Jacksons Hill Master Plan

Jacksons Hill Master Plan

The VPA is creating a master plan for the former Victoria University campus at Jacksons Hill, Sunbury.

We understand the community cares deeply for the site and we are working with Hume City Council, Victoria University, government departments and the local community to develop the plan.

The VPA has developed five principles to guide the development of the master plan:

  • Protect and celebrate the heritage values of the site
  • Strengthen the education, community and arts offering
  • Support a mix of complimentary uses to build a vibrant place
  • Improve access to the site and surrounding areas
  • Require high quality design of buildings and public realm

Community feedback

The VPA has compiled the feedback it received throughout phase 1 of community consultation, which ended in March 2017.

The Jacksons Hill phase 1 community engagement report and a snapshot are available to view.

Please click here to launch the interactive map in full screen. This works best when accessing the ideas map on a mobile device.

Phase 1 community consultation

Phase 1 of community consultation on this project has been completed. The VPA has released its Jacksons Hill Phase 1 community engagement report and an accompanying snapshot.

Please contact a member from the project team on (03) 9651 9600 to discuss other ways to stay involved.

Background Information

The Minister for Planning has directed the VPA to engage with the community and stakeholders to develop a master plan for the site. A master plan is required to ensure that future development of the site is responsive to community needs and protects highly valued heritage-listed elements.

Victoria University is the current owner of the site.

We have received a number of questions about Victoria University’s decision to close the Sunbury Campus. The VPA asked Victoria University to explain its decision to close the campus and to outline their plans for delivering education into the future.

You can read Victoria University’s response here.

The site is over 32 hectares in area.

Some of the buildings and landscaped areas of the site are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The VPA will work with Heritage Victoria to ensure that the master plan respects the heritage values of the site.

The VPA are currently preparing a draft master plan, which will incorporate feedback received during phase 1 of community consultation. The draft master plan will be available for public comment.

How will the community and local businesses be affected?

Yes, open space will be included in the master plan.

In February 2015, Hume City Council endorsed a vision for the Sunbury Community, Arts and Cultural Precinct for an area to the east of Boilerhouse Road at Jacksons Hill. The VPA appreciates that a lot of valuable work has been already done by Council, stakeholders and community members to develop this vision. The master planning process for Jacksons Hill will incorporate this work completed to date.

Community Engagement

Yes, the ideas and inputs from community and stakeholder engagement will be key to developing a lasting plan that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community.

The VPA has compiled the feedback it received throughout phase 1 of community consultation, which ended in March 2017.

The Phase 1 community engagement report and the snapshot summary are available to view.

Questions arising from the Workshop

It is too early in the process to rule housing and other accommodation uses in or out. The VPA will be guided by the Five Key Principles (below) and outcomes of stakeholder engagement when preparing the future master plan.

The five principles to guide the development of the master plan:

  • Protect and celebrate the heritage values of the site
  • Strengthen the education, community and arts offering
  • Support a mix of complementary uses to build a vibrant place
  • Improve access to the site and surrounding areas
  • Require high quality design of buildings and public realm

The future draft master plan will provide guidance for land use and development. The master plan will not require particular management, leasing or ownership structures.

If the future Master Plan is approved by the Minister for Planning and subsequently implemented through a planning scheme amendment, the planning controls will be binding on any current or future owner of the site. The only way to change the planning controls will be through a new planning scheme amendment and associated consultation. Any request for an amendment requires approval from the Minister in order to proceed through an authorisation process.

Victoria University (VU) has previously prepared a plan for the site. This VU plan has no formal planning status. VPA is not basing future master planning on VU’s plan, however VU have provided VPA with some of the background information in order to assist with the planning process.

 

Supporting Documentation

Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill master plan presentation (VPA)
PDF Version
Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill Heritage presentation (CHC)
PDF Version
Jacksons Hill Master Planning (Victoria University)
PDF Version
Jacksons Hill Master Plan - Phase 1 community engagement report
PDF Version DOCX Version
Jacksons Hill Master Plan - Phase 1 Engagement Snapshot
PDF Version