Amendment C159: Moreland Neighbourhood Centres Strategy

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About Amendment C159

Amendment C159 implements the Neighbourhood Centres Strategy 2017 (PDF 4Mb) into the Moreland Planning Scheme.

Neighbourhood Centres are clusters of shops, businesses and community facilities which, together with the availability of public transport, provide for the daily and weekly shopping and service needs of the local community. They are locations where housing growth and built form intensification is encouraged.

The preferred built form scale of four storeys in Neighbourhood Centres has been long established in the MSS and Neighbourhood Character Local Policy. This scale of change continues to be considered the right scale in order to create an urban character and accommodate housing growth commensurate with the role of Neighbourhood Centres in the overall activity centre hierarchy. The focus of the Strategy is not on setting a new building heights for Neighbourhood Centres, but on improving the design quality and amenity of development in Neighbourhood Centres.

Council Consideration of Panel Report and Adoption

On 8 March 2017 Council considered the recommendations of the Panel and resolved to adopt the amendment with changes.

The following amendment documents were submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval on 20 April 2017:

Decision by Minister for Planning

On 12 November 2017 the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C159 with changes. View the Minister's decision (PDF 530Kb). The amemdment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victorian Government Gazette. All submitters will be advised once the amendment is gazetted and full details are available.


Amendment C159 was gazetted on 14 December 2017. View the approved C159 Amendment.

Amendment C171

On 15 November 2017 Council resolved that following a decision being made on Amendment C159, to seek the Minister to prepare, authorise and approve Amendment C171 to the Moreland Planning Scheme, in accordance with Section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Amendment C171 seeks to reinstate the 3 storey areas originally proposed within the Neighbourhood Centres.

Council also resolved that should the Minister not approve the Brunswick West rezonings as part of Amendment C159, the rezonings on Union Street and Millward Street, within the Grantham/Union Streets, West Brunswick Neighbourhood Centre, be included within Amendment C171 in a manner that is consistent with the balance of Amendment C171 and supported by the Neighbourhood and Local Activity Centres Study February 2014 (that is rezoning to General Residential Zone Schedule 2). See futher details (PDF 44Mb).

More information

For further information, please phone Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 9384 9230 or email Strategic Planning.


While Moreland City Council has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information available on this website we take no responsibility for any financial loss incurred by reliance on the information contained herein noting that the strategy is a draft and is therefore subject to change.

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