Amendment C203yran to the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme
The Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan was approved by the Minister for Planning and gazetted on 28 January 2022 under amendment C203yran to the Yarra Ranges Planning Scheme.
To view a copy of the final documents, including the Lilydale Quarry Comprehensive Development Plan refer to:
Standing Advisory Committee
Following public consultation, the Minister for Planning referred all submissions to the VPA Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) for consideration.
The SAC submitted its report to the Minister and the VPA on 15 July 2021.
To read the SAC report, refer to:
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) a Victorian Government statutory authority that plans for urban growth across Victoria. We report to the Minister for Planning.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live and work. This requires vision and long-term planning to ensure our growing population has equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public spaces and affordable housing.
We do this by working closely with councils, government agencies and the planning and development community on integrated land use and infrastructure coordination for new communities and strategically important precincts.
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 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).
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.