Werribee Junction & Mambourin East Precinct Structure Plan
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is leading the concurrent preparation of the Werribee Junction and Mambourin East Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) and Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP). The VPA is undertaking preliminary technical investigations to inform detailed planning for these precincts and is working in partnership with Wyndham City Council, state government agencies and service authorities. The project is currently in the pre-commencement stage.
Werribee Junction Precinct Structure Plan
The Werribee Junction precinct was identified as a ‘logical inclusion’ within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee in 2011. An Act of Parliament approved a subsequent amendment to expand the UGB to include Werribee Junction in 2012. The Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee identified potential for employment land uses, with potential for a small area of residential land and associated open space.
The precinct is located approximately 30 kilometres southwest of central Melbourne and the majority of it is identified as a ‘regionally significant industrial precinct’ by the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP). Overall, the precinct covers an area of approximately 1,142 hectares.
As this area was not included in the Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA) and is not covered by the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Melbourne’s Growth Corridors (2013), the precinct will require a biodiversity assessment to determine conservation values.
Mambourin East Precinct Structure Plan
The Mambourin East precinct is a ‘regionally significant industrial precinct’ as identified in the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP). The West Growth Corridor Plan (PDF) also identifies this land as industrial.
The Precinct is located approximately 33 kilometres southwest of central Melbourne and covers an area of about 561 hectares.
Prior to the formal commencement of the project, the VPA is undertaking targeted technical reports to understand the constraints and opportunities of the two precincts. The targeted technical reports have been used to inform a Threshold Assessment, which seeks to compare different potential scenarios for urban development. A draft Threshold Assessment Report is currently in the process of being validated by relevant agency partners. If the Threshold Assessment Report recommends that the project progress, the VPA will commence third party funding negotiations with landowners.
Interactive map of Werribee Junction & Mambourin East Precinct Structure Plan
A Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) is a land use and infrastructure plan to guide the development of an area over time. It provides certainty for community members and developers by providing a long-term vision for how an area will develop in the future.
A PSP sets out the preferred locations of residential and employment land and infrastructure, and provides guidance for transport and parking, urban design, heritage and character, open spaces and integrated water management.
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.
An Infrastructure Contributions Plan (ICP) is a simplified system for funding basic and essential local infrastructure required for a new community.
An ICP ensures that developers within a new precinct contribute to the cost of providing new intersections, local open space and community facilities.
An ICP may be made of one or two parts: a standard levy and/or a supplementary levy. The standard levy is a pre-set rate that may be used to fund transport, community and recreation infrastructure and public land provision. In particular circumstances, a supplementary levy may also apply to fund additional infrastructure needs.
For further information, refer to Infrastructure Contributions Plans.
The draft plans will consider the:
- Existing natural features of the precincts;
- Surrounding land uses;
- Infrastructure needs of the community; and
- Relevant State Government policies and strategies.
Several technical investigations will be undertaken to support the draft plans including but not limited to:
- Arboricultural assessment;
- Post-settlement heritage assessment;
- Aboriginal cultural heritage impact assessment;
- Aboriginal cultural values assessment;
- Land capability assessment;
- Soils assessment;
- High level servicing assessment;
- Biodiversity assessment;
- Economic and retail needs assessment;
- Transport assessments;
- Landscape and visual impact assessment;
- Integrated water management (IWM) assessments; and
- Bushfire assessments.
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) will prepare the draft plans with the assistance of:
- Wyndham City Council;
- State Government agencies;
- Service authorities; and
- Landowners and other interested stakeholders.
The Werribee Junction precinct is bounded by Bulban Road and the Melbourne-Geelong Railway line to the north, Alfred Road PSP to the east, Princes Freeway to the south, and the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and alignment of the future Outer Metropolitan Ring Road to the west.
The Mambourin East precinct is bounded by the Future Bayview PSP to the north, Black Forest Road South PSP to the east, the Melbourne-Geelong Railway line to the south, and the UGB and alignment of the future Outer Metropolitan Ring Road to the west.
The Werribee Junction and Mambourin East precincts have been earmarked for urban development, as they form part of Melbourne’s West Growth Corridor (PDF).
Melbourne’s growth corridors seek to deliver planning frameworks to maintain zoned capacity to accommodate approximately 15 years’ residential land supply and one new job for each new household in PSP areas.
Both precincts are identified as a ‘regionally significant industrial precinct’ by the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP) which is an important strategic planning consideration that gives weight to preparing the adjoining PSPs concurrently to ensure the most appropriate strategic outcome is achieved.
The VPA is working to deliver on the Victorian Government’s objectives to speed up the delivery of new housing and employment in Melbourne to meet the needs of a growing population and provide homes and jobs for Victorians.
Both precincts are identified as a ‘regionally significant industrial precinct’ (RSIP), under the Melbourne Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan (MICLUP). MICLUP identifies state, regionally and locally significant industrial and commercial precincts across Greater Melbourne.
Regionally significant industrial precincts are defined as key industrial areas that contribute significantly to local and regional economies. Some of these areas are well-established and support a range of industrial uses while others are still in the process of transitioning and supporting new uses. Some RSIPs include future employment areas identified through Growth Corridor Plans. These areas need to be planned for as key industrial areas that can transition to a broader range of employment opportunities.