Will building heights increase?

Building heights will increase in some precincts and reduce in others, but generally heights will remain the same as per the existing Activity Centre Zone (planning controls). We are proposing a range of mandatory and discretionary planning controls that will limit the volume of development but still accommodate the future population by allowing for design flexibility, comfort for people living in higher-density development, and quality public spaces.

Will we lose car parking spaces?

There will be no net loss of car parking in the activity centre. Some on-street parking is proposed to be reconfigured (such as on Alexandra Avenue – transforming right angle parking to parallel parking) and some are proposed to be removed so we can provide things like wider footpaths, bicycles lanes, and increased tree planting. Any loss of car parking spots will be made up for in other areas of MPAC, such as the proposed underground/aboveground multi-deck carpark on Shuter Street, and consolidated parking on the periphery of the activity centre.

Will the Plan and proposed controls stop overdevelopment?

MPAC is a Major Activity Centre, as identified in Plan Melbourne, and is expected to support Melbourne’s growing population by facilitating medium and higher density housing. The suite of planning controls we are proposing has been carefully developed through a series of rigorous testing and will stop inappropriate development.

The controls we are proposing for MPAC will allow a balance between providing certainty to the community regarding scale and size of development, whilst still encouraging design outcomes that enrich the fabric of the centre.

Through our rigorous testing of the controls, we found that preferred heights along with a series of mandatory controls (FARs, solar access controls, setbacks and building separation) provide the best outcome for MPAC and stop overdevelopment.

Why is Puckle Street being proposed to be one-way?

The changes to Puckle Street will transform it into an attractive and inviting place, enhancing the experience for shoppers and visitors. Making Puckle Street one-way westbound will reduce congestion at the Junction, allow for more generous footpaths and shared areas, and encourage more vibrant public spaces.

Other expected benefits for Puckle Street include:

  More trees to create a green ‘main street’ feel, and contribute to our target of 30% tree canopy cover

  Central zones prioritised for pedestrians to allow people to move more freely

  Small scale tenancies and thriving footpath trading

What does Floor Area Ratios (FARs) mean?

FAR is a density control that sets the total building floor area that can be developed based on the size of the piece of land – the ratio of development to land size. FARs are being proposed in the Activity Centre Zone on a site by site basis as a mandatory control that will limit the volume of development that can occur and still maximise design flexibility and amenity.

Why have we specifically used the term ‘non-residential’ in the planning controls?

The term ‘non-residential’ use is intended to capture commercial uses, as well as community, civic and cultural uses. A mix of uses will be required to meet the varied needs of a growing population in MPAC. While we recognise there is a need to encourage commercial uses in the centre, there may be instances where the other uses respond better to the site’s context.

What is the residual land value and why is it only an indicative figure in MPAC: Affordable Housing background document?

The residual land value (RLV) is a method for calculating the value of development land. In MPAC, this specifically relates to the underlying land value of planning approvals for development that exceed the Floor Area Ratio limits and qualify for the Affordable Housing Uplift. The $959 per sqm value established in MPAC: Affordable Housing, is indicative only as it is based current rates information which is subject to change based on periodic valuations. At the time of the request for an Affordable Housing Uplift, Council will determine the rate used to calculate the Uplift with the developer.

Why do we need to encourage more commercial uses?

Moonee Ponds Activity Centre is the primary activity centre in Moonee Valley, and we want to encourage employment growth and a diversity of businesses that can meet the needs of local residents and support a vibrant hub.

The current planning controls provide insufficient support for commercial development which leads to limited job creation. We estimate there will be demand for over 160,000 square metres of new employment floor space needed by 2040, with more than half of this expected to be in commercial employment floor space. This employment floor space will be required to support projections of an almost doubling of jobs.