Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment GC28 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes

The Minister for Planning approved Amendment GC28 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes in November 2017.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared a precinct structure plan (PSP) with the assistance of the City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council, government agencies, service authorities and major stakeholders. The PSP will guide development of a new residential precinct in Donnybrook and Woodstock.

To view the approved and gazetted PSP, please click here.

A full set of the planning scheme amendment documentation can be found at:
Amendment GC28

Amendment GC61 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes

The Donnybrook-Woodstock Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) associated with the PSP has also been approved by the Minister for Planning. This ICP will inform development contributions within the precinct.

To view a copy of the approved ICP, please click here.

A full set of the planning scheme amendment documentation can be found at:
Amendment GC61

Background Information

The Victorian Planning Authority has prepared the Donnybrook/Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan, which will guide the development of two new suburbs in Melbourne’s north. This plan will rezone land to allow for new uses, including provision of land to facilitate new infrastructure necessary to support the growth of new communities, such as schools.

The Donnybrook and Woodstock precincts will develop as attractive places to call home, with a strong emphasis on the retention of natural features and high-quality landscaping in an urban environment supported by strong transport connections and community facilities.

The precincts will create a diverse mix of residential neighbourhoods linked by a variety of town centres, schools and other community facilities.

Residential and business development will capitalise on the precinct’s proximity to the existing Donnybrook train station and well as the potential future Lockerbie station.

These PSPs are approved as part of the 100,000 lots program, which will result in the creation of 17 new suburbs by the end of 2018. Plans like these will help keep house prices in check, providing diverse, affordable housing in well-designed areas.

These precincts will support a strong residential community, with a projected population of 47,000. The area will ultimately deliver approximately 17,000 new dwellings and over 2,100 local jobs.

Project Information

  • 17,000 dwellings, 47,000 population
  • 2,140 jobs
  • 5 town centres (41,000 square meters of retail space)
  • 5 convenience local town centres
  • 6 potential government schools
  • 4 potential non-government schools
  • 6 ha park area
  • 7 sporting reserves
  • 7 community activity centres
  • Donnybrook Station existing to the West
  • new arterial roads including Gunns Gully Road, Patterson Drive and Koukoura Drive
  • Hume Anglican Grammar will open the precinct’s first private primary and secondary campus at Hayes Hill, taking enrolments from 2019.

The PSP is bounded by the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road in the North, Merriang Road to the East and Donnybrook road to the South and the Melbourne-Sydney Railway to the west.

The PSP adjoins the approved Lockerbie PSP to the west and the council-led Shenstone Park PSP to the South.

Donnybrook already has an existing train station that runs a V/Line service and there is potential for a future Lockerbie Train Station located in the North.

Infrastructure Contributions

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.

Through the preparation of Precinct Structure Plans, the VPA together with Councils has sought to understand and plan for the needs of the future community by anticipating the requirements of roads, intersections, bridges, community buildings and sports and recreation facilities.

This local infrastructure is funded through an Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP).

Within the south east growth area the standard levy for is $339,000 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $158,500 per net developable hectare for employment areas.

Within the north west growth area the standard levy for is $328,500 per net developable hectare for residential areas and $155,000 per net developable hectare for employment areas.

More information relating to the ICP can be found here.

More information relating to infrastructure items proposed for a particular PSP can be found in the Precinct Infrastructure Plan of that PSP.

The types of infrastructure that can be included in an ICP are referred to as allowable items.

The allowable items are listed in the Ministerial Direction on the Preparation and Content of Infrastructure Contributions Plans which can be found below:

Preparation and Content and Reporting Requirements for Infrastructure Contribution Plans

Future Changes

The PSP will grow around the already established Donnybrook Station in the west of the precinct.

The PSP plans for the provision of new roads and intersections that will be delivered progressively as the area develops.  Local roads will include a mixture of bike lanes and shared paths and the internal road network has been designed to support safe and walkable neighbourhoods.

Areas of significant biodiversity and landscape value within the precinct will be protected with approximately one-third of the precinct included in conservation areas for River Redgums, Native Grasses and Growling Grass Frog habitat.

Next Steps

Developers of the precinct will contribute more than $345 million for local infrastructure such as arterial roads, local parks and sports fields and community centres. The Growth Area Infrastructure Contributions (GAIC) will generate around $115 million to be spent on State infrastructure assisting with the provision of public transport upgrades, schools and other state infrastructure.

Through this plan the second pilot of a GAIC-developer agreement will be rolled out, ensuring community members receive the infrastructure they deserve in a timely fashion.
The site for Hayes Hill Primary School will be acquired under the second pilot of a Government-Developer Growth Areas Infrastructure Agreement. Part of its construction will also be funded through GAIC when population reaches the trigger point for development.

Sites for the Donnybrook P-12 school in Phase 1 and four more schools in later phases will be acquired as required, as these areas are subdivided.

Also planned are GAIC funded upgrades to Donnybrook station around 2020, and the construction of Lockerbie station, to the north, in the mid-2020s. Local bus services will be subsidised in the early years to provide access to Donnybrook station.
GAIC will also be used to acquire the sites for CFA and ambulance stations.

Supporting Documentation

Donnybrook/Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan - October 2015
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Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan (approved gazetted) - November 2017
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Hearing document 41 - MPA revised PSP table 3 and 4
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Changes matrix - June 2016 version 3
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Donnybrook Woodstock and English Street Community Infrastructure Needs Assessment - Addendum August 2015 Capire
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Donnybook Woodstock and English Street - Community Infrastructure Needs Assessment - Capire - October 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Visual Character Assessment - COW - January 2015
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Woodstock Post Contact Heritage Assessment - Context - August 2013
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Donnybrook woodstock - Land Capability Assessment - Meinhardt - June 2013
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Scattered Tree Assessment - Biosis - August 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Traffic Modelling - GTA - November 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Utilities Servicing and Infrastructure Assessment - Cardno - September 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Arboricultural Report - Tree Tec - June 2013
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Community Infrastructure Needs Assessment - Capire - Adendum Appendix B -August 2015
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Donnybrook Post Contact Heritage Assessment - Conect - August 2013
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Donnybrook Station Development Concepts - Opus - January 2015
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Economic Assessment - Essential Economics - June 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Economic Assessment - Essential Economics - June 2015 - Update
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Growling Grass Frog Habitat Assessment - Ecology Australia - March 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Infrastructure Design - One Mile Grid - October 2015
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Donnybrook Woodstock - Integrated Water Management - ARUP - June 2014
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Donnybrook Woodstock and English Street Community Infrastructure Needs Assessment - Capire - Adendum - August 2015
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Donnbrook Woodstock ICP land assessments March 2017
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Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan (approved gazetted) - November 2017
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Donnybrook-Woodstock Infrastructure Contributions Plan (approved gazetted) - November 2017
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