Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan
Beveridge North West has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program.
The project will continue down its appointed panel process and consideration by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) as Planning Authority. The Beveridge North West Panel concluded on Thursday 13 August.
The VPA will be ensuring greater resources and prioritisation of the project’s finalisation to ensure it occurs in a timely manner.
The VPA has prepared the plan with the assistance of Mitchell Shire Council, government agencies, service authorities and key stakeholders.
The Beveridge North West precinct contains generous plains, gently sloping valleys and undulating hills inclusive of distinctive hilltops and remnant volcanic cones, while Kalkallo Creek flows through the western portion of the precinct.
The Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan applies to approximately 1250 hectares of land generally bounded by the Hume Freeway to the east, Camerons Lane to the south, Old Sydney Road to the west and Hadfield Road reservation to the north.
The Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan proposes a long-term plan for urban development. It describes how the land is expected to be developed, and how and where services are planned to support the creation of a new community.
To view a copy of the Beveridge North West exhibition documents, refer to the ‘Documentation – View supporting documentation’ section.
Beveridge North West Panel Report
The Planning Panel hearing report for the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan has now been released. The VPA is currently considering the Panel’s recommendations and the implications for the PSP, and will update all parties on the process in due course.
For more information, refer to:
- Panel Report – Mitchell Planning Scheme Amendment C106mith – Beveridge North West PSP (Planning Panels Victoria) October 2020 (PDF)
Interactive map for Beveridge North West PSP
Planning for the Beveridge North West precinct originally commenced in 2013, before being placed on hold. Past community consultation documents can be accessed for your information below:
Integrated open space and connectivity
The Beveridge North West precinct has an integrated open space networks, incorporating water courses, linear parks and landscape values areas. The active transport network is integrated into this open space network ensuring safe and attractive trails and paths for walking, running and cycling. These connections provide convenient and safe access to the local town centres, community facilities and schools.
Future residents will enjoy genuine diversity of housing product, which will range from conventional residential lots through to well-designed higher density housing near the town centres. The unique topography of the site offers the opportunity to provide bespoke housing, that responds to the landscape through design and orientation, on the hillsides.
The Beveridge North West future urban structure responds to the underlying landscape that includes rolling hills to the north and Kalkallo Creek to the west. The plan protects and enhances these features while utilising them to provide a sense of place and an attractive environment for the new Beveridge community.
The Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan aims to balance the need for certain urban outcomes with flexibility to allow innovative neighbourhood design. This has been achieved through the careful balancing of requirements and guidelines that ensuring high quality urban outcomes while allowing the responsible authority discretion around innovative solutions.
A flexible approach is also taken to the planning for the southern town centre. The Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan provides performance requirements and guidelines for each component of the town centre that the future developer will need to integrate into a holistic plan that will guide the development of the town centre.
A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide development of the area over time. It sets out the intended Future Urban Structure detailing land uses, infrastructure and built-form outcomes to be reflected by development applications. Together with the broader planning framework, precinct structure planning is an important part of the State Government’s strategy to address population growth, housing and employment demands.
The plan considers the:
- existing natural features of the site
- surrounding uses
- infrastructure needs of the community.
Several technical investigations have been undertaken to prepare the draft plan including:
- retail and employment
- Aboriginal heritage
- environment and biodiversity.
The VPA has prepared the plan with the assistance of:
- Mitchell Shire Council
- government agencies
- service authorities
- key stakeholders.
The draft plan proposes the following changes to the Mitchell Planning Scheme:
- Rezones land in the PSP area to Urban Growth Zone 3 (UGZ3) and Rural Conservation Zone (RCZ)
- Inserts Schedule 3 to Clause 37.07 Urban Growth Zone (UGZ) into the Mitchell Planning Scheme
- Inserts Schedule 4 to Clause 43.03 Incorporated Plan Overlay (IPO) into the Mitchell Planning Scheme
- Deletes the Erosion Management Overlay (EMO) and Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 (VPO1, VPO2) from land in the Amendment area
- Incorporated the Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan into the planning scheme by listing it in the Schedule to Clause 72.04
We have worked to refine the RCZ land to ensure that it delivers the best outcomes it can. This includes:
- preserving landscape values
- allowing appropriate development of the area
- maintained of an east-west green link that clearly divides Wallan and Beveridge.
