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June 12, 2015

Ivanhoe set for Sustainable and Vibrant Growth

28 May 2015

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne, has approved the implementation of the   Ivanhoe Structure Plan, delivering council and the local community certainty and guidance on the future development of housing and economic activity in the Ivanhoe area.

Amendment C93 rezones land to a range of commercial, mixed use, general residential and public and recreation zones. In addition, the Design and Development Overlays
which currently exist as interim controls, will be made permanent to provide
design guidance on preferred building heights, setbacks and landscaping.

Ivanhoe was identified in the Victorian Government’s metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne, as a future Activity Centre.  The approved Ivanhoe Structure Plan addresses this, delivering an integrated vision on future housing growth and activity potential in the area which reflects community expectations.

Mr Wynne said it was important to give local Ivanhoe residents and the Banyule City Council the certainty they needed to encourage appropriate development and modest changes to density while maintaining the residential character and amenity of the area.

The Ivanhoe Structure Plan 2012 (Revised 2014) has been developed through public consultation and an expert Planning Panel process. The Panel concluded that the Plan is supported by state and local planning policies, and appropriately provides for more intensive uses and developments in the Ivanhoe Activity Centre while encouraging better use of land around existing transport linkages.

The Victorian Government continues to put the community’s voice back into the planning process and is committed to enhancing Melbourne’s neighbourhoods while planning for the future needs of our city.

Quotes attributable to Minister Wynne

 “As Melbourne continues to grow, we plan for our future needs. This Strategic Plan ensures Ivanhoe will be able to develop sustainably, maintaining its amenity and
liveability while encouraging future housing and economic growth.

“Encouraging redevelopment through the rezoning of identified strategic sites promotes greater housing choice and commercial opportunities close to public transport with easier access to both employment opportunities and services for locals.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“The community and developers now have certainty around what type of development can be done at the heart of Ivanhoe. This approval means future development will be controlled, taking community needs into consideration.

“This is a win for the local community,  reflecting residents expectations and aspirations. It’s been great to work with the community towards a solution, I’ve appreciated their strong advocacy.