Casey Fields South and Devon Meadows Precinct Structure Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is leading the preparation of two structure plans for the Casey Fields South Precinct and the Devon Meadows Precinct, working in partnership with the City of Casey, state government agencies and service authorities.
The two precincts are adjacent to one another, located on the edge of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) within the City of Casey municipality, sharing the South Gippsland Highway as a boundary.
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Casey Fields South Precinct
The Casey Fields South Precinct is a regionally significant industrial precinct, identified in the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP) and the South East Economic Corridor Strategic Context Report to 2060. The precinct is located approximately 50km south east of Melbourne’s central business district and covers an area of about 275 hectares, generally bounded by the South Gippsland Highway to the southeast, Clyde-Fiveways Road to the east and Ballart Road to the north.
The Casey Fields South Precinct is also part of the Victorian Government’s 50,000 lots and jobs program.
Devon Meadows Precinct
The Devon Meadows Precinct is located approximately 50km southeast of Melbourne’s central business district and covers an area of about 261 hectares, generally bounded by the South Gippsland Highway to the north and east, Worthing Road to the south and Craig Road to the west.
Planning for the Casey Fields South and Devon Meadows Precinct Structure Plan will support State Government policy by delivering an employment precinct and a residential precinct.
In 2019, the VPA undertook a review of the Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) planning process. The review set a new strategy to streamline PSP preparation by undertaking greater collaboration and co-design with our partners and adapting the resulting PSPs to be more compact and useful.
The Casey Fields South and Devon Meadows Precinct Structure Plan will be prepared in line with PSP 2.o.
For more information, refer to PSP 2.0.
Early issues identification and collaboration with councils, agencies and landowners/developers are central to the new PSP 2.o process. We achieve this through a series of pitching sessions and a co-design approach to developing the vision and purpose of a Precinct Structure Plan. Pitching sessions were held in mid-February 2022 and the Vision and Purpose Workshop was held on 8 March 2022. This early engagement process will be concluded by a Place-based Co-design Workshop, which is targeted for late 2022. The project timeline provides an overview of key milestones in preparation and delivery of the Precinct Structure Plan and Infrastructure Contributions Plan.
Interactive map of Casey Fields South and Devon Meadows PSP
A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide the development of the area over time. It sets out the intended future 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 draft plans will consider the:
- existing natural features of the sites
- surrounding land uses
- infrastructure needs of the community
- relevant State Government policies and strategies.
Several technical investigations will be undertaken to support the draft plans including:
- arboricultural assessment
- post-settlement heritage assessment
- Aboriginal cultural heritage impact assessment
- Aboriginal cultural values assessment
- land capability including contamination, geology and hydrology studies
- high level servicing and infrastructure assessments
- biodiversity assessment
- economic and retail assessment
- community infrastructure assessment
- transport assessment
- landscape and visual assessment
- integrated water management (IWM)
- bushfire assessment.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) will prepare the draft plans with the assistance of:
- The City of Casey
- State Government agencies
- Service authorities
- Key stakeholders.
The Casey Fields South Employment Precinct and Devon Meadows Precincts are surrounded by four activity centres, including Botanic Ridge to the south-west, Cranbourne to the north-west, Clyde North to the north and Clyde to the north-east. Both precincts are in close proximity to the Western Port Green Wedge.
Nearby community and leisure assets include the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, the Cranbourne Racecourse and the Casey Fields Regional Athletics Centre.
Both precincts are bordered by the South Gippsland Highway, which is not part of the Principal Freight Network (PFN) but connects to it. The closest rail line is the Cranbourne line, with the closest station being the Cranbourne Train Station. The Department of Transport is considering expanding the Cranbourne railway line to Clyde, with a possible train station to be built in Clyde South.
The precincts have road connections to the Port of Hastings. Private investors have also proposed to build a future South East Airport near Koo Wee Rup, which would be a 25-minute drive away.
To support Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP) and the South East Economic Corridor Strategic Context Report to 2060, the Casey Fields South Employment Precinct has a target of achieving 4,200 jobs. The potential future land uses of Devon Meadows are still to be determined.
The plans include a precinct infrastructure contributions plan that identifies key infrastructure to support future uses.
A standard Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) will detail the local infrastructure items such as key road connections, integrated community facilities, parks and sports fields. The ICP will ensure developers in the Casey Fields South Employment precinct and Devon Meadows precinct contribute to the cost of providing new intersections, local open space and community facilities.
An Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) is a simplified system for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required by a new community.
An 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.
The PSP 2.o process emphasises early, open and transparent collaboration and engagement with key stakeholders and the community. The three key collaboration and engagement opportunities include pitching sessions, a Vision and Purpose workshop, and a Place-based Co-design workshop. These opportunities allow key issues and options for their resolution to be considered. It ensures the ownership of opportunities and challenges can be shared, and participants can inform the outcomes of the final Place-based Plan collectively, balancing competing interests to prepare a plan that is aligned with net community benefit. Pitching sessions and the Vision and Purpose workshop have occurred in early 2022. The Place-based Co-design workshop is planned for late 2022.
