Project update

During February and March 2020, we asked you to share your thoughts and ideas about the Heidelberg Activity Centre to help guide a new Structure Plan. Through two online surveys we gained a valuable insight into what is most important to you, and how you think the Centre is performing. The results of this have been captured in the Heidelberg Liveability Study. Here is a summary of the key findings, or you can read the full report.

Further review and analysis is now underway to explore the physical, economic and social changes that have taken place since the current Heidelberg Structure Plan was first adopted in 2007. This will build a clear picture of how we can best respond to the various challenges and opportunities (including COVID-19), to reimagine and deliver, through a new Structure Plan, a more vibrant, prosperous and connected future for the community.


This project is an exciting chance to shape the future of the Heidelberg Activity Centre. The current Heidelberg Structure Plan (see Background documents below) has been in place since 2007 and a review is now required. We want to build on Heidelberg’s unique features and produce a new community focused plan which delivers more jobs, attracts vibrant businesses, supports diverse and well-designed housing, is better connected and has inviting public open spaces. Whether you live, work or visit the centre your input is vital to ensure that the new Heidelberg Structure Plan reflects the community's values and priorities.

Thank you for your feedback, Your comments will help us develop a new structure plan for the Heidelberg Activity Centre. Feedback is now closed.

About the project

Development of a new Structure Plan for the Heidelberg Activity Centre will be completed in three stages over the next two years:

  • Stage 1 - assesses the performance of the Centre. This includes conducting extensive community engagement and commissioning several technical studies, including:
    • Economic Analysis
    • Built Form Review
    • Movement and Place Plan
    • Place Making Action Plan
  • Stage 2 - we will prepare a set of Strategic Directions for the new Structure Plan based on the key findings and recommendations of Stage 1. The community will be invited to give their feedback on this important step. The draft Strategic Directions will then be presented to Council for endorsement. This stage will also deliver some place-making initiatives to support post COVID19 recovery and community reconnection.
  • Stage 3 - a new Heidelberg Structur Plan will be developed. We will go back out to the community with this draft, to make sure we have it right. Council will consider all your feedback before adopting a final Structure Plan for Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg Activity Centre

The Heidelberg Activity Centre is bounded by the Yarra River, Brown Street, St Hellier Street, Waterdale Road and Banksia Street. It is a large and diverse area with a mix of retail and commercial services, residential properties, major hospitals, public transport and large parklands.

Aerial map of Heidelberg Activity Centre