Permanent height limits for Upper Ferntree Gully

The Andrews Labor Government has taken action to protect Upper Ferntree Gully’s stunning views of the Dandenong Foothills.

State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today announced that Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved Amendment c162 to the Knox Planning Scheme that sets permanent, mandatory height limits for the Upper Ferntree Gully Activity Centre.

The community has spoken and we’ve listened, and ensured development heights in the centre are limited to two storeys (nine metres).

The change will guarantee building heights align with other maximum heights in surrounding residential areas.

The Amendment will protect and build on the renowned character of Upper Ferntree Gully and contribute to the creation of 20-minute neighbourhoods, enabling residents to meet their day-to-day needs without travelling out of the area.

The Amendment also introduces a Heritage Overlay to the Visitors Information Centre and the Railway Station complex.

The Visitors Information Centre is an example of Art Deco architecture, while the railway station is the only surviving railway station in Knox to have retained much of its pre-World War I character. Both possess historic, aesthetic and social value that we won’t compromise.

Melbourne’s population is expected to reach eight million people by 2051, and activity centres are one of the ways we can accommodate more people, business and services – closer to home.

We’re getting the planning right in activity centres so that they become cornerstones of the liveability that makes Victoria a great place to live.

Quotes attributable to State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP

“We’ve listened to the Upper Ferntree Gully community and introduced strict, permanent controls that protect what makes the area so special to locals and tourists who love to visit.”

 “Upper Ferntree Gully is one of Melbourne’s most picturesque areas and deserves protection from inappropriate development. We’ve done just that.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP

“Activity Centres play a crucial role accommodating population growth, but we need to make sure they are developed sensibly and in line with community expectations.”


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