About the project
The site at 15-29 Coomoora Road, Springvale South was a Department of Education (DET) site that was declared surplus. The land was rezoned in July 2016 from Public Use Zone 2 to Neighbourhood Residential Zone allowing the land to be redeveloped for residential purposes.
Development Victoria’s vision is to turn the site into a welcoming and inclusive residential community, that provides homes for a diverse range of people in Springvale South and the surrounding community.
It is proposed that the development will deliver 85-90 residential townhouses with a mix of two, three and four bedrooms, and landscaped open spaces.
Approximately 5% of the total homes, will be sold to a housing association to deliver affordable housing for key workers.
The site, located on the eastern side of Keysborough Primary School, was part of the former Keysborough College (Coomoora Campus) which was closed in 2011 as part of a schools’ merger. Thereafter, the land was declared surplus to education requirements by the DET.
The 2.4-hectare site was rezoned in July 2016, from Public Use Zone 2 – Education (PUZ2) to the Neighbourhood Residential Zone 1 (NRZ1) (Ref: C190 Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme amendment).
Development Victoria has since purchased the land and is the sole land owner and developer of the land.
The population of Greater Dandenong is growing. According to the Greater Dandenong Housing Strategy 2014-2024, the population of the area is expected to rise from 147,000 in 2014, to 179,000 in 2024. This statistic not only impacts the local community but every city in Australia.
In the Springvale South area, the strategy outlines the requirement to provide housing that enables all residents to access a range of affordable, sustainable and well-designed housing. It also emphasises the need to plan for the adequate supply of land for effective residential development to address the suburbs population growth.
To solve this, Development Victoria will increase housing supply and offer a range of affordable housing options targeted to a broad range of people including first home buyers, growing families and those in need of assistance to access the housing market.
The affordable housing strategies this project proposes to implement are:
- meet the supply of affordable housing by responsibly increasing housing density
- approximately 5% of total homes will be sold to a registered housing association to deliver affordable housing to Victorians on moderate household incomes so they can meet their other essential basic living costs
- the majority of homes will be sold to the private market below the median house price in the suburb.
Development Victoria is committed to delivering sufficient housing to address demand, while responding to the local environment and neighbourhood character.
Development Victoria hosted two community information sessions, so members of the community could drop-in to learn more about the proposed development and share any feedback.
The sessions were held on Saturday 2 March and Tuesday 5 March at the Theatre, Keysborough Primary School.
Frequently Asked Question’s about the project were made available at the sessions to take home and read.
An online survey was also completed where community members told us what was important in their community.
Khmer and Vietnamese interpreters attended both events to ensure all members of the community could drop in and learn more about the project.
The project team are now collating the feedback shared at the sessions and from the survey to help improve the final proposal.
It is anticipated the final proposal will be lodged to the City of Greater Dandenong in the coming months.