Height controls in Ivanhoe to give communities greater certainty about development will become permanent after Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne approved an amendment to the Banyule Planning Scheme.

Interim controls in place for the past 11 months have been locked into planning regulation and ensure mandatory heights for developments within the Ivanhoe Activity Centre are restricted to between 11 and 21 metres, depending on location.

The activity centre’s position on a ridgeline increases the visual impact of buildings and has been considered a significant physical feature that merits the use of mandatory maximum building heights.

The new measures reflect strong strategic planning work and community consultation carried out by Banyule City Council. There were 79 submissions received from the community – 66 supported making mandatory height controls permanent.

Ivanhoe Activity Centre is a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Activity Centre Pilot Program, which commenced in late 2016 and focused on three diverse activity centres – Moonee Ponds in Moonee Valley, Ivanhoe in Banyule and Johnston Street in the City of Yarra. The Program works to identify how planning controls can provide greater clarity and certainty about development heights in activity centres.

The pilot program is helping the government and councils set a precedent for development of activity centres throughout Melbourne, in a way that supports homes and jobs growth near public transport while protecting each area’s character.

The program also supports the Labor Government’s Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 vision, which aims to provide certainty about growth in Melbourne’s suburbs and to accommodate sustainable population growth in appropriate development areas.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne MP

“Ivanhoe has the potential for major jobs growth and we’re guiding this with strong and consistent planning controls to respect the community and amenity of the area.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“The community has spoken and we’ve acted. We’re tired of seeing developers flout discretionary height limits, so we’re taking action to spell out just what can and can’t be built.”