New Draft Ivanhoe Structure Plan: The Ivanhoe Project

Note Council resolution (Item 9.1 27th August 2012) that requests the Minister for Planning to protect the Ivanhoe Structure Plan area.

9.1     Draft Ivanhoe Structure Plan Ms Helen Carr spoke on the item.
SUMMARYCr Jenny Mulholland submitted a Notice of Motion.
Resolution (CO2012/253)1.       That Council write to the Minister for Planning, The Hon. Matthew Guy MP, requesting interim planning controls over the recommended area in the recently released draft of the Ivanhoe Structure Plan.2.       That the explanation is also sent in a letter as a matter of urgency to the Minister’s office and Electorate Office in Rosanna.Moved:  Cr Jenny MulhollandSeconded:  Cr Craig Langdon                                                                                                                               CARRIED


The Ivanhoe Project

The Ivanhoe Project involves two planning projects, the Ivanhoe Plan (Structure Plan) and the Civic Precinct Masterplan.

New Draft Ivanhoe Structure Plan – now out for community consultation

Ivanhoe is identified by the State Government as a Major Activity Area which means it will see future housing growth and activity. State Planning Policy obliges Council to plan for this growth through a Structure Plan.

A previous draft of the Structure Plan was released in July 2011 and attracted over 700 submissions. Council listened to the community and set it aside, promising a new draft with further community consultation. Since October 2011 community workshops have identified where future growth should be and how to best protect the character of Ivanhoe’s neighbouring streets. Details of previous workshop feedback is listed in the sections below.

More than 1500 people have been involved in developing the new draft plan, including the Ivanhoe Community Consultative Committee and the Save Ivanhoe Residents Group. Council is very thankful for the time, energy and ideas committed by all those involved.

The analysis undertaken has been extensive, providing a block by block assessment to ensure the right guidelines are in place for the right areas.

Council has now released the new draft Structure Plan that incorporates much of the feedback from consultation and analysis from consultants MGS Architects. This is not Council Policy but rather a draft for community consultation. Council is seeking feedback and submissions.

Changes from the previous draft Structure Plan:
Some of the changes in the new draft plan that reflect community feedback include:

  • Development is directed to the most appropriate areas around railway stations and shops.
  •  Building heights will be two to three storeys in residential streets, no more than current State Government guidelines (noting that similar building heights have been in place for over 15 years)
  • Guidelines for Uniting Church land recommend less height than the current permit allows, in the event of a new development application.
  • Tailored guidelines to prescribe setbacks and the planting of extra trees, vegetation and landscaping to preserve privacy and amenity.
  • Stronger advocacy for improved public transport services and infrastructure.
  • Better access to open spaces, strengthened heritage controls and the potential for new public squares.

Community Consultation:

Information Sessions:
Open to all, these sessions will explain the details of the new draft plan and help answer questions.

Session 1:
Tuesday 28 August
The Centre Ivanhoe, The Great Hall, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

Session 2: 
Tuesday 28 August
The Centre Ivanhoe, The Great Hall, 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

Session 3:
Saturday 1 September
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Hillsley Gallery, 8 – 10 Noel Street, Ivanhoe

Community Workshops:
Open to all, these workshops will enable discussion and detailed feedback to be taken on the new draft plan.

Workshop 1:
Saturday 15 September
1.30 – 4.30pm
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Hillsley Gallery, 8 – 10 Noel Street, Ivanhoe

Workshop 2:
Wednesday 19 September
The Centre Ivanhoe, Streeton Room, , 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

Workshop 3:
Wednesday 19 September
2 – 4.30pm
The Centre Ivanhoe, Streeton Room, , 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe

To book a place, please email or phone 9457 9816.

Please register prior to Thursday 23 August for any of the Information sessions and prior to Wednesday 12 September for the Community Workshops.

How can I have my say?
You can attend workshops, information sessions or lodge general submissions:

Submissions close 25 September 2012.

Where do I get the document?
The consultation brochure (8 pages) which summarises the Structure Plan is available by clicking on the link below.

Please Note: A high resolution copy has been made available as it contains the clearest version of the plans, however please note at 19MB it may be too large for some computers to download.

The full Draft Structure Plan (116 pages) is available by clicking on the links below. Due to its large file size the plan has been split into four sections.
Copies can be requested by email at or by phone on 9457 9816