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The planning scheme describes and controls how land in an area can be used and developed. The current planning scheme for the Brunswick Activity Centre is so complex it is very difficult for anyone to understand what use and development Council and the community support.
The Merri-bek community’s vision is to: Live locally, have vibrant businesses, encourage more businesses to invest, have access to services. Council has been working towards this vision in many ways.
But in the Brunswick Activity Centre, new developments are focusing on apartments and not providing enough space for new businesses.
Merri-bek City Council wants to encourage business investment and jobs in the Brunswick Activity Centre to ensure the vibrancy of the area does not decline.
More information about the background to the proposed
Brunswick Activity Centre Zone, is in the Draft Brunswick Activity Centre Structure Plan (PDF 3.17MB).
Elements that will not change are:
Council is considering reviewing building heights and heritage in a future project, but this is not something that is being proposed at the moment.
The state government is responsible for the planning system and processes, including community involvement. These are things that Council cannot change and are outside the scope of this project.
In 2021 and 2022 Council invited ideas from the community about how we could ensure the Brunswick Activity Centre is a vibrant area to live, work and play.
We have used this feedback to guide the changes we’re proposing. To find out more about what you told us and the resulting key proposed changes, read our Find out more about Vibrant Brunswick page.
A report on the feedback to date (PDF 2.12MB) is now available to read.
The map below outlines the proposed borders of the Brunswick Activity Centre zone. The draft Brunswick Activity Centre will apply to all properties within the boundary.
You can enter your address in the search bar on the map to see if your property is located within the proposed zone.
This map is best seen on a desktop or laptop computer
If you have neither, consider visiting one of our libraries.
If you have trouble reading this map please contact Principal Strategic Planner, Karen Bayly via KBayly@merri-bek.vic.gov.au or 9240 1111 and she can tell you if your property is included in the proposed Brunswick Activity Centre.
Submissions are now closed
Submissions are now closed
Find out more about the background of this project.
Read answers to frequently asked questions.
Read our explanation
Download the engagement report about the first two phases of community engagement
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