The refined RCZ now encompasses areas with significant slope and topographic constraints.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Mitchell Shire Council have prepared the draft Beveridge North West Precinct Structure Plan. It will guide new urban development and reserve land for key infrastructure within the precinct.
A draft plan is now being exhibited for community feedback. The draft plan proposes new homes, local parks, community uses and key infrastructure.
Once approved, the Mitchell Planning Scheme will be amended to incorporate the final PSP.
The Beveridge North West precinct contains:
- generous plains
- gently sloping valleys
- undulating hills
- distinctive hilltops
- remnant volcanic cones
- Kalkallo Creek.
The draft plan is a response to these prominent landscape features and works to protect and enhance these. The plan includes more than 80 hectares of parklands and sporting fields. Furthermore it will feature a distinct integrated open space and trail network.
The draft plan also supports:
- 7 future school sites
- 2 local convenience centres
- 4 community centres
- 4 local town centres
- Approximately 16,200 new homes; and
- Approximately 180 hectares of landscape values areas.
The Beveridge North West precinct is generally bounded by:
- the Hume Freeway to the east
- Camerons Lane to the south
- Old Sydney Road to the west and
- Hadfield Road reservation to the north.
A quarry operator has proposed a quarry on the northern eastern side of the PSP, immediately east of Spring Hill Cone. No planning permit has been granted at this time. The Minister for Planning has determined that the PSP will be exhibited without the quarry shown on the Future Urban Structure and this has been communicated to land owners and affected parties.
A density target of 20 dwellings per developable hectare is proposed in the PSP.
Camerons Lane interchange with the Hume Freeway is an important future infrastructure element required to support the development the Beveridge North West PSP and surrounding areas.
The VPA is working with relevant stakeholders to secure a delivery and implementation strategy to facilitate the delivery of Camerons Lane Interchange for the precinct.
The PSP plans for the provision of new arterial and connector roads including intersections that will be delivered progressively as the area develops. The road network is planned to accommodate both pedestrian and cyclists with an off-road trail network linked to the open space network.
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.[TM4]
The Beveridge North West PSP will be on exhibition from 05 September 2019 to 07 October 2019. The general public and key stakeholders are invited to make a submission on the draft plan.
After the exhibition period closes, the VPA will review all submissions and the plan will be refined to best accommodate desired community and stakeholder recommendations. The refined plan and key recommendations may also be considered by an independent planning panel to guide decisions on the final plan.
The general public and key stakeholders are invited to make a submission on the draft plan.
Submissions to the plan must be made in writing:
- Online at https://vpa.vic.gov.au/bnwfeedback/
- To the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and sent via email to email@example.com
- To the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) via post to the postal address below:
Victorian Planning Authority
Re: Amendment C106 or Beveridge North West PSP
Level 25, 35 Collins Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000.
About the Precinct
The Beveridge North West PSP provides a strong framework for the delivery of a resilient community.
This will be achieved through:
- planning for early delivery of facilities
- flexibility to enable innovative neighbourhood design
- a sensitive response to the landscape.
The precinct will be defined by:
- its high-quality residential neighbourhoods
- picturesque location nestled between ridgelines
- prominent volcanic cones and rolling hills.
A significant network of open spaces formed by water ways, hilltops and linear parks will connect the diverse residential neighbourhoods within the area.
Beveridge North West will be home to well serviced communities who will have access to a range of facilities which will be located next to the new local town centres.
The natural landscape will be enhanced by:
- replanting of trees along Kalkallo Creek and on the hilltops
- construction of wetlands
- construction of water retention facilities on the open plains
- setting aside land for parks on key hills and valleys.
The PSP shows key infrastructure projects for the precinct. These include:
- a connection to the Hume Freeway at Camerons Lane
- local arterial roads that will support public transport
- streets and trails that encourage walking and cycling to local destinations.
Why is this work happening?
Melbourne’s population is growing, and key Victorian Government planning policies, including Plan Melbourne and Homes for Victorians, acknowledge the importance of increasing housing options and affordability.