Continuing to protect our heritage

Boroondara has a rich and diverse history, proudly displayed by the many properties, precincts, schools, churches and parks in our streets. To proactively identify and protect our heritage, we allocated more than $1m over five years to prepare the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.

Since beginning this study in 2016, nine key suburbs have been reviewed to identify and protect valued heritage properties and precincts. There are two components to each suburb study:

  • a street-by-street assessment of properties not currently included in the heritage overlay
  • implementation of heritage controls to properties recommended for heritage protection by an independent assessment.

The heritage overlay is vital in enabling Council to protect heritage places of local significance. Inclusion of properties and precincts in the heritage overlay triggers planning permit requirements for demolition, alterations and additions, and new buildings, which helps us to protect and retain our important history for future generations.

As we draw nearer to concluding this municipal wide study, we expect to have approximately 5,500 additional properties protected through the heritage overlay as part of this important work.

Current suburb studies

  • Glen Iris – The Glen Iris Heritage Gap Assessment recommended 15 individual heritage places and four heritage precincts be added to the heritage overlay. Consultation with impacted property owners as part of the public exhibition period for this planning scheme amendment is underway. Resident have until 12 March 2021 to submit their feedback (not 8 March as published).
  • Ashburton – The Ashburton Heritage Gap Assessment has been adopted by Council. Authorisation to exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C337 to protect nine individual properties and one precinct by applying a heritage overlay was received from the Victorian Minister for Planning on 27 October 2020. Public exhibition of the amendment is expected to occur in March 2021 for residents and interested stakeholders to have their say.  

What is a heritage overlay?

A heritage overlay is a planning control that seeks to protect places of aesthetic, social or historical importance. The control is applied to either individual heritage places (usually buildings but can include other structures, trees or gardens) or heritage precincts. The inclusion of properties in the heritage overlay ensures new development does not negatively impact on the heritage significance of a place or precinct.

For more information visit Heritage