We are developing an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for South
Geelong Station. This was a recommendation of the City of Greater Geelong’s Settlement Strategy which was adopted in October 2018.
The Settlement Strategy calls for an investigation into the infill opportunities along the ‘rail corridor precinct’, from North Geelong Station through to Breakwater.
South Geelong has been recognised as an Increased Housing Diversity Area (IHDA), which aims to maximise the potential of a mix of housing types in appropriate precincts.
The IHDAs are focused around activity centres (neighbourhood and higher order centres) and the North Geelong, South Geelong, Lara and Marshall railway stations
This will help meet population demand by providing for greater housing choice in established suburbs.
What is a UDF?
An Urban Design Framework sets out how an area will grow and
develop in the future – what public spaces and places look like and how they
function; land uses and development guidelines.
The UDF helps an area look and work the way people want it
to. It also helps bring certainty to decision making about any new
Recommendations of a UDF are fed into capital budgets, guidelines
and planning zones for implementations. A completed UDF is the result of a
structured process of preparation and consultation. The package typically
- A record of the analysis
- A description of the issues considered
- A framework plan to identify key action areas
and important relationships
- A set of development principles
- Visualisations of key design concepts
- Action plans for non-physical opportunities
- An implementation strategy.
What is the purpose of this project?
This project will deliver an Urban Design Framework for the
South Geelong station area that:
- Promotes mixed use development that increases the residential population of the precinct and the surrounding neighbourhood and that integrates with the established heritage character of the area
- Identifies built form objectives and design guidelines for the precinct
- Investigates opportunities to re-use road reserves within the area
- Identifies key sites within the precinct, including those for redevelopment and how to overcome barriers to investment
- Considers the role of existing areas of open space within the precinct and how those can be integrated with future development
- Promotes walking and cycling trips within the area
- Considers how parking should be shared and managed in the area in the future
Why should we prepare a UDF?
- South Geelong can play a
leading role in delivering our Clever and Creative future.
- The City needs to respond to
population growth, by providing more housing in both outer (green field)
and established areas. Planning policy has for a number of years
identified locations around train stations and shopping centres as most
appropriate for increasing housing density.
- A UDF provides an opportunity to develop a shared
vision for the future of the area. It helps guide sustainable future
growth and development including built form outcomes, streetscape design,
traffic and pedestrian movements, car parking and land use, and assists in
the assessment of future development proposals.
- The City needs to balance
competing costs and priorities. A UDF provides design principles and
recommends improvements to existing and future infrastructure to help
guide capital investment in the short, medium and long term.
- We want to make sure this
special area continues to thrive and that its full potential is unlocked.
- We want to make sure that
our heritage is respected and protected, and that future development works
within the Heritage Overlays that protect significant areas.
- Consultation will be a key
component of this process and is vital for a successful UDF.
What's the latest news?
In July and August 2019, we organised externally-facilitated South Geelong Station UDF community
workshops - 110 community members took part. This gave residents an opportunity to
highlight what the community values about the area;
what’s working well and not working so well and what the precinct should look
like and be like in the future. An Unedited Outputs Report from these
workshops is available below.
Alongside the workshops, 376
community members provided their feedback through an online survey. An Online Survey Summary Report
is available below.