Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment C234 to the Cardinia Shire Planning Scheme

The Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) has been prepared by the Cardinia Shire Council (Council) and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), in consultation with government agencies, service authorities and major stakeholders.

The PSP applies to approximately 630 hectares of land generally bounded by Deep Creek and Ryan Road to the west, Mount Ararat Road North and South to the east and the Princes Freeway to the south. The northern boundary of the Precinct dissects a number of properties south of Seymour Road.

Pakenham East will be a self-sustaining and predominantly residential community that complements the existing Pakenham Township and urban form. Pakenham East will support one local town centre and a local convenience centre, and two local sports reserves offering a variety of sport and recreation opportunities. The area will also include 2 government primary schools, a government secondary school, a non-government primary school, and a range of local parks and waterways within walking distance of residents.

Interactive map of the Pakenham East PSP

Background Information

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Cardinia Shire Council have prepared the draft Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan, to guide new urban development and reserve land for key infrastructure within the precinct.

Alongside the PSP, a native vegetation precinct plan is also being exhibited. A draft PSP is now being exhibited for community feedback. The draft plan proposes new homes and jobs, local parks, community uses and key infrastructure. Once approved, the Cardinia Planning Scheme will be amended to incorporate the final PSP.

A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land-use and infrastructure plan to guide development of the area over time. It sets out the intended future land uses, infrastructure and development guidelines.

A NVPP provides for the strategic management of native vegetation for a defined area or precinct. A NVPP identifies the native vegetation that can be removed and the vegetation to be protected, based on the conservation significance and land protection role of the vegetation and the broader strategic planning objectives for the precinct.

Yes, this is within Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary. The land is currently zoned Farming Zone and as a result this PSP seeks to rezone much of the land. This land was introduced to the Urban Growth Boundary as part of the logical inclusions process in 2012. The Pakenham East precinct is the natural progression of the existing Pakenham township.

Project Information

The draft plan applies to 630 hectares of land bounded by green wedge land to the north, Mt Ararat Road to the east, the Princes Freeway to the south and Ryan Road and Deep Creek to the west.

The vision is for a sustainable, peaceful community with plenty of open space, well-connected streets, future schools and a local town centre. It will complement Pakenham, with an extensive network of cycling paths, public transport and pedestrian links to central Pakenham.

The main features proposed by the PSP are:

  • 7,100 dwellings
  • 1,300 jobs
  • 43 hectares of open space comprised of local parks and sports reserves
  • One local town centre
  • Two local sports reserves
  • Two government primary schools
  • Government secondary school
  • Non-government primary school
  • A range of parks and waterways.

There will be 1,300 jobs based in the precinct, and a new train depot is being built just south of the precinct. The depot will eventually house maintenance facilities for the fleet of new trains, a stabling yard for 30 trains, and a high-tech driver-training simulator.

Furthermore, jobs have been growing steadily throughout the wider Cardinia area. Recent census data shows that between 2011–2016 there were an additional 6569 jobs created in Cardinia, providing ample opportunities for residents to work locally. Major centres in the municipality include central Pakenham, Emerald and Koo-Wee-Rup.

16.5 dwellings per hectare.

Pakenham Train Station is 4km from the precinct.

 

Why is this work happening?

Melbourne’s population is growing, and key Victorian Government planning policies, including Plan Melbourne and Homes for Victorians, acknowledge the importance of increasing housing options and affordability.

This PSP is part of the Victorian Government’s 100,000 lots programs, which commits to unlocking land for an additional 100,000 lots in Melbourne’s growth areas by the end of 2018. By creating new communities in our greenfields, we will boost supply and keep housing prices in check.

Infrastructure Contributions

The Pakenham East Infrastructure Contributions Plan will ensure developers contribute towards the cost of community and state infrastructure. This will be incorporated into the Cardinia Planning Scheme via separate Amendment.

Future Changes

Yes, the Amendment does propose to rezone some land. Land East of Deep Creek from Farming Zone to Urban Growth Zone Schedule 5 and land between Deep Creek and Ryan Road from Low Density Residential Zone Schedule 2 to Urban Growth Zone Schedule 5.

The PSP will create a self-contained community with local retail, education, community, health and recreation services. The PSP will also deliver access from local roads onto the Princess Highway, and pedestrian and cycle links along the Princes Highway to Pakenham and to Pakenham train station along the existing Pakenham rail corridor.

Next Steps

After exhibition closes the Victorian Planning Authority will review all submissions. If all submissions cannot be resolved, the plan may be referred to an independent planning panel to review.

How will the community and local businesses be affected?

Deep Creek will be protected by a drainage reserve of up to 100m in width to manage drainage and protect vegetation and water quality.

Supporting Documentation

Cardinia C234 Explanatory Report - January 2018
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Cardinia C234 Instruction Sheet
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Pakenham East (C234) - Precinct Structure Plan (Dec 2017_exhibition)
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Pakenham East (C234) - Panel directions
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C234 - Expert evidence index - October 2018
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Guide to Social Infrastructure Planning (ASR) - October 2009
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Planning for Community Infrastructure for Growth Areas (ASR) - April 2008
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Pakenham East newsletter - January 2017
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Pakenham East ICP handout - January 2017
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Have Your Say - Pakenham East submission writing
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