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Key details

Location
433 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Policy objective
Create an urban village that includes new housing, community facilities, and open space.

Overview

The former Fitzroy Gasworks site is an important part of Fitzroy North’s industrial and social heritage.

We are transforming the former Fitzroy Gasworks site into a vibrant new neighbourhood in the heart of Melbourne. 

Development Plan Exhibition  

After detailed planning work and community consultation, we have published the Development Plan (download on the resource page), outlining the vision for the site that has been carefully created following all of the community and stakeholder feedback. This is the culmination of many hours of community and stakeholder engagement and would not have been possible without the input of the community. This is your opportunity to see your vision and ideas come to life.

The Development Plan submission is a major milestone in the project as it ensures any future development on the site complies with Development Victoria’s vision once approved. This provides certainty about the nature of the proposed use and development to the community, stakeholders and the Minister for Planning, including building heights and open space requirements.  

The formal exhibition period of the Development Plan is open from 10 November and will run for four weeks to 8 December. Following the formal exhibition period, the Development Plan will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval, including the results from our community consultations. 

You can read the Development Plan and take our survey here.

We are also inviting the community to attend a range of information sessions where we will present the Development Plan to you. Register for an online information session here.

Read more about the Development Plan below. 

The vision for the site is to create an urban village offering a range of residences including affordable housing, community amenity, retail offerings, a sports centre and open space. The Department of Education (DET) and Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) are also facilitating the development of a senior high school adjacent to our residential and mixed-use development. 

3.9ha project area

20% affordable housing

1,200 new apartments

8% public open space

  • buildings to reflect the local character in terms of built form, materiality and uses.
  • establish a central community heart linking together diverse public spaces with places to play.
  • maximise urban greening by introducing trees, ground cover, vertical and roof top vegetation.
  • create ground floor uses that showcase a variety of activities and provide activation.
  • the plan has achieved a 6-star green star communities rating through the Green Building Council of Australia.
  • maximise potential for energy generation on site, with solar panels to most rooftops.
  • maximise thermal performance of buildings for lower living costs over time.
  • minimise waste produced on site, with consolidated collection points.
  • targeting 8% public open space with an additional 8% private open space.
  • delivered through laneways and arcades, gateways and urban greening.
  • include a community garden with 220m2 of agricultural space for the residential community to access.
  • delivery of 20% affordable housing. 
  • a mix of one, two and three-bedroom dwellings.
  • a priority on housing that is affordable to rent; ensuring accessibility.
  • encourage a variety in building heights up to 10 storeys.
  • flexible spaces that may include retail, hospitality, office and coworking spaces, affordable workspaces for creative industries, galleries, grocery stores and gyms.
  • restoration of the heritage listed valve house.
  • create a pedestrian-priority neighbourhood with consolidated parking and minimalreliance on.
  • create high-quality pedestrian and tram links that integrated with the surrounding community.
  • create a high-quality street at the heart of the precinct for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicular pick up and drop off.

Key outcomes

While the final design is yet to be confirmed, the following elements are likely to be included within the broader precinct:

  • 1,200 apartments
  • A 650-student senior high school set to open in 2022.
  • A sports centre catering for a range of sports to be delivered by Development Victoria.
  • A community facility to be developed in consultation with council
  • All site car parking to be located underground, with bicycle parking above-ground
  • Eight per cent of the site to be offered as public open space
  • Adaptive reuse of the Valve House and relocation and restoration of the Porter Iron Store (subject to approval by Heritage Victoria)

Approach

This vision for the redevelopment of Fitzroy Gasworks is supported by seven guiding principles:

  1. A precinct with areas of recreation and open space
  2. A mix of built form, housing and land
  3. An environmentally responsible precinct
  4. Community facilities and amenities
  5. Sustainable transport and permeability
  6. Promotion of cultural diversity, indigenous recognition, and respect for heritage and history
  7. A well-designed planning and engagement process

Between 2016 and 2017, we undertook community and stakeholder engagement to identify local priorities and aspirations for the site. The community identified the need for a school, sports centre, affordable housing and open space. Through this consultation the community also provided feedback about height and density, traffic, parking and the heritage of the site.

