Highton Village Urban Design Framework

We are preparing an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Highton Village.

To help prepare the Plan we have formed a Design Team who are experts in urban design, landscape architecture, town planning and traffic engineering.

Why does Highton Village need a UDF?

The Village is thriving; the great businesses, the lovely garden character and unique shopping and dining experiences attract customers from far and wide. With this success brings challenges and opportunities for improvements.

It has been many years since the streetscapes in Highton Village were upgraded and many of the assets are looking tried. Parking and access can be difficult at times. The design of the infrastructure gives preference to cars over walkers and cyclists and this can be unsafe.

The UDF will include:

  • a community vision for the future Highton Village
  • an overall urban framework plan to guide future investment and developments
  • concept design of future streetscape upgrade works
  • access and movement plan for vehicles, walkers and cyclists
  • staged and costed implementation plan
  • design guidelines for new developments within and around the centre to enhance the village character.

Study area

The study area for the project is the shopping area of Belle Vue Avenue and the surrounding residential area identified for increased housing.

Issues paper

The Issues and Opportunities Paper outlines some of the key information about the centre and where our Design Team see opportunities for improvements.

Community consultation and engagement

Consultation is very important to the development of a successful plan.

We held the Shape Highton Village workshop session with residents, traders and local community groups on 14 November 2016 to help shape the Future Highton Village.

The draft plan was prepared using the findings of the design workshop. In September 2017, we concluded further consultation on the proposed new design. In May 2018, we received approximately 130 submissions and further considered survey responses refining the Belle Vue Avenue design options.

In January 2019 we conducted an additional survey to encourage you to have your say on the proposed alternatives.

There were lots of different views on the design of Belle Vue Avenue so we have to do some further refinements to the plans before we present it to Council.

We funded detailed design of the upgrade of the laneway area this year and work is underway on this part to keep the project moving.

Consultation with traders on the detailed design of the laneways is on hold due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Need to know more...

For a copy of the Draft Highton Urban Design Framework please email your request to: [email protected]

For further information on the project contact the Project Manager - Jess Hurse on 03 5272 4252 or [email protected]

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 May 2020