Postcode 3081 UDF

We are pleased to be able to share the Draft Postcode 3081 Urban Deign Framework (PDF, 40 MB). The UDF sets out a Vision and a range of design objectives that will guide development in the area over the next twenty years.

Design Objectives and Strategies

The UDF sets out a range of Design Objectives and Strategies for development in area. These have been developed from background research and community consultation. View the overall Objectives and Strategies here.

Character & Redevelopment Areas

The UDF identified 5 Character Area and Key Redevelopment Sites. The Design Guidelines for each Area includes built form heights, setbacks and landscape requirements along with specific design outcomes.


Heidelberg West Urban Design Framework

The Heidelberg West Urban Design Framework (UDF) was on public exhibition until 3 November 2017. The exhibition period provided an opportunity for community members to give feedback on the draft UDF before a final version is formally adopted by Council.

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  • 1. Vision objectives and strategies

    The draft UDF sets out a vision, strategies and objectives that will guide urban development in Heidelberg West until 2050.

    Please leave any comments you have on vision, objectives and strategies in the relevant boxes below.

    2. Character areas

    The draft UDF identifies five future character areas for Heidelberg West. Each of these areas is envisaged to have a unique future character that is distinctive yet complementary of one another, whilst achieving affordable housing and innovation aspirations for the study area.

    Please leave any comments you have that you have on the design objectives and guidelines for each area in the relevant boxes below.

    3. Key development sites

    The draft UDF identifies three sites that may have greater redevelopment opportunities based on their land size, opportunity for consolidation, ownership clusters and accessibility.

    Please leave any comments about the identified sites in the relevant boxes below.

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    UDF draft


    What is an Urban Design Framework?

    An Urban Design Framework (UDF) is a map and guidelines that shapes the future built environment of an area. A UDF sets the long term vision for how an area will change and look over time, including where development should occur and which areas should be protected.

    Why are we developing a UDF for Heidelberg West?

    The objective of the Postcode 3081 UDF is to guide urban development in Postcode 3081 for the next 20 years.

    It will help Council make planning decisions and create certainty for developers and ensure that the things that the community value about the built environment are upheld.


    The vision for the future of Postcode 3081 was formed through a process of workshops and discussion between Council, stakeholders and the community.

    “Postcode 3081 will be a model balanced community featuring innovative and affordable medium density housing. It will be known for its social cohesion and attractively treed streetscapes.”

    Implementing the UDF

    Implementation of the UDF will encourage varying housing densities and spark urban regeneration and revitalisation in Postcode 3081 in areas that have been identified for change. The UDF will define a new future neighbourhood character that will take cues from the current character, including heritage and street trees, as well as from community vision for the area.

    Urban Design

    To ensure urban design outcomes are in line with the new neighbourhood character the UDF will outline:

    • Appropriate built form e.g. building density, height and setbacks
    • A landscaping strategy e.g. plan for maintaining the tree canopy within the urban environment
    • Future housing options e.g. potential for community housing in the area

    How will the UDF be developed?

    The UDF will be developed in three stages:

    • Stage 1: Background Analysis
    • Stage 2: Creating the Draft UDF
    • Stage 3: Prepare Final UDF


    The Urban Design Framework (UDF) and associated Planning Scheme controls will apply to areas zoned General Residential Zone Schedule 1 (GRZ1) in the Banyule Planning Scheme.

    General Residential Zones are areas where growth and housing diversity is anticipated. It is expected that the type of housing provided in these areas will evolve over time to provide more diverse forms of housing, but not at the expense of existing open garden character.

    There are several local policies and strategies that provide a starting point to create a UDF for the GRZ1 areas in Heidelberg West. These are outlined below:

    The Banyule Housing Strategy

    The Banyule Housing Strategy is a strategic plan for local housing that considers housing issues affecting local people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds. The Strategy reflects this planning and includes an Action Plan to guide Council actions for local housing towards 2030.

    The Housing Strategy established a Residential Areas Framework to guide housing growth and neighbourhood character. This framework has been implemented into the Banyule Planning Scheme as the Residential Areas Framework.

    Clause 21.06 Residential Areas Framework

    Clause 21.06 Residential Areas Framework sets out a vision for Heidelberg West’s residential renewal. Key points of this vision include:

    • Heidelberg West will be an ‘Accessible Area’ (which means that it is conveniently located to shopping facilities and public transport)
    • Public housing sites will provide well-designed redevelopment opportunities.
    • A new desired future neighbourhood character will support development opportunities. There will be a focus on Olympic Village, Bell Street Mall, public housing sites and larger properties, where there may be higher density opportunities.

    Clause 22.02 Residential Character Neighbourhood Precincts

    In July 2012 Council reviewed its Neighbourhood Character Strategy. This lead to a review of Clause 22.02 of the Banyule Planning Scheme, which included the redefinition of neighbourhood precincts.

    Clause 22.02 expands on the vision outlined in Clause 21.06, and indicates that The Garden Suburban Precinct 6 (to which Heidelberg West belongs) should accommodate change in a manner that enhances the preferred future character for the precinct.

    This means that in the future:

    • Canopy trees and under-storey vegetation will make a stronger contribution to the character of the area. Particularly in the spaces at the front and rear of buildings to reinforce the character of the street and soften the interface between dwellings.
    • New town houses and other medium density dwellings will be provided.
    • Greater housing densities will be located on sites that:

    - have a frontage to or share a boundary with the Bell Street Mall or Olympic Village Shopping Centre.
    - have a frontage onto Bell Street, Oriel Road, Waterdale Road, or Southern Road
    - are adjoining a public park west of McEwan Road

    • The area of a site covered by a building may be greater, if the desired tree protection and planting is achieved.
    • The treed and spacious feel of the streetscape character will be enhanced by ensuring front setbacks are large enough to plant a large tree and other vegetation.
    • Building heights may also be increased for these developments, with the higher components generally positioned towards the front of the site, and recessed from the lower levels to reduce their visual prominence and provide space for tree canopies.

    The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is developing a Framework Plan for the La Trobe Employment Cluster.

    A Framework Plan is a high-level and broad strategy that will:

    • Set out the future vision for the area
    • Guide sustainable future growth and development over the next 30 years
    • Identify the steps needed to manage growth
    • Define key projects and infrastructure required to support growth
    • Provide an improved and more certain environment for making both public and private investment decisions.

    This framework is being developed collaboratively with Banyule and Darebin Councils. It is anticipated that the Cluster’s framework will be completed in 2017 and the VPA will then progress a planning scheme amendment to implement the framework.

    Research for the framework has included comprehensive transport planning and modelling, population projections and housing growth estimates.

    The work done so far for the future Cluster framework has taken Banyule’s local area planning for the GRZ1 into consideration, and has identified key transport routes, potential boulevards and options for housing typology mix. Analysis and studies done by the VPA for the La Trobe Cluster will be a valuable input to the Heidelberg West UDF project.

    Current work on the cluster framework is pointing to Heidelberg West as an important place for residential growth and development between La Trobe University, Northland and Heidelberg Activity Centres.

    For more information regarding the Victorian Planning Authority and the Framework for the La Trobe Cluster please visit