PMP Printing Comprehensive Development Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in conjunction with Monash City Council to develop a Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) that will facilitate the renewal of the PMP Printing site for mixed-use development over the long term.
Located 18km from Melbourne’s CBD, PMP Printing is an 8 hectare site located on Browns Road, Clayton. It is currently used for manufacturing. The site is recognised by state government within the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster. The Monash City Council Industrial Land Use Strategy (2014) also identified the future potential for this site to be rezoned for non-industrial activities in 2014. Owners of the land have indicated that manufacturing at the site will cease in future years and are seeking to rezone the land to enable its renewal for housing, open space and commercial activities.
The site will take advantage of the benefits offered by its access to the Clayton Activity Centre, Clayton Railway station, Monash Medical Precinct and Monash University Clayton.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is an independent statutory authority that reports to the Victorian Minister for Planning and is a key source of strategic planning advice.
The VPA’s main task is to make sure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain great places to live. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, attractive public space and affordable housing for our growing population.
A comprehensive development plan outlines the style of development allowed in this precinct, consisting of a vision for the site, objectives, diagrams, tables, illustrations and requirements and guidelines for development.
The development contributions plan outlines the levies landowners and developers must pay to the state government and council to fund infrastructure and facilities for the new community.
The comprehensive development zone is a planning tool that formalises the allowable uses within the precinct to ensure any development of land is in accordance with the CDP.
A ‘mixed-use’ precinct is an area that has a variety of uses. In the case of this precinct, it will have housing, open spaces and commercial activities.
Council identified this land for future development in 2014 in the Monash Industrial Land Use Strategy. The strategy stated that the site had good potential to be rezoned due to its location in a residential area and close proximity to the Clayton Road shopping strip and the Clayton Railway Station.
In 2016, the Victorian Minister for Planning directed the VPA to assist in the preparation of amendment documentation for the site.
Throughout the planning process the VPA has worked in conjunction with Monash City Council to ensure any decisions made were in the best interest of the future community.
The VPA is creating a comprehensive development plan for this eight hectares of land because the existing occupant, PMP Printing, intends to vacate the site. This site is no longer suitable for industry, and without a plan in place it risks becoming an unattractive expanse that is out of character with the rest of the neighbourhood.
By developing this land, the precinct will better serve the community’s needs, providing housing, jobs and attractive parklands for new and existing residents.
Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing city, with our population increasing by more than 100,000 people per year. To accommodate this growth, it is essential that all of Melbourne’s land is used effectively, to serve the community’s needs. This area was once a hub of industry but it could now be put to better use.
Many areas across Melbourne are undergoing change, including changing land uses, urban renewal and new developments. With recently upgraded transport infrastructure and its close proximity to health and education facilities, the PMP Printing site is well placed to house new residents and workers.
The proposed development site is located between Browns Road, Carinish Road, Centre Road, Moriah Street and the former Clayton Primary School.
The VPA and Monash City Council are seeking feedback from local residents and land owners about potential opportunities for this land and input into its future design. There will be more opportunities to have input into the planning process for the site over coming months. Consultation with state government agencies and a series of independent background reports commissioned by the VPA and Monash City Council will also inform the draft plan.
For development to occur, Monash City Council must formally decide to rezone the existing land. Before council makes a decision, the proposal must first be exhibited for public consultation for 28 days, during which time residents and stakeholders can make submissions to the plan. The comprehensive development plan will then be brought to the council for a vote.