Caulfield Station Precinct

Caulfield Station Precinct Structure Plan

Located 10km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD within the municipality of Glen Eira, the Caulfield Station Precinct is centred around Caulfield Train Station and bounded by Kambrook Road to the west, Queens Avenue to the east, Dandenong Road to the north and Neerim Road to the south.

This precinct includes Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, Monash University’s Caulfield campus, Glen Eira College, Derby Road shopping strip, Caulfield Village, Glen Huntly Park and East Caulfield Recreation Reserve as well as housing and industrial land.

The VPA is leading the preparation of a structure plan for the Caulfield Station Precinct, working in partnership with Glen Eira City Council, Stonnington City Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Transport for Victoria (TfV).

This plan will be developed following a number of phases of community and stakeholder engagement and opportunities for community input.

For more on the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, including access information, please visit: https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Places-and-events/Parks/Caulfield-Racecourse-Reserve

Community & stakeholder engagement (May/June 2018)

You can read about the outcomes of this phase of community engagement in the Community Engagement Summary (Vision and Key Directions) report here.

To download the map above, please click here.

Project Information

Located 10km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD within the municipality of Glen Eira, the Caulfield Station Precinct is centred around Caulfield Train Station and bounded by Kambrook Road to the west, Queens Avenue to the east, Dandenong Road to the north and Neerim Road to the south.

This precinct includes Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, Monash University’s Caulfield campus, Glen Eira College, Derby Road shopping strip, Caulfield Village, Glen Huntly Park and East Caulfield Recreation Reserve as well as existing and new housing and industrial land.

With strong transport links – including a train station with multiple train lines, a bus interchange, tram line and major freeway – and key attractions such as a Monash University campus and Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, the precinct is well placed to attract future investment and visitors.

The site is identified as an Education Precinct in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050, the city’s metropolitan strategy, due to Monash University’s Caulfield campus and is recognised in local and state policy as a location that can support additional housing, employment and recreational facilities.

Government is undertaking long-term planning for this precinct to maximise the opportunities that come with population growth and investment for the community and to fully realise the potential of this place.

A structure plan is a land use plan that sets a long-term vision for how the area will develop in the future. These plans provide certainty for community members and developers about what change is expected in an area and can respond to matters including but not limited to land use and development, transport and parking, building and urban design, heritage, character, employment, open spaces, and infrastructure provision. The intention is for the structure plan to be implemented through a planning scheme amendment.

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust will prepare a strategic management plan for the racecourse reserve as per the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017 (The Act). This plan will include a statement of objectives and directions for the promotion, management and use and development of the reserve for racing, recreation and public park purposes. The Act requires that the trust consult with all relevant ministers, the public and stakeholders before formalising the plan.

The precinct includes a number of sites on the Victorian Heritage Registrar and of local heritage significance within the Glen Eira Planning Scheme. The structure planning process will consider existing local character and heritage.

The precinct includes a number of large trees and areas of vegetation that support local biodiversity. An arborist report and biodiversity assessment will identify sites of significance or trees for protection.

A draft structure plan is anticipated by early 2019. This plan will be developed following additional rounds of community and stakeholder engagement and opportunities for community input.

Who is involved?

The Minister for Planning has directed the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to prepare a structure plan for the precinct, in partnership with Glen Eira City Council and state government agencies.

To guide preparation of the structure plan the VPA has convened a project steering group consisting of representatives from relevant planning agencies including Glen Eira City Council, Stonnington City Council, Transport for Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

The Victorian Planning Authority is a State Government statutory authority that reports to the Minister for Planning and is leading the preparation of a structure plan for the precinct.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is a state government department that reports to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and is responsible for facilitating a new trust body to manage the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve and the management of the reserve until this body is appointed.

Glen Eira City Council is the planning authority for the precinct, responsible for facilitating amendments to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme and for issuing planning permits. Council is working with the VPA on the preparation of a structure plan by providing input as part of a project steering group.

Stonnington City Council is the adjoining Council, responsible for issuing planning permits on land to the north of Dandenong Road and is providing input into the preparation of the structure plan through the project steering group.

Transport for Victoria is a state government agency responsible for planning for the future of the metropolitan transport network and is taking a leading role in the transport planning component of the structure plan.

Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust (CRRT) is established under the Caulfield racecourse reserve Act 2017 with responsibility for planning, development, management, operation, care, promotion and use of the Reserve for racing, recreation and public park purposes.

The Melbourne Racing Club has operated racing and training activities at Caulfield racecourse since 1876.

You can read more about the MRC here.

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust (CRRT) is established under Part 2 of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017 (the Act) to manage Caulfield Racecourse Reserve for racing, recreation and public park purposes.

The functions of the CRRT are:

  • responsibility for the planning, development, management, operation and use of the Reserve for purposes of racing, recreation and public park
  • financial management of the reserve
  • acting as a committee of management under the Crown Land (Reserves Act) 1978.

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust will prepare a strategic management plan for the reserve as per the Act. This plan will include a statement of objectives and directions for the promotion, management and use and development of the reserve for racing, recreation and public park purposes. The Act requires that the trust consult with all relevant ministers, the public and stakeholders before formalising the plan.

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust board comprises between five and seven members appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for a term not exceeding three years. Applications closed in February 2018 and candidates are currently going through a selection process. It is anticipated that the trust will be in effect from August 2018.

What else is happening in the area?

