Urban Design Frameworks

An urban design framework (UDF) is a detailed planning and design document otherwise known as a strategic plan that sets a long term integrated design vision to guide the future use and development of an area.

Within the City of Melton’s growth areas, the preparation of UDFs are generally required through a Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) and its accompanying Schedule to Clause 37.07, the Urban Growth Zone before subdivision or development can occur.

Upon completion of a UDF, planning permit applications can be lodged within the UDF areas. Council planners will assess the permit application against the UDF (along with other relevant planning policy such as a PSP) to determine if the proposal is in line with the vision, requirements and guidelines of the UDF.

More information regarding approved UDFs can be found below.

Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework (CMAC UDF)

Melton City Council and Tract Consultants commenced work on the Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework (CMAC UDF) in August 2017.

The CMAC UDF was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 9 December 2019.

Replacing the Toolern Town Centre UDF 2012, the CMAC UDF covers approximately 100 hectares of land that is intersected north-south by Ferris Road and east –west by the Melbourne-Ballarat railway line.

The CMAC is designated in the State government’s metropolitan planning strategy, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 as an emerging metropolitan activity centre identified as ‘Toolern.’  Other metropolitan activity centres include Box Hill, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Epping, Footscray, Fountain Gate – Narre Warren, Frankston, Ringwood and Sunshine and the other emerging centre of Lockerbie.

Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 identifies a Metropolitan Activity Centre as a higher order centre providing a diverse range of jobs, activities and housing for regional catchments that are well serviced by public transport. Metropolitan Activity Centres also play a major service delivery role, through government, health, justice and education services as well as retail and commercial opportunities.

The adopted CMAC UDF can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre Urban Design Framework(PDF, 4MB)

Background and Technical Reports

At the beginning of the UDF process, a background report was prepared. The Background Report also included the Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use UDF (CEMU UDF) as both UDFs were prepared simultaneously.

The Background Report was finalised in February 2018 and was informed through technical reports for economics and traffic and transport. An industrial buffer assessment was later prepared and is acknowledged in the Background Report as an addendum.

Further into the UDF process, a transport strategic modelling report was undertaken for both CMAC and CEMU UDFs which informed the traffic network in the draft CMAC UDF.

The above mentioned documents can be downloaded from the links below as well as the consultation report from the draft CMAC UDF stage.

 

 

 

Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use Urban Design Framework (CEMU UDF)

Melton City Council and Tract Consultants commenced work on the Cobblebank Mixed Use and Employment Urban Design Framework (CEMU UDF) in August 2017.

The CEMU UDF was adopted at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 9 December 2019.

The CEMU UDF area is approximately 490 hectares in size and is bound by the Western Freeway to the north, Mt Cottrell Road to the east, the Melbourne-Ballarat railway line to the south and the Toolern Creek to the West.

CEMU provides land for future light industry, warehousing, big box retail and office, to facilitate local job creation. CEMU also provides opportunity for a mixed use precinct towards Toolern Creek.

The adopted CEMU UDF can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Cobblebank Employment and Mixed Use Urban Design Framework(PDF, 3MB)

Background and Technical Reports

At the beginning of the UDF process, a background report was prepared. The Background Report also included the Cobblebank Metropolitan Activity Centre UDF (CMAC UDF) as both UDFs were prepared simultaneously.

The Background Report was finalised in February 2018 and was informed through technical reports for economics and traffic and transport. An industrial buffer assessment was later prepared and is acknowledged in the Background Report as an addendum.

Further into the UDF process, a transport strategic modelling report was undertaken for both CEMU and CMAC UDFs which informed the traffic networks.

The above mentioned documents can be downloaded from the links below as well as the consultation report from the draft CEMU UDF stage.

 

 

Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF)

Council in collaboration with the Victorian Planning Authority commenced work on the Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework (UDF) in 2017.

The UDF was developed over the last 18 months by Melton City Council and Tract Consultants. The UDF was approved by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) Board in September 2019 and Adopted by Council on 14 October 2019.

The urban design framework is a detailed planning and design document that will guide the future development of the town centre and will provide the framework for assessing planning permit applications.

This town centre will be located near the Rockbank Train Station and serve the area as a hub for shopping, services, food and entertainment.

The Final Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework can be downloaded from the link below or can be viewed at Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton.

Rockbank Major Town Centre Urban Design Framework(PDF, 5MB)

Background and Technical Reports

As part of the Urban Design Framework (UDF) process, a background report was prepared. The Background report was finalised in February 2018 and included technical reports for Economics, Traffic, Servicing and Utilities and can be viewed from the link below.

Contact us

For more information about the above Urban Design Frameworks, please contact City Strategy on 9747 7200 or email citysupport@melton.vic.gov.au