Officer Precinct Structure Plan

Officer Precinct Structure Plan (PSP)

Officer is located in Cardinia Shire, within Melbourne’s South East growth corridor, approximately 50 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne Central Business District.

A precinct structure plan (PSP) was prepared for Officer by Cardinia Shire Council and approved by the Minister for Planning in December 2011 (Amendment C149).

The Officer PSP applies to an area of approximately 1,021 hectares that is generally bound by the urban growth boundary to the north, future Officer employment precinct to the south, Gum Scrub Creek to the east and the Cardinia Creek Parklands and existing urban area of Beaconsfield to the west.

A key component of the Officer PSP is the town centre, which is identified as a major town centre in key strategic planning documents, including Plan Melbourne. The town centre includes new council offices, a civic centre, a train station and an adjoining government secondary school. However, to date, there has been little private investment in the additional services and facilities required by the growing community.

Amendment C232 to the Cardinia Shire Planning Scheme (Officer Town Centre Review)

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with Cardinia Shire Council, has started a review of the Officer PSP, focusing on the future Officer town centre. The review aims to unlock investment in the Officer town centre by simplifying and improving the flexibility of the planning controls that apply to the town centre. You can read more about objectives of the review here.

A comparison report has been produced to readily explain the differences between the previously approved Officer PSP and the PSP proposed under Amendment C232. The report sets out each page of the original PSP with the revised PSP. You can access the comparison report here.

You can read more in the project newsletter here.

Community drop-in sessions

The VPA and Cardinia Shire Council will host two drop-in information sessions about the draft amendment. These sessions will give you an opportunity to discuss the plan with the VPA and council planners.

Drop-in session 1

Tuesday 17 April 2018, between 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Drop-in session 2

Thursday 19 April 2018, between 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Both drop-ins will be hosted at the Cardinia Shire Council offices, 20 Siding Avenue, Officer


Making a submission to Amendment C232

Submissions to Amendment C232 will be accepted until Friday 27 April 2018.

Please click here to download instructions for writing a submission.

Submissions should be made in writing via one of the following steps:

  1. Completing the e-form below
  2. Emailing with the subject line Amendment C232
  3. Posting your submission to:

Victorian Planning Authority
c/- Amendment C232
Level 25, 35 Collins Street

Officer PSP - Town Centre Review
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Privacy disclaimer: Submissions are provided to the Victorian Planning Authority in accordance with Part 3 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Act). Submissions are part of an open public process where all parties affected by the planning scheme can provide input into the amendment. If you choose to make a submission, you consent to your submission being made public, and being identified as the author of the submission. As required by the Act, your submission will be made available for public inspection at the premises of the VPA until two months after gazettal of the resulting planning scheme amendment, and will also be made available to relevant Ministers and local councils, and other involved government agencies. In addition, your submission will be made available to developers, landowners, other submitters and interested parties on request. If you are a private individual, your contact details will be removed from your submission before it is released to parties outside government or local councils. Contact details do not include the address of land which is the subject of your submission. By making a submission, you also give permission for copyright material to be copied and made public. For further information consult the VPA website at or phone the VPA (9651-9600).

Review Process

The review process included a thorough assessment of the controls that apply to the Officer town centre, resulting in significant consolidation of much of this content. In particular, the review has removed a number of the more onerous and repetitive controls included in the PSP, while retaining the strategic intent of the document to plan for high-quality, engaging, urban development.

The review also included an assessment of the table of uses in the Urban Growth Zone Schedule 4, which sets out the land uses that are allowed in the town centre. The review has replaces the previously very complex table with standard residential and employment zones, for example Commercial 1 Zone. This will make it easier for planners and development applicants to understand how different parts of the town centre can be developed.

The review aims to simplify and consolidate many of the planning and design guidelines and other parts of the text relating to the Officer town centre. This will make it easier for applicants and planners to understand what is required of development in the town centre.

However, the review does not intend to make significant structural changes to the plans for the Officer town centre e.g. it does not plan to change the road network or location of parks.

All changes in the revised PSP are identified in both the contents page and body of the document by a note indicating content has been either ‘inserted’, ‘deleted’ or ‘amended by C232’. Page numbers are the same in the original and revised PSPs, so it is easy to directly compare the content of each.

Additionally, a comparison document is available, which sets out each page of the original and revised PSPs side-by-side.

The Officer Precinct Structure Plan 2011 and 2018 comparison document can be viewed here.

The current PSP includes a number of relatively prescriptive and repetitive controls that do not allow the flexibility and adaptability required to facilitate private sector investment. While the PSP is important in establishing a blueprint for the future town centre, it should allow applicants to interpret the plan appropriately. This flexibility enables a vibrant town centre that is able to adapt to changing commercial trends, and other changing circumstances.

This review will stimulate investment in the town centre by firstly, improving the flexibility of the controls applying to the town centre, removing barriers to development. Secondly, the review will standardise the residential and commercial zones applied by the Urban Growth Zone so applicants and planners have greater certainty about what can be built in the town centre.

The current approved PSP will continue to apply to land within the PSP, including the town centre, until the revised PSP is approved by the Minister for Planning. Planning permit applications for development can continue to be made, as long as they are in accordance with the existing PSP.

Background Information

A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land-use and infrastructure plan that guides the development of an area over time. A PSP includes a future urban structure, which details land uses, infrastructure and built-form outcomes to be reflected by development applications. Together with the broader planning framework, precinct structure planning is an important part of the Victorian Government’s strategy to address population growth, housing and employment demands.

Project Information

Officer is located in Cardinia Shire local government area, in the South-East Growth Corridor of Melbourne.

The Precinct is approximately 1,021 hectares of land and is located between the existing urban areas of Beaconsfield (to the west) and Pakenham (to the east), with the Urban Growth Boundary forming the northern boundary of the PSP and the future Officer Employment PSP to the south.

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in collaboration with Cardinia Shire Council, has undertaken a review of the Officer Precinct Structure Plan (PSP), focusing of sections that relate to the Officer town centre.

The PSP was originally prepared by Cardinia Shire Council in 2011, and guides the development of the Officer precinct and reserves land for key infrastructure, such as roads, local parks and community uses.

A revised draft PSP is now being exhibited for community feedback. Once approved, the Cardinia Planning Scheme will be amended to incorporate the revised PSP.

Next Steps

The Officer PSP will be on exhibition from 22 March until 27 April 2018.

Any interested parties are invited to make a submission on the draft revised plan by 27 April 2018.

Following consideration of submissions, the VPA will consult with submitters to refine the PSP as appropriate. Any submissions that cannot be resolved will be referred to an independent planning panel for consideration. If submissions are referred to a panel, Planning Panels Victoria will invite submitters to appear at a panel hearing in support of their submission

The VPA is responsible for preparing the revised PSP for Officer, however it cannot determine what or when development will occur in the town centre. The PSP establishes a blueprint for development, however the exact type and timing of development is determined by the owners of each land parcel. It is hoped that with increasing residential development in Officer and a simplified, revised PSP, private investment in the town should follow.

Supporting Documentation

Cardinia C232 Explanatory Report Exhibition
DOCX Version
Cardinia C232 Instruction Sheet Exhibition
DOCX Version
Officer Town Centre review - Community newsletter - March 2018
PDF Version
Comparison Report - Officer 2011 PSP & Officer 2018 PSP - March 2018
PDF Version