Jacksons Hill site

 

Artist impression of Jacksons Hill facade of the main building

Amendment C232 to the Hume Planning Scheme

Amendment C232 makes changes to the Hume Planning Scheme to include the Jacksons Hill Master Plan as a reference document. The master plan was approved by the Minister for Planning and gazetted on the 8 November 2018.

Planning for Jacksons Hill

Jacksons Hill is an integral part of the Sunbury community. The 32 hectare site holds significance to its traditional Aboriginal owners and its impressive redbrick buildings have historically been used as for a variety of purposes, including a mental health facility and more recently, a university.

The master plan provides a guiding vision for Jacksons Hill and will propose for the site to have distinct precincts with their own character and uses.

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The Jacksons Hill Master Plan outlines key uses to achieve its vision for Jacksons Hill to be a …

“vibrant and sustainable precinct where heritage protection, creativity, learning and community are at the heart”.

The key directions that support the vision for Jacksons Hill are:

Community Arts Precinct

This is a catalyst project within the Master Plan, building on Hume City Council’s vision for the Sunbury Community, Arts and Cultural Precinct The Community Arts Precinct envisions a new slow-speed road connecting The Heights to Boilerhouse Road to open up this part of the site, and will be a thriving creative precinct for uses such as theatre performances, event spaces, community groups and artist studios.

Education and Open Space Precinct

This precinct supports a future government secondary school (or possibly a TAFE or tech school). The precinct will provide open space both in the interim and long term for use by both the public and a future school.

Jacksons Retreat

Jacksons Retreat will be a place for new townhouses and retirement living. The Master Plan identifies for car parking and pick-up/drop-off areas for the primary school to be retained and improved. New buildings are also encouraged to be set back from the former Manager’s Residence.

Schools Precinct

Sunbury Primary School and Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School play an important role in the Jacksons Hill community. The Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School is identified as a catalyst project in the Master Plan, with $10.8 million committed in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget for its renovation and expansion, which was a key idea raised during Phase 1 community engagement. The budget funding will enable the sensitive restoration of heritage-listed buildings and expansion into two additional buildings. A $3.5 million grant was also announced in the 2018/2019 Victorian Budget for a significant upgrade to the Sunbury Primary School buildings and facilities.

The Gateway

Located at the end of a key viewline along The Avenue, this is a place for people to live at different stages of life. Heritage buildings will be sensitively adapted to support apartments, short stay accommodation and retirement living.

The Hub

The Hub is at the centre of Jacksons Hill’s famous arc of heritage buildings. It is envisioned to be a thriving place with a mix of uses, including community meeting rooms, retail, cafés and functions.

The Landing

The Landing is envisioned to be a place for new homes and street-lined trees along the east, with height limits ensuring that view from higher on the hill are retained. Other features include public paths linking the rest of the precinct to the Jacksons Creek open space corridor, and a public road and landscaped buffer to separate houses from Western Water land.

The Loft

The Loft is envisioned to be a place for local beer and wine, food and boutique accommodation. It has assets such as the historic buildings and views across the valley, which will be popular with locals and visitors.

Village Heart

At the centre of Jacksons Hill is the Village Heart. In the centre of this space is the Village Green, which will be a meeting spot for the community and visitors. The Master Plan encourages adaptive reuse of the former hospital building, to support uses such as community and medical facilities and co-working spaces.

Background Information

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.

A master plan will provide certainty and clarity to outline future development on the site.

Jacksons Hill is a 32-hectare site in Sunbury that includes many striking red brick and bluestone heritage buildings and picturesque landscaped gardens.

Victoria University has been in possession of the site since 1997 and ran it as a university campus. However, in 2009 Victorian University closed the campus, because student enrolments did not reach a level that would make the campus financially viable.

The site will be redeveloped for community, education and residential uses in accordance with the master plan’s vision.

The site is over 32 hectares in area.

A master plan is a land-use plan that, when enforced through planning scheme amendments, reserves land for certain uses and includes guidelines for development. It includes direction on traffic movements, allocation of spaces, and provision of open space and key facilities.

Jacksons Hill is a historical site in Sunbury, Victoria. The 32 hectare site holds significance to its traditional Aboriginal owners and its impressive redbrick buildings have historically been used as a mental health facility, and university. It currently hosts a variety of uses, including schools, residential properties, and community spaces such as a performing arts theatre and a radio station.

