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Final precinct statements now available

On 24 September 2012, Council adopted Neighbourhood Character Precinct Statements which set out design guidelines for the City's residential areas. The Precinct Statements were adopted subject to changes. 

Following adoption of Neighbourhood Character Precinct Statements, the Urban Planning Special Committee Meeting resolved to make further changes to Precinct Statements on 16 September 2013.

The updated versions can now be accessed via the interactive map at on our New Residential Zones website.

Please note: The Neighbourhood Character Precinct Statements will not be used as a basis for assessing or determining planning permit applications until such a time as they are included in the Boroondara Planning Scheme as reference documents.

Why prepare a Neighbourhood Character Study?

We know that our residents place a high value on the unique characteristics of the municipality, and particularly the area in which they live. The Neighbourhood Character Study will help manage change in residential areas to ensure new development maintains the characteristics most valued by the community.

Implementation of study

For the Precinct Statements to have statutory weight, they need to be included in the Planning Scheme.

Council proposed to implement the study through the use of the new residential zones and other planning controls as part of Amendment C190.

However, in approving Amendment C190 on 19 June 2014, the Minister for Planning did not approve the introduction of the Neighbourhood Character Study through Clause 22.07 and the new residential zones into the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

Given the Minister’s decision, Council is currently assessing the various implementation options and how to effectively engage with the community on the introduction of the Neighbourhood Character Study into the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

What has happened so far?

Stage 1 consultation

The first round of community consultation was held during September and October 2011. A series of 'community café' drop in sessions took place across the City where community members provided information about which character elements are important to them. A telephone survey was also completed.

The outcomes from this first stage of consultation are documented in the Stage 1 Consultation Report (PDF, 1MB).

Stage 2 consultation

The City's residential areas were subsequently divided into precincts with common characteristics. A draft Precinct Profile was prepared for each precinct which described the character of the precinct and its key features. Consultation on the draft Precinct Profiles occurred in February 2012.

A summary of feedback received during this second stage of consultation is documented in the Stage 2 Consultation Report (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Stage 3 consultation

The precinct boundaries and descriptions were subsequently updated in response to the community feedback received (please note that the precinct numbers changed as a result of this process). Draft preferred character statements and design guidelines were also prepared for each precinct.

The precinct descriptions and design guidelines were combined into draft Neighbourhood Character Precinct Statements which were released for public comment in June 2012.

A summary of the feedback received during this stage of consultation is documented in the Stage 3 Response to Submissions report.

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