Piloting New Built Form Guidelines In Moonee Ponds


Moonee Ponds Activity Centre Built Form Framework




City of Moonee Valley


Hodyl + Co have prepared new built form guidelines for Moonee Ponds Activity Centre. The proposed changes to existing policy will undergo community consultation in 2019.

Moonee Ponds is a neighbourhood in the inner-north of Melbourne. It is an identified Major Activity Centre centred on Puckle Street, the traditional high street. The Moonee Ponds activity centre was the first project announced in the state government's Activity Centre Pilot Program. This program sought to identify how planning controls in activity centres could more effectively support adopted council strategies, provide clarity on the use of height controls, and provide certainty for the community on the future scale of development. The key impetus for the program was community concern over the approval of a 30-storey tower development that is double the preferred height limit specified in the planning policy.

View from Moonee Ponds station of new tower developments (currently under construction)

The Work We Did

Hodyl+ Co were engaged to develop built form controls for the Moonee Ponds activity centre. Our work includes the preparation of revised planning controls that respond to the valued character of the precinct, that improve design outcomes and that contribute to the delivery of identified strategic objectives within the centre. The controls need to support projected population growth, retention of jobs and expansion of employment opportunities and the delivery of high quality open space and affordable housing.

View of Puckle Street with new tower development in background (under construction)

The built form controls must successfully deliver design excellence on large complex strategic sites, as well as catering to smaller, infill sites. Our approach incorporated an iterative design process involving the establishment of context-specific design principles and extensive built form testing.