Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan

Amendment C234 to the Cardinia Shire Planning Scheme

Pakenham East has been identified as a project on the VPA’s Fast Track Program.

The Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan was reviewed by an independent panel in July 2018.

Pakenham East was submitted to the Department for approval by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) in October 2018. The VPA is continuing to work with Department Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) to resolve a number of matters. Both the VPA and DELWP are prioritising the finalisation of Pakenham East.

The VPA will be ensuring greater resources and prioritisation of the project’s finalisation occurs in a timely manner.

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

The VPA submitted Amendment C234 to the Minister for approval on 12 October 2018.

In October 2019 the Minister directed the VPA to provide notice to affected landowners of changes he proposes to make to the amendment that would result in the removal of four property parcels from the northern edge of the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan.

The Minister has referred all submissions received in relation to his proposed changes to an independent panel.

The Section 34 Panel to Cardinia Planning Scheme C234 concluded on 8 April 2020. As directed by the Panel, to view the VPA’s adopted Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan, refer to:

Once the Minister has received and considered the recommendations from the panel he will make a decision on the amendment.

Should you have any queries relating to this process please contact either David Portelli at the VPA on (03) 8644 8801 or Planning Panels Victoria on (03) 8392 5116

The Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan 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.

Pakenham East Infrastructure Contributions Plan

When the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan is completed, a standard levy Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) will also be incorporated in the Cardinia Planning Scheme. Infrastructure included in the ICP will be consistent with what was identified in the Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan.

As a standard levy ICP, the amendment will be approved via 20A process and will not be formally exhibited. The levy rates will be as per the standard levy rates set by the Minister for Planning.

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.

 

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.

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.

Supporting Documentation

Pakenham East (C234) - Precinct Structure Plan (Dec 2017_exhibition)
Pakenham East (C234) - Precinct Structure Plan (Dec 2017_exhibition) PDF  Version
Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan - Planning Panel - March 2020
Pakenham East Precinct Structure Plan - Planning Panel - March 2020 PDF  Version
Pakenham East (C234) - Panel directions
Pakenham East (C234) - Panel directions PDF  Version
C234 - Expert evidence index - October 2018
C234 - Expert evidence index - October 2018 DOCX  Version
Guide to Social Infrastructure Planning (ASR) - October 2009
Guide to Social Infrastructure Planning (ASR) - October 2009 PDF  Version
Planning for Community Infrastructure for Growth Areas (ASR) - April 2008
Planning for Community Infrastructure for Growth Areas (ASR) - April 2008 PDF  Version
Pakenham East newsletter - January 2017
Pakenham East newsletter - January 2017 PDF  Version
Pakenham East ICP handout - January 2017
Pakenham East ICP handout - January 2017 PDF  Version
Have Your Say - Pakenham East submission writing
Have Your Say - Pakenham East submission writing DOCX  Version
Submission 28 - Part 2_Redacted
Submission 28 - Part 2_Redacted PDF  Version