As part of the Dandenong Rail Corridor upgrade the existing station platforms at Caulfield Station will be extended to support new high capacity trains. High capacity trains will progressively enter the network from 2019. The Metro Tunnel project is due for completion in 2025 and will deliver a faster connection to the CBD from Caulfield Station. This project will increase the importance of Caulfield Station as an interchange and a destination station.

The complete redevelopment of Caulfield Station is not in the scope of this project. Any feedback in relation to the station or the network however will be provided to Transport for Victoria for consideration in future network planning. The community is invited to indicate their ideas and vision for the precinct including the station and surrounds, potential improvements, access issues, safety and walkability within the precinct and where there are preferences for walking and cycling.

The reserve will continue to support horse racing in line with the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017. The Melbourne Racing Club has operated racing and training activities at Caulfield Racecourse since 1879 and hold rights for the use of the land within their lease footprint which includes the racecourse, carpark, training facilities and the Grandstand.

Any future changes to the racecourse will need to be in accordance with the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017. There will be no decrease to current racing activities or volume of racing. The volume of racing is determined annually under legislation through the Victorian Racing Calendar.

There may be an opportunity to relocate horse training off-site in future, which would free up more land for public use and access. This is dependent upon the relocation of all current training activities, which is not yet agreed. If and when the terms of relocation are agreed, a five year phase out of training would apply.

Caulfield racecourse reserve was originally established in 1879 for three purposes – racing, recreation and  public park purposes. The reserve is used for a number of different activities such as raceday activities, training tracks and facilities, community and commercial events, car parking, public access for recreation as well as water catchment and storage areas.

Public access to the centre of the reserve is enabled from Neerim Road to the south, Queens Avenue to the east, Glen Eira Road to the west and the Guineas Tunnel to the north at certain times of the day everyday day apart from race days and major events. The whole reserve is reserved for race attendees on race days. The frequency of race days is determined annually through the Victorian Racing Calendar and facilitated under the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Act 2017.

There may be an opportunity to relocate horse training off-site in the future, which would free up more land for public use and access. The relocation of training is an opportunity being investigated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Office of Racing, Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC).

The relocation of training is dependent upon the relocation of all current training activities, which is not yet agreed. If and when the terms of relocation are agreed, a five year phase out of training would apply.

An area of freehold land owned by the MRC to the western edge of the reserve used for training and stables is included in the study area and will be considered as part of the planning process.

If horse training is relocated the MRC has expressed interest in rezoning this freehold land for residential use. Any rezoning would need to be in accordance with the structure plan and would be subject to further community and stakeholder consultation.

Monash University continues to invest in Caulfield its second largest campus, completing major refurbishment projects such as the library, Monash Business School and Monash Connect. The university has an aspiration to increase teaching space at the site and improve connections to the surrounding area at Sir John Monash Drive and Derby Road to enhance the campus’ role as a major focal point for the wider community.

The state government announced in April this year that $3 million would be allocated in the 2018-19 budget for planning and design of a future tram route connecting Caulfield with Chadstone and the Monash University campus at Clayton. The implications of this study will be considered as part of the structure plan.

Derby Road will continue to be an important shopping strip serving the local community. Glen Eira City Council and the Victorian Planning Authority are interested in community views about the long term vision for this retail strip.

State government has invested over $8.55million into the redevelopment and refurbishment of Glen Eira College. This upgrade included refurbishing learning spaces and the sports centre with a full-sized gymnasium.

Caulfield Village is a mixed use development to the north of Station Street that will provide over 1500 apartments, a new town square, retail centre and upgrades to local road network.

Stage 1 ‘Caulfield Heath’ has been completed.

The amount of parking needed to support activities in the precinct and where it will be located are important issues. Community views about parking are being sought as part of the planning process.

How can I get involved?

The Victorian Planning Authority, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Glen Eira City Council are inviting community members and stakeholders to share their vision and thoughts about the future of the precinct.

The purpose of the community engagement is to inform the community of the process and to seek views and input into the future planning of the area.

This round of community and stakeholder engagement will produce a ‘Vision and Key Directions’ report, summarising community input to inform the next phase of the structure planning process. This will be published on the VPA website.

There will be a number of stages within the planning process where you can have your say. In this first phase of community engagement you can provide your ideas and input in the following ways:

The online survey can be accessed via the Victorian Planning Authority and Glen Eira City Council websites.

You can submit your survey responses at: https://vpa.vic.gov.au/caulfield-station-precinct-vision-survey/

The Victorian Planning Authority and Glen Eira City Council will take all comments and feedback into consideration in the preparation of the structure plan. Community feedback will also be provided to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust. A summary of the responses will be published on the VPA and Glen Eira City Council websites.

It is likely that the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust will seek further community input to inform the preparation of a strategic management plan for the reserve later this year. The Victorian Planning Authority and Glen Eira City Council will seek further community input into the draft structure plan for the precinct in 2019.

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Community & stakeholder engagement (May/June 2018)

You can read about the outcomes of this phase of community engagement in the Community Engagement Summary (Vision and Key Directions) report here.

This feedback will inform a draft structure plan for the Caulfield Station Precinct which the VPA will now prepare in partnership with Glen Eira City Council and key stakeholders. The community will be given the opportunity to provide further feedback on the draft structure plan once prepared.

 

Supporting Documentation

Community visioning workshop presentation (20 June 2018)
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Caulfield Station Precinct - Engagement Summary (August 2018)
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