Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan and ‘Interim’ Infrastructure Contributions Plan

Amendment GC28 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes

The Minister for Planning approved Amendment GC134 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes in July 2019. This ‘interim’ infrastructure contributions plan replaces the previous ‘interim’ infrastructure contributions plan (ICP) approved under amendment GC28. The purpose of Amendment GC134 is to update the ICP to ensure that the ICP incorporated into the planning scheme includes a supplementary levy amount that is as close to the finalised amount as practicable in the event there is a delay to finalising and gazetting the final ICP via Amendment GC102.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) previously prepared the precinct structure plan (PSP) which guides development of the new residential precinct in Donnybrook and Woodstock, as gazetted on 3 November 2017.

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

Interactive map of Donnybrook Woodstock

Amendment GC108 to the Whittlesea and Mitchell Planning Schemes

Amendment GC108 introduced an updated ‘interim’ Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) that applies to land affected by the Donnybrook-Woodstock PSP and replaces the Donnybrook and Woodstock Interim Infrastructure Contributions Plan (July 2018) that was introduced by Amendment GC101 as an incorporated document into the Whittlesea and Mitchell planning schemes. The updated ‘interim’ ICP includes finalised land credit and equalisation rates.

The ‘interim’ Donnybrook and Woodstock ICP will enable delivery of the infrastructure items identified in the existing, approved Donnybrook and Woodstock PSP. The ‘interim’ ICP has been put in place to avoid a scenario where collecting agencies would have been unable to lawfully collect infrastructure contributions from land owners, as required by conditions of planning permits issued in accordance with the superseded ICP system.

An ICP is necessary to deliver all the infrastructure items identified by and required within the Donnybrook Woodstock PSP. Specifically, the supplementary levy component has been included to cover the costs of construction of supplementary ICP transport items.

This ICP will have effect on an interim basis and is necessary until such time as an on-going ICP can replace it. The final ICP will follow a normal amendment process, which will be subject to formal exhibition and a panel process, if necessary.

You can view the exhibited ICP here.

Planning scheme amendment documentation

Donnybrook-Woodstock Interim Infrastructure Contributions Plan (amended September 2018)
Amendment GC108



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.

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 (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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Woodstock - Land Capability - Meinhardt - FINAL - June 2013
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Donnybrook-Woodstock Precinct Structure Plan (approved gazetted) - November 2017
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Donnybrook-Woodstock Interim ICP (approved gazetted) - July 2018
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