South Geelong Station UDF: Connecting people and destinations

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 developments.

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 includes:

  • 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.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 24 September 2019