Planning Scheme Amendment GC55 to the Mitchell and Whittlesea Planning Schemes
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Mitchell Shire Council and Government agencies, has prepared the Beveridge Central Precinct Structure plan (PSP) to guide new urban development in Beveridge Central.
The Beveridge Central PSP will provide up to 3,650 homes to accommodate a population of more than 10,200. Community and commercial facilities, including a sporting field, local convenience centres, a network of open space and a heritage trail will create an attractive environment for the precinct.
The PSP applies to approximately 291 hectares of land generally bounded by Rankin Street to the south, Camerons Lane and the existing Beveridge Township to the north and north-east, Stewart Street to the east and Patterson Street to the west.
To view a copy of the Beveridge Central exhibition documents, please see the supporting documentation below.
Interactive Map of Beveridge Central PSP
Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) are plans for local areas that usually cater for a significant increase in jobs and residences. They are the “blueprint” for localised development and investment that will occur over many years, and will incorporate any relevant directions already outlined in the higher level Framework Plan.
PSPs provide more specific detail regarding how existing important features of local communities such roads, shopping centres, schools, parks, key transport connections and areas for housing and employment may evolve or transform over time and become better integrated. PSPs will usually be the mechanism for providing direction on any planning zone changes and they will also identify the need for new or additional infrastructure to support increased housing and employment, along with funding mechanisms such as infrastructure contributions charges.
Together with the framework planning, precinct structure planning is an important part of the State Government’s strategy to address population growth and the housing and employment demands that flow from this.
Consisting of 290 hectares of land generally bounded by Rankin Street to the south, Camerons Lane and the existing Beveridge Township to the north and north-east, Stewart Street to the east and Patterson Street to west, the Beveridge Central PSP will accommodate more than 10,000 people and up to 3500 dwellings. The plan facilitates the development of the Camerons Lane interchange, providing future access to the entire Beveridge growth front.
The area will also include three local convenience centres, a sports reserve with soccer ovals and tennis courts, and a special heritage trail around the Kelly House Park.
It will have good access to the potential future Beveridge Train Station, and will also connect to the planned future Lockerbie Train Station.
Lockerbie Train Station is on Public Transport’s Network Development Plan and preliminary scoping work has been undertaken for this station. However, the station has not yet been funded and it will likely be developed in the medium to long term.
Regarding current public transport, the suburb will be approximately 7 kilometres from Donnybrook Train Station which runs a V/Line service.
An ICP is a simplified system for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required by a new community.
The ICP may be made of one or two parts, a standard levy and/ or a supplementary levy. The standard levy is a pre-set rate that may be used to fund transport, community and recreation infrastructure and public land provision. In particular circumstances a supplementary levy may also apply.
Through the preparation of Precinct Structure Plans, the VPA together with Councils has sought to understand and plan for the needs of the future community by anticipating the requirements of roads, intersections, bridges, community buildings and sports and recreation facilities.
This local infrastructure is funded through an Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP).
Within the south east growth area the standard levy for is $339,000 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $158,500 per net developable hectare for employment areas.
Within the north west growth area the standard levy for is $328,500 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $155,000 per net developable hectare for employment areas.
More information relating to the ICP can be found here.
More information relating to infrastructure items proposed for a particular PSP can be found in the Precinct Infrastructure Plan of that PSP.
The types of infrastructure that can be included in an ICP are referred to as allowable items.
The allowable items are listed in the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contributions Plans which can be found below:
The Beveridge Central PSP will be on exhibition until mid-December. Landowners and all other parties must submit their submissions to the VPA by this time.
After the exhibition period closes, the VPA will review all submissions and meet with stakeholders. If any issues cannot be solved by the parties, the PSP will go before an independent planning panel, to assess its merits.
How will the community and local businesses be affected?
The new precinct will be a short, 10-minute drive from key employment hubs, including the future Merrifield Business Park and Craigieburn.
A diversity of housing types is encouraged across the PSP through the use of the applied Residential Growth Zone in proximity to the designated Principal Public Transport Network, the three local convenience centres and sporting reserve as well as more conventional densities elsewhere across the precinct.
A density target of 16.5 dwellings per developable hectare is proposed in the PSP to encourage this diversity.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has released the Beveridge Central Precinct Structure Plan for exhibition. […]