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The Vision for Box Hill

Council is now inviting comment on the Analysis and Options Report until Friday 2 August 2019.

Box Hill is designated as a Metropolitan Activity Centre (MAC) under current state policy Plan Melbourne and is to be the focus of substantial development, growth and investment. The Box Hill Transit City Activity Centre Structure Plan (the Structure Plan) is the current guiding document for Council, stakeholders and the community. The Structure Plan needs to be updated to coordinate development and enhancement of the centre into the future.

The Structure Plan was originally adopted by Council at its meeting on 18 June 2007. The Structure Plan was finalised after review of community feedback received during display of the Draft Plan during November/December 2006.

Since the Structure Plan was developed, significant land use, growth and demographic change has occurred in Box Hill which means it is time to review and update the Structure Plan to ensure it remains current and relevant. 

The project to review the vision is well underway. At a Council meeting on 27 May 2019, Council resolved to release the Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre Analysis and Options Report for consultation with the community.

The Council Report for 27 May 2019 is available online at Agendas & Minutes page. 

The individual chapters of the Analysis and Options Report are also available for downloading:

  • pdf icon Introduction (5.76MB) 
  • pdf icon Strategic Context part 1 (6.12MB)
  • pdf icon Strategic Context part 2 (10.88MB)
  • pdf icon Review of Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre part 1 (14.95MB)
  • pdf icon Review of Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre part 2 (10.41MB)
  • pdf icon Review of Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre part 3 (9.96MB)
  • pdf icon Future Options for Box Hill (10.01MB)
  • pdf icon Appendices (6.75MB)


    A summary pdf icon Analysis and Options Report (8.42MB) is also available to download.

    What does the report include?

    The report provides a summary of the existing situation in the Box Hill MAC, including the planning and policy context, economic and demographic projections, development approvals and the emerging built form.

    The Report identifies opportunities for alternative approaches to planning and development in the MAC. This includes ideas for managing population and job growth, facilitating affordable housing and delivering high quality public spaces.

    What have we heard so far?

    Phase 1 of the project included community consultation in February.  This included an online survey and a pop-up session in the Box Hill mall.

    The Analysis and Options Report has a summary of this feedback as well as input from the Stakeholder Reference Group established for the project.  The group includes representatives from the local community, public authorities, land owners and large institutions such as the Box Hill Hospital and Box Hill Institute.

    Talk to the project team:

    Thursday 18 July from 4pm to 7pm
    Whitehorse Room, Box Hill Town Hall
    1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

    Saturday 27 July from 11am to 2pm
    Community Kiosk (outside Breadtop), Box Hill Mall

    The information will be the same at both sessions, so please come along to the one that suits you best. RSVP is also not required; drop in at any time during your chosen session.

    Have your say:
    Visit: https://oursay.org/whitehorsecitycouncil to complete a survey

    Download a copy of the survey:
    • pdf icon English (307.12kB)
    • pdf icon Mandarin (382.53kB)

    Email:     customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
    Post:       Strategic Planning
                   Whitehorse City Council
                   Locked Bag 2
                   Nunawading DC VIC 3131

    The closing date for feedback is Friday 2 August 2019.

    What happens next?

    Community consultation on the Box Hill Metropolitan Activity Centre Analysis and Options Report will complete Phase 1 of the project.  All feedback will be considered for Phase 2.

    Phase 2 of the project will develop draft recommendations for the Box Hill MAC and a revised Structure Plan. It is also proposed to prepare an Urban Design Framework for the Box Hill MAC. There will be consultation on the outcomes from Phase 2 in the future.

    Phase 3 of the project will involve finalising the Structure Plan and preparing planning scheme controls, if needed, to implement the project recommendations. Any planning scheme controls will be the subject of a separate statutory planning scheme amendment process.

    How can I find out more information?

    For further information, contact the Strategic Planning Unit on 9262 6303 or by email to customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au. Alternatively, visit the Planning Counter at the Whitehorse Civic Centre.

    Read the pdf icon Box Hill Structure Plan (5.57MB) in full.


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