Fishermans Bend is Australia's largest urban renewal project covering approximately 455 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. It will consist of five precincts that are across two municipalities – the cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip and connects Melbourne's CBD to the bay.
It is expected that by 2050, it will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 60,000 people. The urban renewal of this area offers a city shaping opportunity of international significance.
In 2015, the Victorian Government announced details of recasting the planning of Fishermans Bend, putting people back into the decision making process while ensuring the area becomes a vibrant and sustainable community that supports jobs and economic growth.
The recast saw the urban renewal area of Fishermans Bend almost double in size with a large new employment precinct being added to Fishermans Bend's four distinct neighbourhoods.
Recasting Fishermans Bend will deliver much needed clarity, certainty and reassurance to surrounding communities and industry, and protect Fishermans Bend from over development while ensuring the provision of community infrastructure such as schools and services reflects best practice urban renewal.
Further information about Fishermans Bend can be found at www.fishermansbend.vic.gov.au
Interim built form controls introduced GC50
Interim mandatory built form controls and policy changes have been introduced to encourage employment uses, dwelling diversity and affordable housing in Fishermans Bend while permanent controls are being developed by the Fishermans Bend Taskforce.
The intention for the guidelines is to improve building and street amenity, which will lead to improvements in building design and streetscape. These guidelines provide stronger guidance on the type and scale of development that is expected in Fishermans Bend and address development context, site layout,
building design, microclimate, public space and landscape, transport and access, sustainability and infrastructure.
For further information, please refer to GC50.