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Draft Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan

Draft Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan

Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan

The City of Greater Dandenong has prepared a Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan. The plan will guide the future land use, development, growth potential and servicing for the centre for the next 20 years.

The Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan sets out the key objectives and strategies to guide and facilitate development, land use, movement, public realm and open space improvements, strategic opportunities, economic/social planning and sustainability outcomes.

Adopted Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan 2017 cover

What is a Structure Plan?

A structure plan is a long term guide for change to land use, building and public spaces in an activity centre. A structure plan creates a framework detailing how the centre is planned to develop and the actions needed to realise that framework.

A structure plan is a tool to help manage, influence and facilitate change within individual activity centres, in accordance with the directions of State planning policy.

Structure plans help manage and facilitate major changes to land uses, the built form and public spaces located within activity centres.

About the structure plan

The structure plan aims to:

  • manage land use and encourage economic activity
  • achieve excellence in built form and urban design for new developments
  • encourage and promote alternative transport and movement options to the car
  • improve and increase its open space and public realm provisions.

The Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan is organised around 11 precincts and includes objectives and strategies that outline how the overall vision will be achieved in relation to the following four key themes: 

Land use and economic activity

Built form and urban design

Transport and movement

Open space and public realm

Why does Springvale need a structure plan?

Springvale Activity Centre is a popular and vibrant multicultural retail and commercial centre. It is well serviced with food, groceries and produce, restaurants and bakeries and has a growing health service precinct.

The centre contains and is within close proximity to primary and secondary schools, has a well-connected transport system and has a growing apartment market.

A significant amount of change has occurred in and around the Springvale Activity Centre in recent times including the removal of the Springvale Road level crossing and the associated redevelopment of the railway station and bus interchange.

Springvale has the potential to accommodate more intensive development and provide capacity for new higher density housing and commercial uses, providing housing and employment.

The level crossing removal has opened up the north and south of the centre for improved access and movement. The level crossing removal is considered the single most important change in the centre in the past five years and is seen as a catalyst for redevelopment and investment in the centre.

The Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan will provide Springvale Activity Centre with the policy framework and direction to ensure sustainable growth and development in the centre.

Vision for Springvale

The structure plan provides a long term vision for the Springvale Activity Centre and will be used to guide and manage future change in the area. 

Council has drafted a vision for the future of Springvale, which is:

  • Springvale will build on its unique cultural and Asian food retailing strengths, business growth and local employment opportunities

  • Springvale will have greater housing choices and safer and more attractive streets

  • Springvale will ensure the design of new buildings is site responsive, innovative and achieves environmentally sustainable design outcomes

  • Springvale will have a high degree of connectivity and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Springvale will have distinctive and safe green open spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy 

Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan 2010

Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan (PDF - 3MB)

In 2010, Council prepared the Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan for the purpose of creating a planning and design framework to guide the centres’ redevelopment. The structure plan is a reference document to the Springvale Activity Centre Local Planning Policy within the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme. The new structure plan will replace this document.

Next steps

Council officers submitted a report for consideration at the 24 July 2017 Council meeting. At this meeting Council accepted and adopted the Springvale Activity Centre Structure Plan and Action Plan.

Council officers also received permission at the 24 July 2017 Council meeting to commence the statutory process for Planning Scheme Amendment C203 and seek authorization from the Minister for Planning to prepare an amendment to the Greater Dandenong Planning Scheme.


Further information

For enquiries relating to this amendment, please contact Council's Strategic Planning department on 8571 1000 or email