Wantirna Health Precinct

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is working in partnership with Knox City Council and State Government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Transport (DoT) to establish a new integrated health precinct for Wantirna. We will create a land use and development master plan for Wantirna Health Precinct informed by specialist technical investigations and key stakeholder and community engagement.

The plan will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary medical services, employment, education and research facilities, training opportunities, accommodation, access and transport. The plan and supporting planning scheme amendment will also facilitate the future development of the DoT land which has been identified as surplus to DoT needs.

Background

In July 2019, the VPA and Council engaged with the community about the key precinct issues and opportunities. The community had four priorities for the precinct:

  • Better access in and out of the precinct
  • Accessible parks and high-quality amenity
  • Minimum impact on the surrounding neighbourhood
  • Support for growing local jobs

You can view our full report on community feedback and ideas in the Community Engagement Summary – August 2019 (PDF) here

The Draft Masterplan

In October and November 2019, we released the draft Wantirna Health Precinct Masterplan.

The Draft Masterplan provides a holistic picture for all development across the precinct. The eastern portion controlled by DHHS will remain public land under the Knox Planning Scheme Public Use Zone (PUZ). Development of the public health land will be subject to approval by the Minister for Health. We propose rezoning the rest of the precinct to facilitate the development, with Knox City Council responsible for issuing future planning permits.

The Vision

The Wantirna Health Precinct is a vibrant, mixed-use community anchored by a new public hospital and nationally competitive health centre for Melbourne’s eastern region. Developed within a green and park-like setting, the precinct offers a natural, nurturing and sustainable environment that promotes health and wellbeing for patients, visitors, workers and residents.

The drafted image below is of the Masterplan of the Wantirna Health Precinct.

Masterplan drafted image of the Wantirna Health Precinct

You can read the Draft Masterplan Report (PDF) here.

Next Steps

In October and November 2019, we invited the community to have its say on the Draft Masterplan.

You can view the results of our community engagement in the Phase 2 Community Engagement Summary – January 2020 (PDF) here

The VPA and Knox City Council will consider all community feedback when preparing the final masterplan and draft Planning Scheme Amendment. We expect to finalise the masterplan by March 2020. Following this, the draft Planning Scheme Amendment will be handed over from the VPA to the Department of Transport (DoT) in April 2020 for DoT to run the formal amendment process.

Background Information

The majority of the land is owned by the state government, with parcels belonging to Department of Health and Human Services and VicRoads, there is also a parcel in private ownership.

Next Steps

Based on community input provided into the identification of issues and opportunities we have built a better understanding of the place. We have captured key matters to be addressed by the Masterplan and workshopped with Council, State government agencies and authorities and consultants. We now seek community feedback on the Draft Masterplan until 8 November 2019.

Further to the second phase of Community Consultation, the VPA will report the outcome to the Council. VPA will then finalise the Masterplan and prepare a Planning Scheme Amendment package to handover to Department of Transport (DOT). DOT will run the formal amendment process through Government Land Planning Services.

About the Precinct

Wantirna Health Precinct is a State significant health precinct and will help to support and complement existing health services in Wantirna and create new opportunities for a wide range of health-related services, employment, education and research.

As identified in Plan Melbourne (2017-2050), the purpose of health and education precincts is to stimulate innovation and create employment. Health and education precincts are of fundamental importance to the emerging knowledge economy and surrounding communities.

Located approximately 25km east of Melbourne CBD within the municipality of Knox, the Wantirna Health Precinct covers approximately 21.8 hectares of land in Wantirna. The site is located immediately to the west of Knox Private Hospital and includes Wantirna Health.

It is generally bounded by Eastlink Reserve to the west, Boronia Road to the north, Mountain Highway to the south-east, and Wantirna Road to the east.

Process

The VPA’s role is to provide a masterplan, an infrastructure funding plan and proposed Planning Scheme Amendment documentation for Wantirna Health Precinct.

To guide the preparation of the Masterplan, the VPA has convened a project steering group consisting of representatives from Knox City Council, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Transport and Eastern Health.

The Issues and Opportunities Paper provides an overview of Wantirna Health Precinct to support future land use planning of the site within a wider context. With consideration of planning policy, social and economic context, the paper identifies key issues and opportunities for the site.

This report has formed basis for the first phase of community engagement in July 2019.

In July 2019, the VPA and Council engaged with the community about the key precinct issues and opportunities and the following matters were of primary importance to the community:

  • Better access in and out of the precinct,
  • Desire for accessible parks and high-quality amenity,
  • Minimum impact on the surrounding neighbourhood, and
  • Support for growing local jobs.

The feedback and ideas were captured in the Wantirna Health Precinct Community Engagement Summary August 2019, available in the Supporting Documentation below.

The preparation of a Masterplan for Wantirna Health Precinct will provide a framework to guide the site’s transition towards a specialised health precinct that includes a wide range of complementary health services, employment, education and research facilities, housing, access and transport. The plan will help optimise the site opportunities and coordinate development on different land parcels over the long term.

The public health land is in a Public Use Zone (PUZ) and is owned and controlled by DHHS. This land will remain in the PUZ and future development will be subject to approval by the Minister for Health. The remainder of the precinct (DOT and AAG site) is envisaged to be rezoned to facilitate health related uses on site. The rezoning of these sites will be subject to approval by the Minister for Planning. Whilst DHHS site is exempt from planning approvals, land owners of DOT and AAG sites will be able to develop their land in accordance with the Masterplan. Knox City Council will be responsible for issuing future planning permits.

Infrastructure Contributions

An infrastructure funding plan will set out what transport and community infrastructure required to support the future development. The plan will identify how much money is needed for these items and then the costs will be apportioned to the various land parcels. The infrastructure funding plan will also identify who is responsible for delivering the infrastructure.

Supporting Documentation

Wantirna Draft Urban Design Background Report - 22 Oct 2019
Wantirna Draft Urban Design Background Report - 22 Oct 2019 PDF  Version
Draft Masterplan Report - 22 Oct 2019
Draft Masterplan Report - 22 Oct 2019 PDF  Version
Wantirna Health Precinct - Community Engagement Summary - August 2019
Wantirna Health Precinct - Community Engagement Summary - August 2019 PDF  Version
Wantirna Health Community Engagement Report January 2020
Wantirna Health Community Engagement Report January 2020 PDF  Version