Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment C228 to the Casey Planning Scheme

The Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan was approved by the Minister for Planning in December 2018 and gazetted in January 2019 under Amendment C228 to the Casey Planning Scheme.

To view a copy of the final amendment documentation, including the PSP, please see the links below:

Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan (December 2018)

Amendment C228

About the PSP

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Casey City Council and government agencies, has prepared this PSP to guide new urban development within the Minta Farm precinct area.

The Minta Farm Precinct has a total land area of approximately 285 hectares of land within the City of Casey and is around 40 kilometres south east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The site is generally bounded by the Princes Freeway to the north, Cardinia Creek to the east, Grices Road to the south and Soldiers Road to the west.

The Future Urban Structure (FUS) plan illustrates the vision for the development of approximately 3,043 dwellings and a regionally significant employment hub that is envisioned to support around 11,000 local jobs. The new Local Town Centre supporting a mix of commercial, office and knowledge-based and technology businesses, will provide opportunities for diverse range of employment close to home.

Minta Farm Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP)

The last stage of the planning process will be the approval of the  associated Infrastructure Contribution Plan (ICP) which will allow development of this area to begin.

For more information, please refer to the Fact Sheets below:

  • Fact sheet number 1 on the Public Land Act 2018 is available here.
  • Fact sheet number 2 on ICP implementation is available here.
  • Fact sheet number 3 on ICP requirements for changed approach is available here.

96A Permits

As part of the approval of the PSPs without an ICP, a special control has been put in place. This allows the development which is the subject of the S96A permit applications to be progressed when the associated ICP is approved.

Interactive Map of Minta Farm PSP

Project Information

The Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan (Amendment C228) has been approved. The last stage of the planning process will be the approval of the  associated Infrastructure Contribution Plan (ICP) which will allow development of this area to begin. This approval will allow for the creation of a new community, supporting 11,000 jobs and 3,043 dwellings. It will also capture money from developers towards the construction of building new infrastructure and services to support the community.

  • 81 hectares of employment land to support 11,000 jobs
  • 3,043 dwellings and 8,521 people
  • One local town centre
  • One sports reserve
  • One government primary school
  • One local integrated community centre
  • Eight local parks and one sports reserve
  • One conservation area adjacent to Cardinia Creek
  • Off-road cycling and shared paths along arterial roads, connector roads and within linear open spaces.

The Minta Farm PSP is located in Berwick, approximately 46km south-east of the Melbourne CBD, at the eastern edge of the south-east growth corridor.

The site is generally bounded by the Princes Freeway to the north, Cardinia Creek to the east, Grices Road to the south and Soldiers Road to the west.

The PSP plans for around 21 dwellings per hectare in defined areas around town centres, school and sports reserves and 11 to 16 dwellings per hectare adjacent to conservation areas to ensure the character of these areas are maintained.

Minta Farm will evolve to become a fully integrated business precinct with complementary residential development. It will have a local town centre with a supermarket, retail, entertainment, cafes and shops.

The town centre will be surrounded by office, commercial, Innovation and technology uses within the precinct. These areas will evolve over time to support knowledge-based jobs, working with nearby businesses in the future Berwick and Cardinia employment areas.

Planning for employment land means that land for businesses and jobs will be provided close to where people live in Melbourne’s south-east.

Bus routes are currently running along Grices and Soldiers Roads into the nearby residential precincts to the west. Over time, as further residential development continues, bus connectivity into the precinct will also be provided along the key road network.

Beaconsfield Railway Station is the nearest existing railway station, located 2.2km to the north of the precinct.

The plan will deliver a new north-south road to feed into the future O’Shea Road extension and the Princes Freeway. Soldiers Road will be closed at Grices Road once this new road is built, which will substantially reduce vehicles using Soldiers Road.

To ensure traffic is effectively managed, 1,000 lot cap will be implemented on the precinct until this new north-south road is delivered. In addition, the permit for 231 lots requires that new homes will not have direct access to Soldiers Road until the new road is built.

These measures will ensure that new infrastructure is delivered in line with growth, supporting both existing and new residents.

Yes, the Monash Stage 2 upgrade works includes funding toward improvements to O’Shea Road and a new connection to the Princes Freeway at Beaconsfield Interchange. The Major Roads Project Authority notes the Stage 2 works will:

  • add an extra lane in each direction to O’Shea Road between Clyde Road and Soldiers Road
  • extend O’Shea Road so it joins the interchange, add an inbound freeway off-ramp and an outbound freeway on-ramp
  • build shared walking and cycling paths on O’Shea Road between Clyde Road and the Beaconsfield Interchange.

Once the new north-south road is delivered within the precinct, Soldiers Road will be closed at Grices road, as the new road is intended to support north-south movements. In addition, the permit for subdivision does not allow new homes to have direct access to Soldiers Road until the new road is provided.

The precinct supports one new government primary school.

The PSP will create a 17-hectare conservation area along Cardinia Creek enhancing the protection of state listed migratory birds and important fish habitat. Access is supported by future tree lined boulevards, bike and shared paths.

Yes, this plan is within the existing Urban Growth Boundary.

Community Engagement

The amendment went through a full amendment process, which included public exhibition of the plan, two drop-in sessions during the exhibition process including planners to talk through the plan with surrounding residents.

Landowners and residents were able to make submissions on the plan, which was then reviewed and debated by an independent planning panel.

Infrastructure Contributions

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) are undertaking a review of the ICP process.

To ensure as little delay as possible, the VPA and DELWP have prioritised the ICP work program. It is expected that the ICP for Minta Farm will be submitted for Ministerial approval in early 2019.

For more information, please refer to the Fact Sheets below:

  • Fact sheet number 1 on the Public Land Act 2018 is available here.
  • Fact sheet number 2 on ICP implementation is available here.
  • Fact sheet number 3 on ICP requirements for changed approach is available here.

Supporting Documentation

Expert evidence index

This document outlines the expert evidence documents for the Minta Farm Planning Panel hearing.

DOCX  Version
Minta Farm community newsletter
PDF  Version
Minta Farm - Background Report (VPA) - October 2017
PDF  Version
Minta Farm Precinct Structure Plan - December 2018 (approved and gazetted)
PDF  Version