The draft Structure Plan presents a vision for the Glen Huntly area in 2036. This vision has been crafted from community feedback and reads:
'Glen Huntly will use Booran Reserve and the emerging cultural offerings to become a new, exciting destination that acts as a focal point for the local community, with a diverse range of retail and hospitality experiences. The centre will be attractive, clean and safe and support pedestrian and cycling access'
Together with presenting a vision, a structure plan is an opportunity to capture the 'story' of Glen Huntly, shared by the community who contributes towards it's development - and an opportunity to ensure that this storyis translated into the way the area looks, feels and functions in the future.
The key aspects of Glen Huntly's story, expressed in the Plan are around it's place as a cultural precinct with:
- diverse people and activities,
- visible street culture and nightlife,
- a historic and unrefined appearance,
- colourful and artistic edge, and familiar, friendly faces.
Within the Glen Huntly area, there are currently many different uses of land, from restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and service providers to residential. To ensure land use in Glen Huntly supports current and future needs, while maintaining Glen Huntly’s character and identity, the plan sets out some strategies.
These include encouraging mixed use development in the centre core, seeking redevelopment at key opportunity sites, supporting opportunities for office-based employment, providing affordable housing as part of larger projects, and supporting small community meeting spaces that fit the context of Glen Huntly.
To support these strategies, the Plan divides the structure plan area into precincts. You can find the full map of these Precincts on page 15 and a description of how each is envisaged and planned for differently.
The draft Plan sets out urban design principles to shape Glen Huntly's built form of the future, in ways that respect the existing urban structure, whilst responding to the future character of Glen Huntly as a major activity centre.
These principles relate to:
Identity - the distinctive features of Glen Huntly Road
Public realm amenity - improving accessibility, interest, invitation and human scale
Vibrancy - engagement, day/night, activation and activity
Resilience and sustainability - endurance of design and surround public realm
Building massing - delivery of elegant architectural compositions
Fine grain street wall - retaining and respecting the character of the street along the Glen Huntly shopping strip
Residential character - respecting and responding to the existing and preferred character of residential streets
Sensitive interfaces - respecting amenity and transitions to spaces and interfaces
Sky view - openness within the street
Design excellence - a high standard of design
Following this, the draft Plan then considers a built form framework. You can find this on Page 20 of the draft Plan.
The Built Form Framework presents heights and setbacks designed to accommodate development that will fit the scale and character of the Glenhuntly Road shopping strip. The framework starts with these urban design principles.
Urban designers then used 3D modelling to test how buildings of different heights and setbacks might look. The following aspects were considered:
- street wall height;
- building height and street relationship;
- street and upper level setbacks; and
- impacts of visual bulk and overshadowing.
Currently there are no height limits on the commercially-zoned land in Glen Huntly. The proposal is to introduce discretionary height limits to most of the commercial area based on the detailed urban design analysis.
For the centre of the commercial strip where old shop fronts are intact, height limits are proposed to be mandatory, to better ensure the village character is protected. Some of the land in the Western Mixed Use Precinct is residential. Current planning controls limit those heights to three storeys. The Plan proposes a mandatory limit of four storeys, also based on urban design analysis. Buildings along the shopping strip are intended to accommodate retail uses at the ground floor, and a mix of offices and residences above.
The draft Plan guides provision of more opportunities for people to meet and gather within the centre of Glen Huntly.
Key strategies will work towards this goal. These include:
- advocating for new, high-quality open space to come from the level crossing removals
- including art and design in public space that reflects local Glen Huntly culture
- supporting a network of spaces, connected by walking and cycling paths throughout the area
- reclaiming part of Watson Grove as walkable public space and actively exploring opportunities for more
- ensuring that public spaces are inclusive, inviting, accessible and open
Pages 27 and 28 of the draft Plan include some maps and images of proposed locations of public space. Check them out!
Glen Huntly has a rich array of transport options, including train, tram, bus, pedestrian and cycle networks and roads. The draft Plan sets out strategies to improve these, and ease congestion for all modes. These strategies include:
- increase/improve walking access to the station as part of the level crossing removals
- enhance walking connection over Glenhuntly Road to Grange Road
- Retain Moodie Street underpass and pedestrian crossing at Wattle Avenue
- Fill gaps and upgrade sections for a seamless north-south cycling link through Glen Huntly to Caulfield and beyond
- Advocate for an improved bus interchange along Neerim Road
- Improve walkability on Watson Grove
- Increase bicycle parking
- Advocate for redevelopment of surface car parking on VicTrack land - no net loss of public parking
Pages 33 and 34 of the draft Plan include maps of planned changes and improvements.
The draft Plan identifies a number of sites in the central area as places of opportunity. Some sites offer opportunity for taller buildings, to meet the needs of a growing community, whilst retaining street character, residential surrounds.
There are four opportunity sites.
1. The west side of Booran Road, at Glenhuntly Road
2. A mixed-use site in the central area adjacent to the rail line
3. Areas to the east, at the edge of the activity centre
4. Huntly Street
The draft Plan includes a description of these sites at the moment, and outlines an objective for these sites in the future. You can read this in more detail by going to page 38-41 of the draft Plan.
In 2018, the State Government announced the removal of the level crossings at Glen Huntly and Neerim Roads. Council cannot implement the community's ideas directly, but we can provide compelling input on behalf of the community ideas shared with us.
The draft Plan sets out a vision for the removals, shaped by the community's engagement with us.
It reads: A distinctive and integrated station with a new public space forms the heart of Glen Huntly activity centre. Public realm improvements transform Glenhuntly Road into an attractive shared zone for all modes. The railway reserve forms a safe and functional shared path connecting Glen Huntly to neighbouring Caulfield and Ormond activity centres. Well-integrated mixed-use development brings life and activity.
The draft Plan sets out concepts for the crossing removals on pages 46-47. Reflecting what we have heard that people want from this project, the draft Plan presents important elements that we will advocate to see achieved. These are:
- Public amenity
- Development, design and land use
We've heard from many community members on a wish to see a focus on sustainability into the future for Glen Huntly. The draft Plan sets out some key strategies to ensure that Glen Huntly is growing sustainably. These include:
- Protecting the urban forest corridor along the rail line
- Increasing indigenous tree planting, on nature strips and in public open space
- Encouraging sustainable building design
- Encouraging water sensitive design
- Supporting urban greening in the private realm, including in new residential developments
- Incorporating and Environmentally Sustainable Design policy into the Glen Eira Planning Scheme.