Pitching sessions occurred in mid-February 2022. Pitching sessions gave landowners and government agencies the opportunity to present their ideas and ambitions for their landholding or the precinct/s more broadly. Some landowners provided detailed plans which the VPA will consider when procuring technical assessments and conceptualising place-based outcomes in the Precinct Structure Plan. Following 25 sessions, a high-level summary of what was heard was produced – Devon Meadows & Casey Fields South PSP – Pitching Sessions Summary – March 2022 (PDF). Following this, the Vision and Purpose workshop was held on 8 March 2022. This workshop allowed participants to validate the Pitching Sessions Summary Document and provide their feedback on the emerging vision and key themes that came out of the initial engagement. A Vision and Purpose Summary Document will be produced and distributed in the near future.
About the precinct
The Casey Fields South Employment Precinct is located in the City of Casey local government area, in Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor. This is approximately 50-km from the Melbourne central business district, which is one hour by train or 50 minutes by car.
The precinct covers approximately 288 hectares of land generally bounded by the South Gippsland Highway to the southeast, Clyde-Fiveways Road to the east and Ballart Road to the north.
Casey Fields South Employment Precinct is identified as a regionally significant industrial precinct (RSIP), under the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP). MICLUP identifies state, regionally and locally significant industrial and commercial precincts across Greater Melbourne.
Regionally significant industrial precincts are defined as key industrial areas that contribute significantly to local and regional economies. Some of these areas are well-established and support a range of industrial uses while others are still in the process of transitioning and supporting new uses. Some RSIPs include future employment areas identified through Growth Corridor Plans, such as Casey Fields South. These areas need to be planned for as key industrial areas that can transition to a broader range of employment opportunities.
Spatially, Casey Fields South Employment Precinct is centrally located in the middle of three state significant industrial precincts (SSIPs). These include the Southern, Officer-Pakenham and Port of Hastings SSIPs. SSIPs are defined as significant areas of economic activity identified in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, to ensure there is sufficient strategically located land available for major industrial development linked to the principal freight network and transport gateways. This means that Casey Fields South has an important role to play in facilitating connection between the three SSIPs.
The Devon Meadows Precinct is located in the City of Casey local government area, in Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor. This is approximately 50km from the Melbourne central business district, which is one hour by train or 50 minutes by car.
The precinct covers approximately 261 hectares of land generally bounded by the South Gippsland Highway to the north and east, Worthing Road to the south and Craig Road to the west.
Why is this work happening?
The Casey Fields South and Devon Meadows areas have been earmarked for urban development, as they form part of Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor.
Melbourne’s growth corridors seek to deliver planning frameworks to maintain a zoned capacity to accommodate approximately 15 years’ residential land supply and one new job for each new household in PSP areas. The key performance indicators (KPIs) for the program are the delivery of 50,000 lots and 50,000 jobs by December 2023. The Casey Fields South Employment PSP and Devon Meadows PSP, along with their Infrastructure Contribution Plans (ICPs), will work to support the successful delivery of Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor by delivering a combined total of 3,137 lots (6% of the program’s KPI) and 5,371 jobs (10% of the program’s KPI).
The VPA is working to deliver on the Victorian Government’s objectives to speed up the delivery of new housing and employment in Melbourne, to meet the needs of a growing population and provide homes and jobs for Victorians.
Providing more land for housing and jobs will mean Melbournians have access to a range of homes that suit different needs, budgets and lifestyle choices. It also helps put downward pressure on housing prices.
Land planned for residential and employment uses will be supported by community facilities, open space, shops, a proposed school and essential services such as water, sewerage and electricity.
The South East Economic Corridor Strategic Context Report to 2060 (SEEC) sits under the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP). This higher-level plan builds on the relevant policies and actions of the Victorian Government’s Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 and its associated Five-Year Implementation Plan, which together provide a broad spatial planning framework for the SEEC.
SEEC is a spatial framework for employment precincts and activity centres across the local government areas of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia Shire. Population growth in these areas is predicted to grow to one million by 2060, with over 600,000 residents expected across the next 40 years. As such, SEEC plans for 500,000 jobs within its boundaries. The framework includes one National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC) in Dandenong, two State Significant Industrial Precincts (SSIPs) including Southern and Officer-Pakenham, two Health and Education Precincts including Berwick and Dandenong, twelve major activity centres, and six employment Precinct Structure Plans (e-PSPs).
The SEEC provides an evidence base to inform the planning framework the VPA will follow to drive economic development and generate sufficient employment opportunities when preparing the Casey Fields South e-PSP and Devon Meadows PSP. SEEC’s suggested vision and strategic imperatives will support economic and employment growth in Melbourne’s south east.