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About the Brunswick Structure Plan

The Brunswick Structure Plan has been adopted by Council to guide the evolution and growth of Brunswick over the next 10-15 years. The plan takes into account the views of the community and various stakeholders, as well as the diversity, historical fabric and special character of Brunswick.

The Brunswick Structure Plan includes:

  • building design and height guidelines
  • provision to create more housing
  • more retail and commercial space thereby creating local job opportunities
  • people friendly streets and parks
  • better cycling, pedestrian and public transport links, and
  • building on the character and uniqueness of Brunswick.

Addendum to the Brunswick Structure Plan

An addendum to the Brunswick Structure Plan was adopted by Council on 13 June 2012.

This addendum supersedes a number of built form guidelines relating to building height, street setbacks, upper storey setbacks and active frontage types. It also redefines the boundary of the activity centre to exclude areas not part of a Local Area Precinct (Brunswick Core Industry and Employment Precinct, Holmes Street and east-west streets).

For more information about the addendum, see Minutes from the 13 June 2012 Council meeting (PDF 2Mb).

Implementation of the Brunswick Structure Plan

The Brunswick Structure Plan is currently proposed to be implemented into the Merri-bek Planning Scheme via Amendment C134: Brunswick Major Activity Centre Structure Plan.

Council have adopted a place management approach to managing change and have appointed a place manager for each Council structure plan. 

Place management is the mechanism for managing the wide range of issues, challenges and opportunities that face an activity area every day. It is a management approach that enables issues to be pursued in an integrated, coordinated way to achieve the economic, social and environmental potential of an activity area.

This approach recognises the complexity of managing change in Brunswick and the need to focus on both the big picture and improving and influencing day-to-day service delivery.

Brunswick Structure Plan documents

The Brunswick Structure Plan consists of two volumes, an addendum and addendum map. These files are optimised for web viewing and will not produce high quality printed versions.

Printed copies of the Brunswick Structure Plan are also available from the Brunswick Library and Council Customer Service Centres.

Further information about the Brunswick structure plan

For more information on the Brunswick Structure Plan and the place management approach to managing change in Brunswick, contact Council.

About Amendment C134 and Brunswick Activity Centre

The Brunswick Activity Centre is currently experiencing rapid change. Significant population and employment growth has brought with it challenges to maintaining and improving its liveability as a unique and diverse place within metropolitan Melbourne.

Amendment C134 proposes to implement the land use and built form directions from the Brunswick Structure Plan (2010), Brunswick Structure Plan Addendum (2012) and Sydney Road and Upfield Corridor Strategic Framework Plan (2014).


Significant features of the amendment include:

  • Changes to the Local Planning Policy Framework (LPPF) to implement Council’s strategic plans
  • Rezoning strategically selected parcels of land to allow for urban renewal
  • Appplication of three new Design and Development Overlays that provide built form guidance for new developments, and
  • Application of the Environmental Audit Overlay to sites identified as potentially contaminated land.

The amendment relates to the Brunswick Activity Centre (BAC) and applies to the Sydney Road and Upfield Corridor, Lygon Street local area and Nicholson Street local area as identified in Brunswick Structure Plan (BSP), Brunswick Structure Plan Addendum and Sydney Road and Upfield Corridor Strategic Framework Plan (2014).

Status update (August 2016)

On 3 August 2016, the Minister for Planning approved C134. Notice of the approved amendment was advertised in the Government Gazette on 11 August 2016 which is when the chages were formally introduced into the Merri-bek Planning Scheme.

The following amendment documents were approved by the Minister and now form part of the Merri-bek Planning Scheme:

C134 - Clause 21.02 (PDF 1Mb)

C134 - Clause 21.03 (PDF 71Kb)

C134 - Clause 21.04 (PDF 23Kb)

C134 - Clause 43.02 Schedule 18 (DDO18) (PDF 5Mb)

C134 - Clause 43.02 Schedule 19 (DDO19) (PDF 2Mb)

C134 - Clause 43.02 Schedule 20 (DD020) (PDF 1Mb)

C134 - Map 1 Zone Map 15 (PDF 160Kb)

C134 - Map 2 Zone Map 14 (PDF 140Kb)

C134 - Map 3 Zone Map 14 (PDF 106Kb)

C134 - Map 4 Zone Map 14 (PDF 128Kb)

C134 - Map 5 Zone Map 14 and 15 (PDF 106Kb)

C134 - Map 6 Environmental Audit Overlay Map 15 (PDF 288Kb)

C134 - Map 7 Environmental Audit Overlay Map 14 and 15 (PDF 249Kb)

C134 - Map 8 Design and Development Overlay Map 11 (PDF 465Kb)

C134 - Map 9 Design and Development Overlay Map 14 (PDF 384Kb)

C134 - Map 10 Design and Development Overlay Map 15 (PDF 350Kb)

C134 - Map 11 Delete Design and Development Overlay Map 14 (PDF 185Kb)

C134 - Map 12 Delete Design and Development Overlay Map 14 (PDF 136Kb)

C134 - Map 13 Delete Design and Development Overlay Map 14 (PDF 100Kb)

C134 - Map 14 Delete Design and Development Overlay Map 14 (PDF 163Kb)

Further documents and reports

C134 - Officer Report to Council - 8 July 2015 (PDF 31Mb)

C134 - Adopted Council Meeting Minutes - 8 July 2015

Independent Panel Report

C134 Panel Report (PDF 4Mb)

Expert Witness Reports for Planning Panels Victoria Hearing (February 2015)

Urban Design - Mark Sheppard, David Lock Associates (PDF 11Mb)

Urban Design - Simon McPherson, SJB Urban (PDF 5Mb)

Heritage - David Helms, Context (PDF 1Mb)

Supporting documents

Sydney Road/Upfield Corridor Strategic Framework Plan (PDF 10Mb)

Statutory Implementation Options for Industrial Precincts in Brunswick MAC - March 2011 (prepared by SGS Economics and Planning) (PDF 17Mb)

Brunswick Precinct Industrial Rezoning Model Study Report - July 2010 (prepared by Planisphere) (PDF 9Mb)

Moreland Industrial Land Strategy 2015-30 (PDF, 13.4MB)

Brunswick Major Activity Centre Environmental Audit Overlay Assessment 15 Dec 2011 (PDF 3Mb)

Heritage documentation (DOC 24Mb)

Council’s planning officers are available to discuss the new zones and overlays and the implications they may have for any planning permit application. Please contact Council’s City Development Branch on 9240 1111 should you require any further information.

Key dates

11 August 2016
The amendment is advertised in the Government Gazette and is formally introduced into the Merri-bek Planning Scheme.

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