Project Information

During the initial consultation, many Sunbury residents expressed concerns that the site was rather isolated, and as a result they felt unsafe in the area. By having people living there, a sense of community will establish and safety will improve.

In order to attract private sector residential development at Jacksons Hill, it is important that the site has commercial potential. By allowing a small component of housing to be built at the site, developers will help contribute to the cost of new public open space, landscaping, roads and cycle paths.

New buildings will not exceed the height of existing buildings on the site. In some areas, new buildings will also be significantly lower than existing building heights. This is to respect the landscape of Jacksons Hill and the existing heritage buildings.

The master plan encourages existing buildings registered under the Victorian Heritage Register to be protected and adaptively reused, where possible. CHC architects produced the Jacksons Hill Adaptive Reuse Study (published on the VPA website), which presents strategies for how buildings on site can be adapted for new uses. A small number of non-heritage listed buildings on the site may be considered for removal, however any removal would still require Heritage Victoria approval.

Changes to the broader road network are beyond the scope of the Jacksons Hill master planning process. However, improvements will be made for vehicles in the new development. Circular Drive will be upgraded to accommodate two-way traffic, and a new link will connect The Heights to Boilerhouse Road.

The master plan proposes that Circular Drive be widened to accommodate two-way traffic, including the capacity for buses. The provision of bus services will subject to assessment of public transport needs by Public Transport Victoria in line with its network planning.

The planning for Jacksons Hill will encourage detached houses, townhouses and low-scale apartments to be developed in certain areas of the site. Some existing heritage buildings may be adapted for apartments.

The Jacksons Hill Master Plan has been finalised and approved by the Minister for Planning. It is now a reference document in the Hume Planning Scheme. Specific planning controls for the site are likely to be prepared as part of a future amendment and included in the Hume Planning Scheme.

Key features of the master plan include:

  • A new arts and creative industries precinct
  • Upgrades to the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School and Sunbury Primary School
  • Widening Circular Drive to enable two-way traffic
  • Connecting The Heights to Boilerhouse Road
  • Providing new pedestrian and bike paths
  • Allowing the development of residential dwellings in some areas
  • Creating a new main street for Jacksons Hill
  • Setting building heights to match existing heritage buildings
  • Creating a ‘Village green’ open space at the centre of the site.

 

Up to 200 dwellings are proposed for the site, which may include townhouses, low-scale apartments and traditional detached homes.

Next Steps

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 has incorporated this work.

A master plan is a land-use plan that, when enforced through planning scheme amendments, reserves land for certain uses (ie: retail) and includes guidelines for development.

Applications for specific buildings – such as exhibition centres, community halls, cafes and hotels – are separate to the master plan.

However, the VPA has been facilitating discussions with various government departments, such as the Department of Education and Training and Hume City Council, about opportunities to invest in the site.

There is no set timeline for development to commence at Jacksons Hill. The master plan has now been finalised and has become a reference document under the Hume Planning Scheme. Specific planning controls for the site are likely to now be prepared and included in the Hume Planning Scheme.

The VPA and Hume City Council will be sure to keep stakeholders and the community informed with any updates.

Supporting Documentation

Jacksons Hill master plan (October 2018)
Jacksons Hill master plan (October 2018) PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 1 - December 2017
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 1 - December 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 2 - December 2017
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 2 - December 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 3 - December 2017
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 3 - December 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 4 - December 2017
Jacksons Hill - Adaptive Re-use Study (CHC) - PART 4 - December 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill Community Brochure - November 2017
Jacksons Hill Community Brochure - November 2017 PDF  Version
Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill master plan presentation (VPA) - February 2017
Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill master plan presentation (VPA) - February 2017 PDF  Version
Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill Heritage presentation (CHC) - February 2017
Community Ideas Workshop - Jacksons Hill Heritage presentation (CHC) - February 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill Master Planning (Victoria University) - February 2017
Jacksons Hill Master Planning (Victoria University) - February 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill draft master plan - community information session presentation (VPA) - December 2017
Jacksons Hill draft master plan - community information session presentation (VPA) - December 2017 PDF  Version
Jacksons Hill draft master plan - November 2017
Jacksons Hill draft master plan - November 2017 PDF  Version