In October 2019, the draft concept plans were presented for further community feedback. This feedback was used to help shape the Development Plan for the precinct.

The Development Plan is being exhibited throughout November 2021.

The Minister for Planning approves the Development Plan.

The Department of Treasury and Finance has appointed Enviropacific to manage remediation of the contaminated Fitzroy Gasworks land.

Location

The site is bordered by Smith Street, Alexandra Parade and Queens Parade, and has an area of 3.9ha.

It's surrounded by the suburbs of Fitzroy, Clifton Hill, and Collingwood.

Who to contact about this project

For more information about the remediation process visit: 
Enviropacific

Or call the dedicated project number:
1800 560 822

Development Victoria

Customer service
Ph: 131 852
fitzroy.gasworks@development.vic.gov.au

Media
Ph: 03 8317 3700
media@development.vic.gov.au

City of Yarra

Ph: 03 9658 9658
After hours: 03 96589774


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Project timeline

  • Mid-2018 to mid 2019: Remediation planning
  • Early-2019 to mid 2020: Development plan review
  • Early-2021: Remediation complete, and construction begins

Overview of remediation

Remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from environmental sources such as soil, groundwater, sediment or surface water.

The site is contaminated due to its former use as a gasworks, and is subject to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Up Order.

The removal of contaminated soil is required to deliver a cleaner, safer environment for the people of Fitzroy North and future users of the proposed site.

The Department of Treasury and Finance has appointed Enviropacific to manage remediation of the contaminated Fitzroy Gasworks land.

If you have a question about the remediation process, you can email the Enviropacific team.


FAQ

Phase 1 remediation work began in 2018, including further investigation of the soil and the preparation of the site’s remediation action plan.

Phase 2 works began in April 2019. This involves the excavation of contaminated material down to a depth of 10 metres. The materials will then be removed off-site to an approved processing facility. 

Due to the extent of contamination on site, trees will be removed as part of the remediation works to satisfy the requirements of the EPA clean-up notice.

To mitigate the loss of the existing vegetation, Development Victoria is committed to replacing trees on a minimum one-to-one basis.

Remediation activities have been carefully planned to minimise noise and other disruptions.

The main sources of noise are likely to be truck movements to and from site, demolition, pilling and concrete breaking.

Noise and acoustic controls will be established in accordance with the approved Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). All activities will be completed in accordance with Council and EPA regulations. Noise baffles and other protection for equipment will be used during the remediation.

Building a community in the heart of Fitzroy

Development Victoria has worked with Fitzroy community members to identify local priorities and aspirations, and plans to address these as part of the development.

Between 2016 and 2017, the community provided input on: school and sports facilities, social housing, open space, community art, height and density, traffic, parking, and the heritage of the site.

In October 2019, community feedback was provided for the draft Development Plan via an online survey, pop-up information sessions, and two drop-in sessions.

 The project team are now incorporating this feedback ahead of the formal submission of the development plan in 2020.

A Community Reference Group (CRG) was established with 18 members representing the broader community. The CRG will continue to meet on an ongoing basis during the next phase of the project.

Ongoing engagement will be important to help shape the development plan. A further round of engagement will take place prior to the final Development Plan submission, expected to take place in early 2020.

Supporting documents used during the October 2019 engagement sessions include the project fact sheet and design boards.  

Fitzroy Gasworks Community Engagement

October 2019

History

Fitzroy Gasworks is located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people.

From 1859 to 1927 the site was used to supply gas to Melbourne. Gas continued to be stored on the site until the 1970s.

There is a Heritage Overlay on the former Fitzroy Gasworks Valve House, located in the south-west corner of the site.

The Valve House will be retained as a significant heritage element. Options for its re-use were considered as part of the community engagement in October 2019.

The J. H. Porter Iron Store formerly located on the Council depot site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as being of State significance.

The Heritage Overlay is only applicable for the asset, and not the land it sits on. A heritage permit has been issued by Heritage Victoria for Development Victoria to carefully restore and relocate the J. H. Porter Iron Store at a new location in Fairfield Park.

Updated on 10 November 2021