Wantirna Health Precinct
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in partnership with Knox City Council and State agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and VicRoads to establish a new integrated health precinct for Wantirna. The preparation of a master plan for Wantirna Health Precinct will include specialist technical investigations as well as key stakeholder and community engagement.
The plan will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary medical services, employment, education and research facilities, training opportunities, accommodation, access and transport. The plan and supporting planning scheme amendment will also facilitate the future development of the VicRoads land which has been identified as surplus to VicRoads needs.
The majority of the land is owned by the state government, with parcels belonging to Department of Health and Human Services and VicRoads, there is also a parcel in private ownership.
About the Precinct
Wantirna Health Precinct is a State significant health precinct and will help to support and complement existing health services in Wantirna and create new opportunities for a wide range of health-related services, employment, education and research.
As identified in Plan Melbourne (2017-2050), the purpose of health and education precincts is to stimulate innovation and create employment. Health and education precincts are of fundamental importance to the emerging knowledge economy and surrounding communities.
Located approximately 25km east of Melbourne CBD within the municipality of Knox, the Wantirna Health Precinct covers approximately 21.8 hectares of land in Wantirna. The site is located immediately to the west of Knox Private Hospital and includes Wantirna Health.
It is generally bounded by Eastlink Reserve to the west, Boronia Road to the north, Mountain Highway to the south-east, and Wantirna Road to the east.
The VPA’s role is to provide a masterplan, an infrastructure funding plan and proposed planning scheme amendment documentation for Wantirna Health Precinct to the Knox City Council.
To guide the preparation of the masterplan, the VPA has convened a project steering group consisting of representatives from Knox City Council, Department of Health and Human Services, VicRoads and Eastern Health.
The issues and opportunities paper provides an overview of Wantirna Health Precinct to support future land use planning of the site within a wider context. With consideration of planning policy, social and economic context, the paper identifies key issues and opportunities for the site.
This report will inform the next stage of the project which will include preparation of a Draft Masterplan, an Infrastructure Funding Plan and draft Planning Scheme Amendment.
In order to deliver a health precinct masterplan, the priority will be applying a suite of land use zones in the Knox Planning Scheme that promotes the health and health related uses on the site. Some areas of the site may need to be rezoned, either by the Minister for Planning or by Knox City Council. Each land owner will then be able to develop their land in accordance with the masterplan having regard to what is intended for adjacent parcels.
What is a Framework Plan?
The preparation of a Masterplan for Wantirna Health Precinct will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary medical services, employment, education and research facilities, training opportunities, accommodation, access and transport. The plan will help optimise the site opportunities and coordinate development on different land parcels over the long term.
An infrastructure funding plan will set out what transport and community infrastructure required to support the future development. The plan will identify how much money is needed for these items and then the costs will be apportioned to the various land parcels. The infrastructure funding plan will also identify who is responsible for delivering the infrastructure.
The feedback collected in July 2019 will be built into an engagement summary report made available to the community. A Draft Masterplan will then be prepared for consultation later in 2019.
The input provided into the identification of issues and opportunities will build a better understanding of the place and appropriately capture the key matters to be addressed by the Masterplan for Wantirna Health Precinct.