amendment C135 Approved

    over 4 years ago

    The Minister for Planning has approved Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C135, with the changes implemented into the Darebin Planning Scheme on 16 April 2015.

    You can view the approved amendment documents at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Amendments Online website.


    The Minister for Planning has approved Darebin Planning Scheme Amendment C135, with the changes implemented into the Darebin Planning Scheme on 16 April 2015.

    You can view the approved amendment documents at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Amendments Online website.