A disused industrial site in Melbourne’s west will be transformed into a tree-lined residential community offering modern homes, jobs, bike paths and green space.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved a plan to transform the Don Smallgoods factory site in Altona North.
The 67-hectare space just 12km from the CBD is located between Kyle Road, New Street, Blackshaws Road and the West Gate Freeway.
The new community will include 3000 homes, 1000 jobs, a town centre with ample services, commercial space and a network of sustainable transport.
Developers will pay a total of $54 million in development levies, which will be used to pay for vital community and transport infrastructure.
This includes two signalised intersections on Blackshaws Road and upgrades to the intersection of Millers Rd and Blackshaws Rd to improve traffic management and capacity.
In response to community concerns about traffic raised at an independent planning panel, developers will now fund an extra $500,000 package of local traffic management works.
Nearby Spotswood and Newport train stations can be reached by bus, cycle or on foot. Residents can access off-road cycle paths, including one linking to the 24km Federation Trail.
All residents will be within 400 metres of a green space, with a large central park and four local parks included as part of five hectares of landscaped parkland.
The Altona North Comprehensive Development Plan was called for by the Victorian Government and delivered by Hobsons Bay City Council with the Victorian Planning Authority.