Heidelberg Structure Plan

The Heidelberg Structure Plan is a place-based strategic framework that will guide growth and coordinate Council investment and activity in the Heidelberg Major Activity Centre over the next twenty years.

The Structure Plan builds upon the previous 2010 version and establishes the basis for the future application of an Activity Centre Zone (ACZ) in the Banyule Planning Scheme. Key elements of the plan include:

  • a framework for the whole Heidelberg centre
  • 6 precincts, each with its own vision, strategies and actions.
  • objectives and strategies for ‘Activity and Land Use’, ‘Built form and Character’, ‘Access and Connection’ and ‘Places for People: Public Realm and Open Space’.


See the ideas and objectives for each of the key precincts within the centre.

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What we did

Following the consultation period, we:

  • Collated and analysed all your feedback and provided a summary report on the community engagement finds.
  • Council considered all the feedback received prior to finalising the Plan. The Heidelberg Structure Plan was approved at its meeting on 6 December 2021.

Now that the Heidelberg Structure Plan is approved, we will:

  • Develop an implementation plan which will coordinate the proposed actions detailed in the Structure Plan, along with other Council activities and initiatives to ensure coordinated and timely outcomes are delivered.
  • Prepare an amendment to the Banyule Planning Scheme to implement the approved Heidelberg Structure Plan. This will include the application of the Activity Centre Zone (ACZ), which will set out the planning controls and guidelines required to assess planning permit applications. Once prepared, these proposed changes to the planning scheme will be publicly exhibited so that submissions can be made to provide feedback on the proposal.


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.

About the project

This project is an exciting chance to shape the future of the Heidelberg Activity Centre. 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.

Project stages

Development of the Final draft Heidelberg Structure Plan was completed in three stages over the last two years.

  • Stage 1 - assessed the performance of the Centre. We conducted extensive community engagement and commissioning several technical studies, including:
    • Economic Analysis
    • Built Form Review
    • Movement and Place Plan
    • Place Making Action Plan
  • Stage 2 - a set of key directions for the new Structure Plan was prepared. These were based on the key findings and recommendations from community consultation, stakeholder input and the technical background documents. This stage delivered initiatives, such as parklets and a pop up park, to support post COVID-19 recovery and community reconnection.
  • Stage 3 - a new Heidelberg Structure Plan has been developed. We are seeking feedback on the draft Plan, to make sure we have it right. Council will consider all your feedback before approving the Final Draft Heidelberg Structure Plan.
  • Stage 4 – the Final Draft Heidelberg Structure Plan was approved by Council in December 2021. A Planning Scheme Amendment is now being prepared to implement this Structure Plan in the Planning Scheme.

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