New Heritage Design Guidelines and Heritage Policy update
New Heritage Design Guidelines will be introduced as a background document to the planning scheme, following consultation in 2019.
The Heritage Design Guidelines are a user-friendly document, containing images and pictures alongside text. They explain to planning permit applicants what heritage outcomes are sought by Council and how they can be achieved.
The Heritage Design Guidelines comprise detailed guidelines for eleven development themes. They respond to key challenges and gaps identified by Council, including through public consultation on Heritage Here and Now program, the recommendations of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme Review Audit Report (2018) and internal reviews.
The Heritage Design Guidelines are proposed to be a background document to the planning scheme. Background documents do not form part of the planning scheme, but provide background and explanation to provisions (in this case, to the updated local heritage policy).
The Heritage policy (Clause 15.03-1L of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme) provides guidance on the retention and protection of heritage buildings and places, as well as on design that respects and complements heritage places.
The Heritage Policy has been updated to implement new Heritage Design Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, 2021), addressing policy gaps to include new strategies for conservation, significant trees and gardens, sustainability and services, relocation, fencing, signage, subdivision, and public realm and infrastructure. Updates also build on the existing policy with revised strategies and policies for demolition, visibility of additions and car parking.
In addition, references have been updated to the background documents Fishermans Bend Estate Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, revised 2021) and Garden City Estate Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, revised 2021), both of which have been endorsed by Council.
Otherwise the content has largely come from the existing policy in Clause 22.04 (Heritage policy) of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme.
View the strategic assessment report prepared alongside this policy.
This document shows where each part of the new policy has come from.
Changes to the schedule to Clause 43.01 of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme include:
- introduction of application requirements
- updates to reflect the new Heritage Design Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, 2021).
No changes are proposed to the list of places in the Heritage Overlay,
Updated Fishermans Bend Estate Heritage Design Guidelines and Garden Estate Heritage Design Guidelines
These Council-endorsed documents will remain as background documents to the planning scheme. The updates comprise generally minor changes to align with the new Heritage Design Guidelines and correct errors.
View the updated Fishermans Bend Estate Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, revised 2021).
View the updated Garden City Estate Guidelines (City of Port Phillip, revised 2021).
View further information about why these changes are required in the Heritage Strategic Assessment Report.
View further information about development in heritage areas on Council's Heritage Advice webpage.
View further information about Council's Heritage Program.