Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan

Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan

The Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan (the Plan) (PDF) guides the sustainable staged development of 143 hectares of the former quarry site over the next 20 years.

The Lilydale Quarry site is located on the southern edge of the Lilydale Activity Centre and interfaces educational, industrial, open space and residential areas. The land is bounded by Mooroolbark Road to the west, Maroondah Highway and Melba Avenue to the north, Hull Road to the south and residential neighbourhoods to the east and south east.

Lilydale Quarry Site With Hills In The Background Nov2020

The Plan identifies the location of approximately 3,000 future homes and the infrastructure needed to support the growing community such as roads and community facilities. It also outlines commercial land for employment and retail. This will provide certainty to the Lilydale community about what changes to expect on the former quarry site over the next 20 years.

The future site will build on Lilydale’s local character and celebrate its heritage from the Wurundjeri Traditional Owners through to its industrial use as a former limestone quarry.

 

Draft Amendment C193yran to the Yarra Range Planning Scheme

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has prepared draft Amendment C193yran to the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme for a Comprehensive Development Plan to rezone the land to a Comprehensive Development Zone to enable future decisions about the development of the site. The Plan identifies four precincts for housing and mixed use development:

  • Precinct 1 – Western Neighbourhood: Mix of detached and medium density housing with a commercial strip fronting Maroondah Highway on the northern edge
  • Precinct 2 – Heritage: Heritage Victoria listed elements of the former limestone processing area; mixed use including open space, creative industries and tourism
  • Precinct 3 – Eastern Neighbourhood: Mix of detached and medium density housing
  • Precinct 4 – Urban Core (central area of the development site): A proposed new train station surrounded by higher density housing, local retail, commercial and community uses including a future school and council facilities.

For more information, refer to the Lilydale Quarry Framework Plan – November 2020 (PDF).

VPA Fast Track Program

The Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program. You can read more about the VPA’s Fast Track Program here.

The project will use the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) prior to VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister for Planning’s consideration.

Have your say

The VPA invites submissions on the Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan. You can provide feedback until 5:00pm Friday 18 December 2020.

To register your attendance at a virtual meeting and for more information on making a submission to the Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan, head to the Victorian government’s EngageVIC platform here.

Background Information

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is an independent statutory authority that reports to the Victorian Minister for Planning and is a key source of strategic planning advice.

The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public space and affordable housing for our growing population.

A ‘mixed-use’ precinct is an area that has a variety of land uses. Lilydale Quarry will become a mixed-use precinct in the future, meaning housing, open spaces and commercial activities will be permitted on the site.

The Lilydale Quarry site is located within the municipality of Yarra Ranges, which means that the planning for this site must align with local and state planning objectives defined in the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme. The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has worked in an advisory capacity with Yarra Ranges Council to prepare the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and the planning scheme amendment documentation for this site.

The Lilydale Quarry site has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program. You can read more about the VPA’s Fast Track Program here.

The project will use the VPA Projects Standing Advisory Committee to consider unresolved matters and provide advice to the Minister and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) prior to VPA finalising the amendment for the Minister for Planning’s consideration.

The Lilydale Quarry site is privately owned by HBJ Lilydale Pty Ltd and is a joint venture between Intrapac Property, Brencorp Properties and Bayport.

Once the planning scheme amendment process is complete, developers and/or landowners within the site can apply for a planning permit to develop in line with the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

Project Information

Over time, the site will be converted from industrial land use as limestone quarry into a new community that incorporates diverse housing opportunities, local employment and high-quality public spaces.

New development will respond to the existing character of the area, and new low and medium-rise residential buildings may be built within the four precincts of the site. Building heights will transition to medium-rise residential buildings within the central urban core precinct, with low rise residential at the perimeter of the site in Precincts 1 and 3. Other changes will include new retail and community facilities, open space and new jobs, with a tourism and recreational area within precinct.

Development will occur gradually over a number of years with Precinct 1 being the first to be developed.

Previously, there was a large hill on the site (known as Cave Hill), which through extractive operations was levelled out across the site and then turned into a pit through quarrying operations.

The quarry is being filled with the excess soil from the previous hill. Significant progress has already been made in filling the quarry pit and the settlement of the fill will be monitored by geotechnical experts to ensure that it can be built upon. The quarry pit forms part of Precinct 4 which will contain higher density residential development and a mix of commercial, retail and community uses, centred around a proposed future train station.

No commitment has been made for the provision of a train station, but the developers of the site are committed to delivering a train station and will continue to advocate for its provision.

 

Yes. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has been consulted on the proposed development and will monitor the removal of contaminants to ensure it is safe. The developer is required to submit updated information on this issue to the EPA for approval.

Once the planning scheme amendment process is complete, developers and/or landowners within the site can apply to council for a planning permit to develop in line with the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).

The CDP and associated statutory documents will provide Yarra Ranges Council with a decision-making framework to consider future planning permit applications. This will allow changes in land use to proceed over time.

As a member of the nearby community, you are entitled to have your say on the proposed changes to the Lilydale Quarry site – even if you don’t own land within the site and even if the plan may not directly impact you.

More information on preparing a submission can be found online at www.engage.vic.gov.au/lilydale-quarry

Supporting Documentation

Lilydale Quarry - Background Report - Consultation - November 2020
Lilydale Quarry - Background Report - Consultation - November 2020 PDF  Version
Lilydale Quarry - Development Contributions (Urban Enterprise) October 2020
Lilydale Quarry - Development Contributions (Urban Enterprise) October 2020 PDF  Version
Lilydale Quarry - Community Needs Assessment (Ethos Urban) October 2020
Lilydale Quarry - Community Needs Assessment (Ethos Urban) October 2020 PDF  Version
Lilydale Quarry - Open Space Strategy (TCL) April 2020
Lilydale Quarry - Open Space Strategy (TCL) April 2020 PDF  Version
Lilydale Quarry - Project brochure - November 2020
Lilydale Quarry - Project brochure - November 2020 PDF  Version