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 Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust (CRRT) and Department of Transport (DoT).

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

Community & stakeholder engagement (2019)

We prepared a ‘Key Ideas’ report envisioning how the precinct will develop into the future based on community feedback from 2018 and our preliminary analysis of the area.

Click here to view the report.

In November 2019, the Caulfield community gave us feedback on the Key Ideas report and shared their priorities for the future of the Caulfield Station Precinct. We will provide a summary of what we heard, in early 2020.

The VPA is now considering the feedback received and is working on a draft Structure Plan for the precinct.

Previous Community & stakeholder engagement (2018)

You can read about the outcomes of this phase of community engagement in the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Summary (Vision and Key Directions) report 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 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 to be prepared in 2019.

At this stage of the planning process, we have identified opportunity sites that may be able to be better utilised for other purposes such as commercial/mixed use, residential, community, racing and events and education.

The VPA is engaging urban designers to investigate precinct character; appropriate building heights and density for redevelopment; and how new buildings should interact with the surrounding residential interfaces.

SCCs are a subset of the Principal Bicycle Network, which is a network of cycle routes to help people to ride to major destinations around Melbourne.  SCC are developed to improve cycling to an around major activity centres in metropolitan Melbourne and will typically be selected on the basis of providing links to a ‘National Employment Cluster’ or a ‘Major Activity Centre’ and are routes that cater for the highest, or potentially highest, cycling volumes.

How can I get involved?

Feedback from the Phase 1 and 2 of community engagement will inform a draft structure plan for the Caulfield Station Precinct which the VPA will prepare in partnership with Glen Eira City Council and key stakeholders. The community will be given the opportunity to provide further feedback in future.

The Victorian Planning Authority and Glen Eira City Council will seek further community input into the structure plan for the precinct in 2020. The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust has advised that it will also seek further community input to inform the preparation of a Land Management Plan for the reserve.

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Phase 1 community engagement consisted of a community visioning workshop, online survey, intercept surveys and targeted stakeholder meetings to inform the community of the planning process for the precinct and to seek views and input into the future planning of the area. The engagement took place between May and June 2018, with the visioning workshop on 20 June 2018.

Six key directions which will guide the structure plan and future development of the precinct emerged from the engagement comprising:

  1. Become an activated 24/7 destination for Melbourne’s South East
  2. Caulfield Station as the heart and gateway to the precinct
  3. The university is well integrated into the precinct and brings life and activity
  4. Improvement of the streetscape amenity and places to meet and socialise
  5. Redefine pedestrian friendly spaces, cycle and vehicle movement
  6. The racecourse reserve is opened up for recreation and civic uses in addition to world-class horse-racing events

You can read about the outcomes of this phase of community engagement in the Community Engagement Summary (Vision and Key Directions) report here. Feedback from the Phase 1 community engagement, along with the VPA’s preliminary analysis of the area, has been used to inform the ‘Key Ideas’ report (released October 2019).

The purpose of Phase 2 community engagement is to test the key ideas for the precinct; understand the community’s initial thoughts on the potential changes within the area; and identify if there is anything missed from the Key Ideas report. Outcomes from this phase of engagement will assist with the VPA in preparing a draft Caulfield Station Precinct Structure Plan in the coming months.

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, Stonnington City Council and state government agencies.

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.

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 plan.

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.

Department of Transport 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.

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  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 Trust is chaired by Mr Sam Almaliki and comprises six other members, who bring a diverse range of experience in land management, planning, business administration and community participation.

These members are Danni Hunter, Greg Sword, Peter Watkinson, Joanne Butterworth-Gray, Julie Busch and David Mandel.

The functions of the Trust 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 Trust is preparing a Land 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.

In 2018 the Victorian Government approved a long-term lease with Melbourne Racing Club to secure horse racing at Caulfield Racecourse Reserve for another 65 years. As part of the lease arrangements, horse training at Caulfield Racecourse Reserve will be relocated over a five-year phase-out period. This will result in increased community access to the centre of the reserve, making more land available for recreation and other activities for longer periods of the day.

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust has identified a vision for the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve as follows:

‘The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is the centre of community life. It is a community and events destination of state significance. It is also one of the premier thoroughbred racing venues in Australia. It is an accessible, vibrant, flexible and inclusive space within the broader Caulfield precinct. Welcome to the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve – a place for everyone’

The Melbourne Racing Club has developed a long-term vision for Caulfield Racecourse Reserve that includes significant financial investment and a proposal to upgrade facilities and infrastructure on land within their lease area.

Any changes to the reserve would be subject to normal planning processes and approvals and would be considered by the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust . The VPA will continue to work with the Trust, Glen Eira and Stonnington City Councils, Monash University, landowners and government agencies to ensure planning for the reserve is integrated into planning for the broader Caulfield station precinct.

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 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 Department of Transport (DoT) for consideration in future network planning

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust will prepare a land 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.

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.

Monash University continues to invest in Caulfield as 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 2018 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. Planning and design is underway on the link, and any implications of this study will be considered as part of the structure plan when available.

Derby Road will continue to be an important shopping strip serving the local community.

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 area of freehold land owned by the MRC to the western edge of the reserve is currently used for training and stables. As horse training is planned to relocate by 2023, this land is included in the structure plan study area to be considered as part of the planning process.

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.

Supporting Documentation

Caulfield Station Precinct - Key Ideas
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Caulfield Precinct - Location and Context map
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Community visioning workshop presentation (20 June 2018)
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Caulfield Station Precinct - Engagement Summary (August 2018)
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