Located 14km from Melbourne’s CBD, East Village is a 24 hectare site on the corner of East Boundary and North Roads, Bentleigh East. It is currently used for industrial and commercial uses.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in partnership with Glen Eira City Council to develop a plan that will facilitate the redevelopment of East Village for mixed-use development over the long term.
A summary of some of the important outcomes from the draft East Village plan include:
- Increase the number and type of jobs within the precinct
- Housing diversity and choice
- Transfer of 10% of developable land as public open space
- Delivery of affordable housing
- Commitment to achieving an accreditation in sustainable development
- Bike paths and network of pedestrian paths providing continuous access through the precinct
- New shopping and dining opportunities.
You can read more about the key features, objectives and recommendations for East Village by downloading the community engagement newsletter here.
The aim is for this precinct to be a sustainable mixed-use precinct with a focus on innovative employment and education opportunities. Enhanced by green spaces and places for people, it will be supported by a diverse range of a high-quality housing and retail that caters for all. The precinct will have local parks, a town square and pedestrian-friendly laneways.
The precinct is currently zoned for industrial uses, which is no longer considered appropriate. This process seeks to renew the precinct and allow East Village to become a sustainable, mixed-use precinct with a focus on innovative employment and education opportunities.
No, East Village will not become a separate suburb to Bentleigh East.
The concept plan has been designed to ensure East Village integrates with the existing Bentleigh East community. Several connections are provided into the existing road network and pedestrian connections are planned between Virginia Park and Marlborough Reserve.
The VPA is working in partnership with Glen Eira City Council to develop a plan that will facilitate the redevelopment of East Village for a mixed-use precinct over the long term. For this vision, the VPA and Glen Eira Council have developed a concept plan, which will later inform a draft structure plan.
In May this year the VPA and Glen Eira City Council hosted a community forum about the vision for the precinct, inviting people to contribute their ideas about how it should be developed.
Many of these ideas – where appropriate – were then incorporated into a high-level concept plan for the precinct, which outlined suggested land-uses and proposed building heights.
This concept plan was released for public comment in June, with the feedback now being used to help inform a more detailed draft structure plan for the precinct, which will ultimately include the proposed planning regulations that will enforce the vision for the precinct.
The concept plan enables apartments and townhouses to be developed within the East Village precinct. The opportunity for affordable housing is also being explored.
The mix of housing types will provide opportunities for people of all ages to live within the precinct, addressing concerns of downsizing and affordability within the municipality. The developers of the precinct have committed to the provision of a mix of housing types, from family homes and apartments through to aged care and retirement facilities.
Melbourne’s population is growing and the demographics are changing. For instance, there are many smaller households and people living alone. To accommodate this growth and the resulting changes in demographics, it is essential that a variety of housing is provided to accommodate a range of incomes and lifestyles in the established suburbs of Melbourne. While in the past the majority of dwellings in Melbourne’s suburbs consisted of low-rise, detached houses, we now require more diverse housing options that offer apartment and townhouse living.
Yes. The final structure plan will include several built-form requirements in addition to the existing guidelines provided through the Glen Eira Planning Scheme. These controls have not yet been determined and the VPA and Glen Eira City Council will have more information regarding these requirements later in the process.
As it stands, current planning controls allow for buildings of up to 10 storeys in height to be built within this precinct. The concept plan proposes to lower this limit, while still providing for the needs of the growing population in the area.
The draft concept plan proposes that buildings of up to eight storeys in height be allowed in the centre of the precinct, to provide diverse housing options for the new population, given the precinct’s size and location.
However, at the edge of the precinct heights will be much lower (3-4 stories), to blend in with the adjacent neighbourhoods.
One of the proposed features of East Village is a community facility space. This space could potentially be used for a school, subject to the views and advice of the Department of Education and Training and other key government agencies.
The VPA and Glen Eira City Council will have more information regarding these changes further on in the process. We understand this topic is important to the current community, and will keep you informed as the decision-making progresses.
The VPA understands that traffic is already a problem in Bentleigh East and that there are concerns about this issue becoming worse with an increase in population. Prior to the finalisation of the structure plan for East Village precinct, the VPA will be undertaking transport studies to investigate the impacts of the development and provide a range of mitigation measures. This will ensure the appropriate approach to planning for traffic is taken.
Yes, the open space shown will be public open space and accessible to everyone.
Ten percent of the precinct’s net developable area (NDA) will be allocated as open space, the amount was determined from industry standards. The existing Glen Eira City Council standard is 5.7%.
Any development of the precinct will be required to ensure there is no increase in runoff and therefore no increase in flooding beyond the precinct.
A resolution that leads to decreased runoff and increased sustainability is desired and could be achieved in a number of ways, which are currently being investigated.
The VPA is consulting with Melbourne Water to form a series of background studies on the East Village precinct, and a detailed water management plan will be prepared. The overall aim is to achieve improved flood management and water quality within and external to the precinct.
Yes. Developers will contribute to local infrastructure needs in relation to traffic, parks or community facilities once we have developed what is known as a Development Contributions Plan (DCP). This will result in developers contributing millions of dollars to provide the basic infrastructure needed to meet the needs of future residents and workers, such as new road intersections and community and recreation spaces.
East Village is a name that landowners, VPA and council have been using to refer to the precinct. This name can be changed if Glen Eira City Council wishes to change it, if the name is not considered to accurately reflect the vision for the precinct.
The VPA and Council are continuing the preparation of the plan, incorporating feedback from the community and state agencies where possible.
Glen Eira City Council will decide whether to exhibit the planning scheme amendment in the coming months and there will be an opportunity for any interested person to make a submission at that time.
Glen Eira City Council and the VPA will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this precinct.
Please visit the VPA and Glen Eira City Council websites for any further information.