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Fishermans Bend Plan Released_____

Fishermans Bend Plan Released

Premier Napthine and Planning Minister Guy today released two much-anticipated plans outlining the future vision for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, representing approximately 250 hectares of land close to Melbourne's CBD.

Tract is proud to have worked closely with Places Victoria, providing planning and urban design services which have contributed to the vision outlined today.

Fishermans Bend is seen as providing an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to live closer to existing jobs, services, public spaces and transport connections. It has been identified as having the potential to be home to more than 40,000 jobs and 80,000 residents by 2050. This 0.5:1 jobs-to-people ratio contrasts with Docklands, which enjoys a ratio of 3:1.

The participation and support of the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip in today's announcement seems to dispel fears that there would not be local support and involvement in future planning for Fishermans Bend.

Building heights will transition from a maximum of 4 storeys at the interface with established residential areas such as Port Melbourne and Garden City, to 18 storeys in parts of the Wirraway and Montague precincts. The vision provides for higher towers above podiums of around 5 storeys in precincts close to the Yarra and the existing South Wharf precinct.
Ten "Key Moves" further refine the Vision, including:
  • Growing central Melbourne around the Yarra River, with major commercial centres to be developed around proposed transport hubs close to South Wharf and Docklands.
  • Linking the city to the bay. A new civic spine, an extension of Collins Street, will carry a tram service, new pedestrian and cycle Yarra River crossings and a series of public spaces and squares.
  • Integration with the rail network. In the long term, the potential for 2 new stations on Melbourne's future Metro rail network will provide high-capacity connections from Fishermans Bend to the City Loop, as a city-side extension of the South Morang/Mernda rail line.
  • Extending Melbourne's parks to the bay. New linear parks from Westgate Park, along the Bolte Bridge corridor and along the 109 tram corridor will connect to inner Melbourne's existing metropolitan park network.
  • Centres for local communities. Within Fishermans Bend, 2 "primary centres" and 3 "secondary centres" are identified as the sites of retail, entertainment, education and culture.
Also released today were interim design guidelines, which are intended to provide developers and architects with detailed guidance about how the planning objectives for Fishermans Bend can be realised on a site-by-site basis.

The Vision and interim guidelines released today are open for public comment and consultation until 22 November 2013. Feedback received will inform a Strategic Framework Plan to be released in Summer, 2014.

The Development Contributions Plan (DCP) which will apply to Fishermans Bend has not yet been released, but is likely to emerge as preparation of the Strategic Framework Plan proceeds.

A full copy of the draft Vision and the interim design guidelines can be downloaded from Places Victoria website.

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