The Victorian Planning Minister has just announced that amendment VC92 has been approved and has now explicitly included Fisherman's Bend (below), E-Gate (another are to the north of Docklands) and Richmond Station to the east to the planning scheme that have allowed the CBD, Docklands and Southbank to grow how they have been now - the largest inner-city rezoning in Australia's history.
The first area that has now been announced that will get the go ahead sooner than the mooted 25 year timeframe previously announced will be the new suburb of Montague (named after the main st through the area) - in the below pic, Stage 1
THE first areas identified for CBD-style development at ''Fishermans Bend'' are located in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne industrial areas - not near the General Motors Fishermans Bend facility on the banks of the Yarra River.
A departmental briefing shows the first four areas targeted to accommodate up to 60,000 new residents and 24,000 homes are almost all south of the West Gate Freeway in industrial land running to Williamstown Road.
Planning advice to the department said a development of this size in Port Melbourne would require new community facilities, including ''schools, potentially five primary schools and two secondary'', shops and open space.
Earlier this month Port Phillip Council announced plans for up to 13,000 new homes as part of high density development in the Montague Street area.
Today, we got names of the 4 new Fisherman's Bend suburbs: Montague (stage 1), Wirraway (stage 4 - I think), Sandridge (stage 3 - I think) and Lorimer (stage 2).
Concept from today's HUN paper for Montague:
Montague is in the City of Port Phillip local government area, right nextdoor to City of Melbourne, and they have a brochure out on the structure plan here: http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/MO..._Brochure_.pdf
Split in a more medium-density / Berlin/Vienna/Paris style ("urban small") in the "Southern Neighbourhood" and more akin to what we know in Docklands (podiums like in "urban small" neighbourhood, but with towers setback and rising above them) in the "Northern Neighbourhood" - the boundary is the existing ex-heavy rail now light-rail (tram) #109 tram route
Not entirely clear what the target is - on one hand the Port Phillip brochure states up to 25k people could be living there, yet the main HUN article today stated 60k people will live in the entire Fishermans bend area (Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4).
anyhow - Port Phillip's numbers (from brochure)
50ha in area
up to 25k people living there
15k working there.
that's density stat of 500 people per hectare assuming the top end of the range.
50 hectares = 0.5 square kilometres / just under 0.2 square miles..... aka mega density.
Before Phases 2, 3 and 4 start, we're going to need a cross-rail-like line linking the west, Fisherman's Bend and Docklands/CBD as the tram lines as they are right now will not cope with 60k-100k people eventually.