Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and City of Hume are planning for a green and vibrant new neighbourhood in Craigieburn West.
The Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan (PDF) proposes a long-term plan for the development of a new neighbourhood in Melbourne’s north. It describes how Craigieburn West is expected to develop and plans for services and infrastructure to support the new community. The Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan is the final Precinct Structure Plan in the Craigieburn residential area.
Craigieburn West will develop as a series of predominantly residential neighbourhoods supported by a new local town centre.
The precinct will create a series of walkable neighbourhoods arranged along a north–south spine including open space links and key road connections. The precinct will also enhance the heritage and landscape features of the area and maximize the retention of established native vegetation.
The precinct will feature schools, community hubs, and different types of housing to support a diverse community, as well as a range of open spaces, including conservation reserves, active open spaces, and a network of local parks.
The Precinct Structure Plan plans to complete the network of green links across the greater Craigieburn area. It also plans for a sensitive transition between the residential neighbourhood and the rural land west of Mickleham Road.
Members of the new Craigieburn West community will have easy access to nearby Craigieburn Central, Aston Village and Highlands Village, as well as new local facilities including a new local town centre with open space and community facilities and a series of potential government and non‑government schools.
Standing Advisory Committee
The VPA Project Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) held a Directions Hearing for the Referral No. 4 Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan on 26 March 2021 via video conference. A Hearing was subsequently held via video conference between 26 April and 14 May 2021 to consider submissions referred to it by the Minister. The SAC submitted its report on the outcomes and recommendations of the Hearing to the Minister and the VPA on 17 June 2021. In accordance with the Terms of Reference the VPA is required to release the report within 10 business days of its receipt (1 July 2021). To view the SAC’s report, refer to:
VPA Fast Track Program
The Craigieburn West PSP is part of the VPA Fast Track Program You can read more about the VPA’s Fast Track Program here.
As part of the VPA Fast Track Program, if required, the Craigieburn West PSP project will be subject to the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee (VPA SAC). The project will use the VPA SAC to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister for Planning and the VPA prior to the VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister’s consideration.
Interactive map of Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan
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 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 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:
- economic and retail assessment
- geotechnical assessment
- traffic and transport assessment (existing conditions)
- Aboriginal Heritage and Post Contract Heritage assessment
- land contamination assessment
- landscape assessment
- Integrated Water Management
- Arboricultural assessment
- Services and utilities assessment
The VPA has prepared the draft plan with the assistance of:
- Hume City Council;
- State Government agencies;
- Service authorities; and
- key stakeholders.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in conjunction with Hume City Council are working to prepare the Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan to guide new urban development and the delivery of key infrastructure within the Craigieburn West site.
The draft plan will deliver land to support a range of housing types, jobs, local parks, community uses, schools and key infrastructure.
Once finalised, the PSP will be incorporated into the Hume Planning Scheme to implement the final plan.
The plan will support the development of a new community with approximately 8,300 new homes on a variety of lot sizes to support the housing and affordability needs of the growing community.
The draft plan responds to the existing significant features of the Craigieburn West precinct. As such, it will protect and enhance nationally significant conservation areas.
The plan includes more than 116 hectares of open space, including local parks, sporting fields, waterways and conservation areas.
- The draft plan also includes:
- 1 local town centre
- 2 local community facilities
- 2 future government primary school sites
- 1 future government secondary school site
- 1 future non-government school site
- 16 local parks, active open spaces, and a north-south linear park.
The Craigieburn West precinct is generally bounded by:
- Mt Ridley Roadand Lindum Vale PSP to the north;
- Craigieburn PSP (referred to as R2) to the east;
- Greenvale North PSP(R1) to the south; and
- Mickleham Road and theUrban Growth Boundary to the west.
The PSP proposes an overall average density target of 20 dwellings per developable hectare. The density of 26 dwellings per developable hectare is targeted within the town centre walkable catchment.
The draft plan includes multiple key employment areas that will support a diverse range of business enterprises.
- Local Town Centre including supermarket, specialty retail and commercial floor space
- Employment in the education (proposed school) and social services (community centre) sectors
- The Craigieburn West PSP is located within a 20 minute commute of a number of significant employment hubs, which include (but are not limited to):
- Melbourne International Airport
- The Craigieburn, Coolaroo and Campbellfield industrial precincts; and
- Merrifield City
- The Craigieburn West precinct is also within a 20-minute commute of the Craigieburn Rail Station, providing rail access to the Melbourne CBD and other parts of Melbourne.
The draft plan will facilitate a transport network that integrates with the surrounding established areas and supports active and public transport options, movement of goods and connections to jobs.
An 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 plan includes 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 Craigieburn West precinct contribute to the cost of providing new intersections, local open space and community facilities.
The Craigieburn West ICP is not included as an exhibited document as it is proposed to be a standard levy. Standard levy ICPs are exempt from public consultation and notification.
About the precinct
The Craigieburn West Precinct is located in the Hume City Council local government area, in Melbourne’s North Growth Corridor.
The precinct covers approximately 562 hectares of land generally bounded by Mt Ridley Road to the north, Craigieburn PSP (R2) to the east, Greenvale North PSP (R1) to the south, and the Urban Growth Boundary to the west.
Why is this work happening?
The Craigieburn area has been earmarked for urban development for more than a decade, and forms part of Melbourne’s North Growth Corridor.
Being part of the North Growth Corridor means that the land has already been identified to transition to accommodate new homes, jobs, schools and community uses.
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 Melburnians 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, sewer and electricity.
The Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan aims to achieve several key outcomes.
Future residents will enjoy housing diversity and choice within Craigieburn West, including densities that support access to local services, jobs and sustainable transport options.
Public Realm and Open Space Networks
The precinct will primarily be developed as a series of residential neighbourhoods that encourage a sense of place and community, and respond to the existing natural, cultural and built form features.
Transport and Movement
The Craigieburn West Precinct Structure Plan plans for a transport network that integrates with the surrounding established areas and supports active and public transport options, movement of goods and connections to jobs.
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
The north western part of the precinct is identified as Conservation Area 29. The Craigieburn West PSP responds to the existing landscape features and plans to retain and protect existing natural features and key community assets.
Education and Community Infrastructure
To support development, our plans will facilitate the delivery of adaptable and multi-purpose open spaces, community facilities, schools, and other essential community infrastructure.