St Albans Road, Sunshine North
Development Victoria acquired the Sunshine North site from City West Water, following their relocation to new offices in 2015. The site was then rezoned from a Public Use Zone to part Mixed-Use Zone and part General Residential Zone.
The development will provide approximately 300 townhouses consisting of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms suitable to a range of households including, first home buyers, key workers to support the neighbouring health and education precinct, young professionals, couples, growing families and established families.
All homes will be located close to the newly created local park and surrounded by green spaces.
Sunshine North is considered an ideal location due to its easy access to amenities, public transport, major roads and freeways.
The Sunshine North development is placed within the heart of the growing and progressive west Melbourne corridor.
Development Victoria is also undertaking project management of the adjacent Stony Creek development that will provide a significant open space asset to the existing and new communities.
12.5ha project area
300 new homes
$51m health research centre
Sunshine is a high profile Local Government Area of which the City of Brimbank is the local governing authority. It's been recognised in State Government planning policies as an important activity centre and one of six National Employment Clusters with an expected population growth of 60,000 over the next 20 years.
Growth will be driven by expanding tertiary education, healthcare, retail and professional services.
Health is an important aspect, with a proposed $51 million health research centre and the completed Joan Kirner Women and Children's Hospital adjacent to Sunshine Hospital.
The key objectives are to provide:
- A development built around a well-connected community
- A high-quality urban design outcome
- Diverse and well-planned housing options
- Walkability through pedestrian and cycling links
- Future retail and commercial opportunities on-site
The development is located approximately 13km west of Melbourne's CBD. The site is bound by St Albans Road, Western Ring Road, Stony Creek and vacant land to the south.
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Between November and December 2016, Development Victoria undertook community engagement on its planned development of the Sunshine North site.
The preferred scheme developed by Development Victoria did not have scope for extensive engagement, therefore an ‘inform’ approach based on the IAP2 spectrum was implemented.
Feedback received from the Sunshine North community was noted and implemented in the design of the master plan.
Key issues raised by the community included:
- Concerns the development would increase vehicle traffic
- Retention of trees
- Management of grasslands to prevent bushfires
- Traffic noise from the Western Ring Road
- Population impacts on the local primary school
There was ongoing negotiations with Brimbank City Council in 2018—2019 as part of the Development Plan approval that was achieved in February 2019 forming the basis for planning applications for development and subdivision of the site.