Interim built form controls approved for Carnegie, Elsternwick and Bentleigh activity centres

August 2018


On the 17 August, 2018 Amendment C157 to the Glen Eira Planning Scheme was gazetted, which introduces interim built form controls to the Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh activity centres. Proposed permanent controls are ultimately anticipated to be pursued through a conventional planning scheme amendment process, including formal exhibition.

The interim controls are imposed under the Design and Development Overlay- Schedules 8, 9 and 10, and largely serve to reduce the building heights previously allowed for. The relevant DDO schedules do not contain transitional provisions, meaning the new controls affect all current planning permit applications within the centres.

The key built form requirements of the new controls include:


For heritage residential areas, discretionary maximum building height of 2 storeys.

For a section of heritage shops on Glen Huntly Road, discretionary maximum building height of 4 storeys.

For the commercial end of Glen Huntly Road between Nepean Highway and the railway line, discretionary maximum building height of 12 storeys.

For a portion of Selwyn Street, a discretionary maximum building height of 10 storeys.


In the Koornang Road core commercial area, mandatory maximum building height of 4 storeys.

For the commercial area between Dandenong Road and the railway line, mandatory maximum building height of between 4 and 12 storeys.

For residential precincts within the structure plan area, mandatory maximum building height of between 2 and 4 storeys.


Maximum mandatory building height of between 2 and 5 storeys.

Discretionary setback controls and building design guidelines have also been proposed for each activity centre.

DDO8: Bentleigh Precinct Plan

DDO9: Carnegie Precinct Plan

DDO10: Elsternwick Precinct Plan

The gazettal of Amendment C157 reflects a recurring recent trend of Ministerial approvals for interim built form controls without formal exhibition.

Council’s desire to ensure that development proposals within its centres are consistent with the outcomes sought in its recently adopted structure plans is understandable. However, the introduction of interim controls, including mandatory built form requirements with no transitional provisions, does bring into question whether the Amendment upholds the principles of a ‘fair and orderly’ planning process.

For more information or advice on how Amendment C157 may impact the current or future development potential of land in affected areas, please contact Elle Harrington or your existing SJB Planning contact.

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